The 2017 SCA Event is sure to be an august, thought-provoking, deal-making hubby hive of networking, get-working, ‘spro-slurping commerce and commingling. The show floor, she contains multitudes, and we'll be covering the heck out of it over the next week, but we know what you really care about. You really care about the parties. Because you love to party.
Below please find an expanding list of all the fun times happening over the next week in Seattle. If your party isn't listed and you'd like it to be, please hit us up and we'll add you to this post.
Wednesday, April 19th
Set your phasers to “chill” and join Michelle Johnson, publisher of The Chocolate Barista, for an All-Inclusive Pre-Expo Party at Cherry St. Public House, which is set to be a real hub for events and hangs throughout the week. Expect discounted drinks and free snacks thanks to sponsors Pacific Natural Foods. All are welcome!
Thursday, April 20th
Coffee is delicious—no arguments here—but when it gets to be around, let's say 6pm or so, we yearn for a splash of something a bit different in our glass. Natural wine is a real passion for us here at Sprudge and so please, join our friends and partners at Olympia Coffee Roasting Company as they team up with Seattle's Vif Coffee | Wine for an evening of living wine delights. This event is free and should be a fun, delicious, dare we predict classy way to kick things off over SCA weekend, with live music and support from event partners Baratza and Long Miles Coffee Project.
Perhaps the opposite end of the spectrum from the above Vif & Oly Coffee party is this sure-to-be-raucous TNT hosted at Conduit Coffee by NW Space Agency, in partnership with undercounter espresso mavericks Mavam. The event is a Macguyver-style throwdown, with a big weird variety of pouring vessels to select, everything from odd old mugs to hollowed out doll heads. That this party should fall on the 20th of April—a global stoner holiday—has not been missed by the event's organizers, and our very own DJ Sprudge is set to present a carefully curated set of weed anthems to close out the evening. Prizes at this event come from Mavam, Conduit Coffee, Sprudge, Visions Espresso, and Brew Global.
Assimilate with your fellow Borg-mates at this, the most official of all official parties happening on Thursday evening in Seattle. Entry is free with your SCA badge, and once inside you can bask in the moment's perfection with a tasty cold brew omega molecule cocktail, enjoy a virtual reality farm tour (!) courtesy of SCA Expo title sponsor Starbucks (!!), and ply your pours at stirring USCC latte art throwdown, complete with an $1000 cash prize from Pacific Foods.
Stumptown and Slingshot Party
The Crocodile (2200 2nd Ave)
The Crocodile is Seattle’s legendary live music menu in the heart of Belltown, and on Thursday it will play host to an epic party hosted by Stumptown Coffee and Slingshot. Check out the two brands’ new collaboration cold brew, “Long Distance Relationship”, and enjoy live music, coffee cocktails, delicious bao buns and more.
Throwdown at Victrola Coffee
Victrola Coffee (310 E Pike St)
Just three blocks from the Washington State Convention Center, Victrola will be hosting a good old-fashioned throwdown to kick the weekend off right. There's Freemont Beer to be had, sponsored by Pacific Food. 100% of beer sales goes toward building worker housing on Finca El Diamonte in Guatemala. Buy-in for the throwdown is $10.
Friday, April 21st
* Coffee ON:Line
Cherry St. Public House (210 Occidental Ave S.)
5:30PM — 8pm
Content creators are why coffee is such a big deal now, and this event celebrates them in the form of free drinks, a smart panel, and nice vibes. Coffee ON:Line is a new platform from content creators Ashley Tomlinson and Vania Ling, and Sprudge is proud to be sponsoring their inaugural event along with event hosts Cherry St. Public House. Panelists include our own staff writer Anna Brones, along with Brian Jones (DCILY), Erica Brianna (@thecoffeenomad), and Bryan Schiele (@letsbrew.coffee). Much more information is available at the official Coffee ON:Line website. Follow Coffee ON:Line on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and RSVP to join us at the April 21st event.
Red Fox Coffee Merchants Natty Wine Chill Sesh
Upper Bar Ferdinand (1424 11th Ave)
Oakland's Red Fox Coffee Merchants are hosting a chill sesh with tasty oysters, grilled snacks, good vibes, and plenty of delicious natural wine at Upper Bar Ferdinand. Please note there are 2 Bar Ferdinand's, and while both lovely, this event is at the 1424 11th Ave location, *not* the Melrose Market location
What if coffee had like, weed, man? This is the question that the Elevated Coffee Experience at Trichome seeks to answer. The really very nice Jackson St. smoke lifestyle shop has teamed up with Espresso Parts to serve up a strange brew of Elm Coffee Roasters filter infused with bud butter. There will be DJs, lots of non-coffee locals, and if the last time they threw this event is any indication, some pretty elaborate and frankly ominous looking dab rigs lurking downstairs. Tread wisely, and take a Lyft. This party has a $5 suggested donation and you need to RSVP via EventBrite.
