Online Coffee Events Happening This Week: May 11 – May 17th. 

We’re marching through May with ever so many more online coffee events. Consider mixing it up with coffee-themed virtual backgrounds. These virtual meet-ups are a welcome respite from binging the second season of Dead To Me.

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.

Elementary Coffee Co. Live Chat

About: Chatting with baristas, community members, creatives, farmers, small business owners, and overall rad humans about how they brew coffee at home, who they are, and what they are doing to continue pushing the community, their work, and their creative energy forward during this difficult time. We have hosted over 50 various folks from a spoken word poet to a candidate running for Congress. However, our most favorite sessions are often simple tutorials with our furloughed baristas at home showing us how they like to brew coffee. This is our way to continue to spread good cheer to our community and encourage positivity, creativity, and strength in an uncertain world!

When: Daily at 11am EST on Instagram

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

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.

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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

No Filter Coffee Festival (May 12-16)

About: Over the course of this four-day event, coffee professionals will take to Insta airwaves to offer the viewing public virtual coffee classes, roasting demos, giveaways, and so much more (y’know, all the stuff you’d expect to see at a coffee fest, but online). The schedule includes Brewing Espresso at Home hosted by Black & White Coffee’s Lem Butler, Sustainability & Coffee: A Virtual Coffee Chat by Counter Culture, COVID-19 and the Coffee Price Crisis hosted by 1000 Faces Coffee with special guest Felipe Croce of FAF Coffee Brazil, a look behind the scenes at a Peruvian coffee farm with Pure Intentions Coffee, and so much more.

When: May 12-16 on Instagram Live. More information here!

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 La Marzocco Sessions Present Live Chats

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About: La Marzocco is excited to bring a second Live Chat on the theme of the Local Coffee Climate at the time of Covid-19, Wednesday, May 13th at 2 pm GMT +1/3 pm CEST. Hear from La Marzocco UK & Ireland General Manager Paul Kelly, and La Marzocco China Marketing Manager, Alice Chen.

When: Wednesday, May 13th at 2 pm GMT +1/3 pm CEST on Instagram.

Cropster & Balzac Brothers Present: The RoastID competition – See the Curve, Match the Curve

About: We know many of you, like us have been home these past few weeks due to COVID. In an attempt to lighten everyone’s mood during these times, we’ve decided to team up again with our good friend’s Balzac Bros. to bring to you, RoastID a fun 3-week online challenge of roast curves and cup quality knowledge!

Think of it as matching a cupped coffee to the correct roast curve, except, you never cup the coffee (since we can’t do that right now). Competitors (that’s you) will enter an online quiz portal where we’ll present some roast curves. You can then try to match them to the correct cupping forms. You’ll need to use your understanding of how changes during the roast influence quality, and how those quality differences are scored and described on the cupping form. For example, think about what happens when a roast gets dropped 20 degrees darker than the previous roast – Wow! It’s a lot! We know.

That’s why this competition is more than a competition. It’s also an educational opportunity to learn from roasting experts about how roasting techniques and decisions (and the changes in the roast curve) influence the taste of the coffee. We are bringing on board the help from some of the brightest roasting minds in the industry to help us host a webinar after each round to reveal the answers, discuss the curves, talk about how differences in the roast curve translate to cup quality and provide participants with an opportunity to ask the guest roasting experts questions.

When: 13. May. 2020 – 27. May. 2020 / Watch this space for the link to enter the first round of RoastID on May 13th, 2020 12:00 am PDT

The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room Presents “What’s Happening In Ethiopia?”

The Crown

About: Join us for an update on the current state of affairs in Ethiopia featuring Royal Coffee’s CEO Max Nicholas-Fulmer, East Africa Buyer and Junior Trader, Caitlin McCarthy-Garcia, and Royal Coffee Representative, Haile Andualem, who is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Haile will share what’s been happening in the birthplace of coffee, and we will discuss what this means for coffee from this origin and how to plan your inventory accordingly.

When: May 14, 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.

#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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