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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Commonwealth Club to Host a Cupping, Confab for Coffee Enthusiasts

Posted By on Thu, May 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM

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How about a cup o' joe?

Three of the Bay Area's most recognized coffee roasters are joining the Commonwealth Club in the City to discuss the ABCs (acidity, brewing, and current crops) of the coffee revolution that we're all so high on, as well as many other topics under the proverbial java umbrella.

James Freeman of Blue Bottle Coffee, Eileen Hassi of Ritual Coffee Roasters, and Jeremy Tooker of Four Barrel Coffee -- all three owners of their respective brands, will be present -- and Marcia Gagliardi of Tablehopper will moderate the discourse.

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Freeman says it was a no-brainer decision for him to join the event because he loves talking about coffee, and is excited that an organization like the Commonwealth Club is focusing on the subject. The Club and its guests generally discuss politics, economics, and other staples of society.

"I think it speaks well for the increasing cultural prominence that the higher-end of the coffee industry is taking," says Freeman.

So, are you crazy for crema? Devoted to drum roasting? Tooker of Four Barrel certainly is. He says the open forum, Q&A style is where he thrives, and he loves telling people about what his company does.

All three companies will be bringing samples of their proprietary roasts, and most likely a Chemex coffeemaker for a "cupping," aka an educated and instructional tasting, which will take place prior to the forum. That should ensure some lively and energetic discussion.

"The Perfect Cup: Coffee Talk with San Francisco's Finest Roasters" is going down at 5 p.m. on May 28 at the Club offices at 595 Market St.

Tickets are $15 for Club members and $25 for non-members; grab them at the Commonwealth Club website.


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