The Specialty Coffee Expo is the biggest thing around for a lot of coffee professionals. That’s certainly true for us in Hawaii, as we don’t get to see our mainland industry friends too often. It’s a great chance to catch up and to see what everyone else has been working on over the last year.
This year, the Specialty Coffee Expo was an even bigger deal for us because we were teaching classes. Brit and Brian both taught courses with about 40 students in each section. That’s a big jump from our usual 6-person classes at the lab. It was challenging, and involved some late nights of prep. Ultimately, though, we had a great time and really enjoyed working with so many wonderful students.
Our friends over at the Hawaii Coffee Association were at Expo as well (and in style). The HCA hosted a large booth for the second year in a row showcasing the variety, tradition, and innovation of the Hawaii coffee industry. It is always inspiring to see so many Hawaii coffee people in one place working together. Sadly, we were too busy talking story to remember to take any pictures!
After our responsibilities at Expo wound down, we had a chance to get out and about in Seattle. One of the best parts of the week was the Monday after Expo, when we wandered into Ghost Note Coffee for a quick spro and found the owner Christos hosting a giant cupping of all the leftover coffees people had accumulated from the show. What a great random find.
Since the 30 or so cups at Ghost Note didn’t seem like quite enough, we then headed over to our old friends at Broadcast Coffee. And, lo and behold, stumbled into another cupping in progress! This one was much smaller (only five coffees), but no less delicious. It was a great way to close out the week before heading back to the Big Island.