Well shut my mouth and call me cornpone! Our friends and partners at Counter Culture Coffee are taking World Brewers Champion Erin McCarthy and teaming him up with the owners of Finca El Puente for an epic eight city RV cross-country thrill ride.

It’s a continuation of the company’s successful Works In Progress series, for which we were on hand as part of the Fruitbombs and Fermentation tour last year. This year, they’re calling this WIP tour “The Variety Show“, and there are eight free and open to the public events taking place around the US. will be embedded alongside portions of the event, riding roller coasters with El Puente’s Marysabel Caballero and Moises Herrera in Dollywood and learning a thing or two in Atlanta, Asheville, and Chicago. Expect laughs, thrills, spills, and chills!

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Here’s a schedule for the whole got dang thing:

Sat., Oct. 5th – Durham Training Center
Mon., Oct. 7th – Atlanta Training Center
Wed., Oct. 9th – Asheville Training Center
Fri., Oct. 11th – Chicago Training Center
Sun., Oct. 13th – Washington, DC Training Center
Tues., Oct. 15th – Philadelphia Training Center
Thurs., Oct. 17th – Boston Training Center
Sat., Oct. 19th – New York Training Center

Guests at each event will be treated to talks from Moises Herrera and Marysable Caballero, brewing tips and true-life stories of competition glory from Mr. McCarthy, a chance to taste a wide variety of the coffees grown at Finca El Puente, and a pop-up shop from Counter Culture featuring beans, gear, merch, and more. Each event also features a raffle to benefit World Coffee Research, with prizes from event sponsors like BonaVita, Baratza, and Kalita, all leading up to a grand prizing drawing at the last event in New York City. What is the Grand Prize, you say? How about a one-on-one coffee brewing session with Erin McCarthy right in your very own kitchen.

Much more information is here via Counter Culture, and we’ll totally see you at the events in Atlanta, Asheville, and Chicago!

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