On March 31st, 2014 Sprudge.com will be taking our first-ever trip to Montreal, to present as speakers at the first-ever Barista Nation event in Quebec. We’re longtime supporters of Barista Nation, an international event series geared towards educating coffee professionals and engaging speciality coffee enthusiasts through talks, tastings, demos, and dance parties. Our friends and partners at UNIC are Barista Nation’s anchor sponsor.

For Barista Nation Montreal, Sprudge.com co-founders and editors Zachary Carlsen and Jordan Michelman will be speaking on these topics:

Zachary Carlsen is presenting on alternatives to public cuppings in a talk called “Cuppings For Customers? Creative Alternatives“. Are public cuppings kind of gross? Are carefully curated tastings a much better and less disgusting way forward for specialty coffee? Mr. Carlsen has a lot to say on these topics, in what should be a lively and perhaps a touch controversial presentation.

Jordan Michelman is presenting on the growing field of coffee journalism in a talk called “Creating Creative Coffee Compositions“. This talk will outline where coffee journalism is at in 2014, and how you can get involved by finding stories, developing pitches, and having your writing purchased for publication by Sprudge.com.

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This talk will be similar to the one given at Barista Nation LA and at a series of Barista Guild of New Zealand events in Auckland and Wellington, yielding several successful feature purchases from promising young writers like Albert Au (Auckland), Richard Sandlin (Oakland), and Tyler Bruno (SoCal). 


There’s many more talks to be excited about at Barista Nation Montreal, whose event card up above is literally packed with must-see lectures. We’re particularly excited to check out talks from Barista Nation founder Anastasia Chovan and Brian Cornelson on the history of Barista Nation, hands-on machine demos and skill development exercises from Clayton Jones and Sauro Dall’Aglio, a presentation by Anthony Benda of the internationally revered Cafe Myriade, and a sure-to-be-fascinating panel discussion on creative career paths moderated by Sarah Allen of Barista Magazine.

After the event you can stick around for a high-stakes latte art throwdown with sweet prizes, and shake your butt to the funky tones of DJ Sprudge, appearing for the first time ever in Canada. Registration is open now for Barista Nation Montreal – to sign up, please donate $10 to CARE.org and send a copy of your receipt to BaristaNation@gmail.com. Space is limited, so act now and come be a part of this extraordinary event.

Barista Nation Montreal is sponsored by these fine companies.


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