Royal Coffee, Inc. Happy Hour
Maker Space (92 Lenora Street)
Join the crew from the Bay Area's Royal Coffee, Inc. at a chill happy hour with drinks and snacks.
Partly Sunny Party by Cafe Imports
Fremont Foundry Events (154 N 35th St.)
Cafe Imports always throw a great party at SCA, and this year–co-sponsored by Barista Magazine and Roast Magazine–is sure to be no different. With free food and drinks and hot beats from DJ RADAMES, there will be a lot of fun to be had.
Unofficial Coffee Technicians Party
Visions Espresso (2737 1st Avenue South)
Are you a coffee nerd of the wrench-turning variety? Do you look forward to the technical jargon portion of most Sprudge cafe write-ups? Then this is the party for you, with beer from Georgetown Brewery and a one-year Coffee Technicians Guild membership giveaway on offer.
Arbor Day Foundation Cocktail Party
Needle & Thread at Tavern Law (1406 12th Ave)
Want to have a chill night? A cocktail party is the perfect way to do that. Happening because “trees are cool,” the Arbor Day Foundation's shindig will feature cocktails and small bites at a bar inside a bar. It's a speakeasy-type sitch, which means there's limited seating and a password is required to get in. The password is “inga”.
Saturday, April 22nd
SCA Unic French Wine Reception
Columbia Tower Club (701 5th Ave, Ste 7500)
Wine is delicious—this we've established—and it goes great with a stunning view from high overlooking one of the world's most beautiful cities. Join UNIC Espresso of Nice, France for an evening celebrating delicious French wine, with an equally intoxicating view from the 76th floor of the Columbia Tower, in the heart of downtown Seattle. This event is free and open to coffee professionals and guests.
*La Marzocco 90th Anniversary 90s Music & Costume Party
La Marzocco Cafe (472 1st Ave )
Join us at the La Marzocco Cafe at KEXP—2016 Sprudgie Award winner for Best New Cafe—for an unforgettable night of looks, sounds, and moments that celebrate the 1990s, and the 90th anniversary of La Marzocco. There will be food trucks, batched Negronis, beer and cider. There will be hot DJs spinning the greatest hits of the Clinton era. There will be a very special costume contest, personally adjudicated by Sprudge Media Network founders Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen. All this and much more—join us, we predict this will be the party of the year—and yesteryear.
Camber Coffee Happy Hour
Sun Liquor (514 E Pike)
It's chill, it's delicious, and it's raising money for a good cause—this party has it all. Expect prizes from Acaia, Bonavita, and a grand raffle prize, the Baratza Sette, all with tasty cocktails and small bites from Sun Liquor.
Gianni's 80th Birthday Party
Cafe Vita Bean Room (1005 E. Pike)
Celebrate the man, the myth, the legend—Gianni Cassatini of Nuova Simonelli turns 80 this year, and you can celebrate with him in style at this very special event featuring an open bar, delicious pizzas, and live music.
Roasters Guild Party
Pyramid Alehouse (1201 1st Avenue South)
These events are always popular, but we couldn't find anything online about it—no Facebook event, no listing page via CoffeeExpo.org—if you know more about this sure-to-be-great event, especially regarding whether or not it is open to the public this year, please get in touch.
Sunday, April 22nd
Pretty stoked for this one, a unique all-women latte art competition with some really great prizes, hosted by Cherry St. Public House and presented by The Coffeewoman. All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood, and the winner receives a spiffy new Linea Mini courtesy of Counter Culture Coffee. Sign-up info is available via the event's official Facebook listing.
Barista Guild Party
Trinity Nightclub (111 Yesler Way)
These events are always popular, but we couldn't find anything online about it—no Facebook event, no listing page via CoffeeExpo.org—if you know more about this sure-to-be-great event, especially regarding whether or not it costs like $50 this year, please get in touch.
Know of more great parties? Reach out to Sprudge and we'll update this post! Have fun, stay safe, use Lyft.