If you’re anything like me, coffee is an integral part of your everyday life. I can’t remember the last time I started my day without coffee. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I started my day without fantastic coffee.
Sacramento has become in recent years a great coffee town, with several shops taking quality and craft to new heights. Today marks the beginning of Specialty Coffee Week, a new collection of coffee-themed events intended to celebrate this city’s coffee culture, educate people about coffee and, more than anything, serve them more excellent java.
There are plenty of cool events happening. If you heard about Coffee Week and wondered what they could possibly do in terms of events, you might be surprised. Sacramento Beer Week (each February) has been a huge success, but we socialize with beer in a much different way than coffee. If we stood around knocking back coffee after coffee and discussing flavor notes, acidity and bitterness, it would just be weird. But coffee is, indeed, a social beverage. We gather, we sip, we read, we interact, we surf the web, we write, we people-watch, all with coffee as a companion.
Today, there are a couple of intriguing events, including a home roasters competition at Chocolate Fish (4749 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento) until 6 p.m. Each participant will pick up the same green coffee, roast it at home and submit it. The top two winners will be served Friday at Chocolate Fish. Very cool.
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On Tuesday, I’m excited about the talk by well-regarded local historian and author William Burg, who recently published the book “Midtown Sacramento.” One of the chapters deals with coffee. If you want to understand and appreciate what we have now, it’s always a good idea to be familiar with what happened to get us to this point. Burg’s talk is 7-9 p.m. at Insight Coffee, Capitol Cafe (1014 10th St., Sacramento), not to be confused with the flagship location in Southside Park.
On Wednesday 7-11 p.m. at Capital Dime (1801 L St. #50, Sacramento), it’s “Pushing Coffee Boundaries” with coffee cocktails. Apparently there are many more boozy coffee drinks than the Irish coffee. Find out what’s new and exciting from the folks at Old Soul and the Dime’s bartending crew. There will also be a flight Chemex-prepared coffee made as a chaser for various rare bourbons. Don’t know what Chemex is? Eesh! You’re way behind. Check in with a coffee professional at one of the top shops and find out why it’s one of the best (and most elegant)ways to brew coffee.
Not listed on the official Coffee Week website is a special Sacramento showing of “A Film About Coffee” on Thursday at the Crest Theatre. A reception starts at 6 p.m. in which various coffees will be served, followed by this documentary about how quality coffee is grown and all that goes into getting it into your cup from your favorite craft coffee shop. Following the movie, there will be a Q&A with a panel of experts, including Eileen Hassi-Rinaldi (founder of Ritual Coffee Roasters in San Francisco), Carter Gunn (editor of the film) and Lucky Rodrigues (co-founder of Insight).
There are plenty more events. This is the inaugural Specialty Coffee Week. If you’re into coffee and respect what Sacramento is doing to stand out as a great coffee town, go out and show your support by attending some of the events and, yes, drinking plenty of superb coffee.
To read The Bee’s coverage of Sacramento’s coffee scene published in a special issue of Feast, click here.
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