Online Coffee Events Happening This Week: May 4 – May 10th. 

As in-person coffee events around the world are canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a number of online coffee events are popping up far and wide. While millions are staying home in an attempt to flatten the curve, these virtual meet-ups are a welcome respite from binging the third season of Westworld and playing Coffee Talk The Game.

Here are a few online events going on that you can participate in from home.

Coffee Break Virtual Cafe

About: Join Stephen James Davidson (Strange Bird Podcast, Ally Coffee) for a community coffee break every morning at 9AM PST on Zoom!

Coffee Break was created by Anderson Stockdale (Bellwether Coffee). She reached out to see if I would like to help out and I said yes and we have been collaborating since.

For me, hosting Coffee Break is only as important as those who join in and want to participate. I need this right now and it seems others do too. During this time of social distancing, it seems more important than ever to come together by any means and support one another by hanging out, listening to each other, sharing our lives and if you have a few bucks to spare, donating to one of the coffee companies we support each day or buying their merchandise. It has become a beautiful community that I hope continues to grow.

When: Every morning at 9AM on Zoom.

Coffee Break has a new website! Check it out here.

COVID-19’s Impact On Specialty Coffee Webinar with Boot Coffee

About: Willem Boot and the team at Boot Coffee are hosting weekly webinars on Mondays at 8AM PST.

We are recording each webinar and hosting the recordings on

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In the coming weeks, we are going to host other speakers, attempt to make it more of a conversational round-table, and plan to cover the following topics amongst others.

When: This is a recurring meeting happening now on Mondays at 8am Pacific Time at on Zoom.

Social Distancing Pseudo Pub Trivia with Jackson O’Brien

About: Join Peace Coffee Head Barista Jackson O’Brien for an evening of trivia on the chat platform Discord. Trivia begins at 7PM Central Time every Monday and is free and open to all.

When: Mondays 7:00PM CST on Discord

Virtual Coffee Tasting With Counter Culture Coffee

About: A new Instagram Live and virtual coffee tasting with CCC’s coffee team all over the country—they’ll be diving into a particular coffee each week and why it’s special, doing demos, and answering questions from viewers on Instagram.

When: Tuesdays at 2pm EST on IG @counterculturecoffee

The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room Presents “New Norms in Cupping & Quality Control”

About: As the country begins to reopen for business, how should coffee professionals adapt to the “new” normal when it comes to cupping & QC protocols? Join The Crown’s Education and Lab Manager Chris Kornman, Tasting Room Director Sandra Elisa Loofbourow, and Trader Caitlin McCarthy-Garcia as they discuss how best to navigate these vital aspects of the coffee business.

When: May 7, 2020 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Digital AA Meeting For Coffee People

About: Join coffee folx in recovery at this Digital Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting For Coffee People on Zoom. This is an open meeting—anyone in recovery or curious can attend!

When: Thursday, April 9th at 4PM CST on Zoom.

World Coffee Research Presents Rust: A History

About: In the midst of one of the worst human pandemics in a century, join us as we take a deep dive into coffee’s most notorious disease — coffee leaf rust. In a webinar with historian Stuart McCook, we will explore how plant epidemics, like people epidemics, are not created by the disease alone. To become an epidemic you need three things: The disease, a susceptible host, and the right environmental conditions (i.e., settings that enable the spread of disease).

There have been multiple epidemic outbreaks of coffee leaf rust over the last 200 years, including most recently in 2012-2014 in Central America. Histories of coffee leaf rust often, rightly, focus on its human and economic costs. Since the initial outbreak in the mid-nineteenth century, though, rust has also transformed the global coffee industry in other, less obvious ways. This talk will explore how rust has helped shape today’s global coffee industry and may continue to do so in the future.

World Coffee Research has, since its inception in 2012, focused on finding solutions to assist farmers cope with the challenge of coffee leaf rust as part of its program of applied research. We are excited to welcome Dr. McCook to give us context for understanding the difficulties posed by rust and what we can learn from legacy solutions. More about WCR’s work on rust here:

When: Friday, May 8, 2020 · 08:00:00 AM · Pacific Time (US & Canada) [Register Here]

#YouBrewYou With Counter Culture Coffee

About: Dubbed #YouBrewYou, this virtual weekly coffee tasting dives into one of CCC’s coffees, sharing the origin, tasting notes and a how-to on brewing.

When: Fridays at 10am EST on Instagram @counterculturecoffee

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