Here’s our round-up of the best parties, shin-digs, snowball fights, and hula dances of the SCA Global Specialty Coffee Expo week in Seattle!
*All events in Seattle
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19
Meet & Greet Hosted by the Chocolate Barista
Cherry Street Public House, 210 Occidental Ave. S
Notes: Free food, and beer, wine, and bubbles (21+ only) for super cheap—all thanks to Pacific Natural Foods! Special thanks to Laila and the Cherry Street Public House team for opening up their space for this!
THURSDAY, APRIL 20
Compitas and Coffee, with Fulcrum Coffee Roasters, Silver Cup, and Urban City Coffee
4660 Ohio Ave. S, Suite A
Notes: An evening of coffee, stories, and delightful food. Both two-time Costa Rica National Barista Champions, Ariel Bravo and Ricardo Azofeifa will be visiting and sharing. Special thanks to the co-hosts and partners: ICAFE Costa Rica, Asociación de Cafés Finos de Costa Rica, Café de Costa Rica
SCA Launch Party + USCC Latte Art Throwdown for $1,000
Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St.
Notes: Register to compete in the throwdown by clicking here
Mavam x NW Space Agency TNT
Conduit Coffee Company, 2501 Westlake Ave. N
Notes: 60 different vessels—mugs, vases, baby doll heads—for you to grab right before you pour! Music from Ben Libay and DJ Sprudge; beer from Fremont Brewing; Infused liquors and botanicals on a BKON Brewer; prizes from Mavam, Conduit Coffee, Sprudge, Visions Espresso, Brew Global
Stumptown Coffee Roasters + Slingshot Coffee Company
The Crocodile, 2200 2nd Ave.
Notes: Music by FKL, Chanti Darling, and DJ OCnotes; food and drink from It’s Baoi Time & Rogue Ales
FRIDAY, APRIL 21
Java Jog for a Cause
7 a.m. (10K) and 7:30 a.m. (5K)
South Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N
Notes: Fun, fitness, prizes to benefit coffee women around the world. Runners and walkers welcome. Or donate. javajog.org
Tour of La Marzocco
La Marzocco USA Showroom, 1553 NW Ballard Way
Notes: Includes tasting of Counter Culture Coffees
Pacific Barista Series Latte Art Throwdown
10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; winners announced Sunday at noon
Pacific Foods Booth #1542
Notes: Pour with Barista Series Coconut on Friday and with Barista Series Rice on Saturday. Prizes awarded for each product category—1st place: $500; 2nd place: $300; 3rd place: $200
SCA Salt & Straw Ice Cream Floats with Slate Coffee & Smith Tea
11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Slate Coffee Roasters, 602 2nd Ave.
Notes: Affogatos with ‘Under Pressure’ espresso and floats with sparkling tea both paired with Salt & Straw Ice Cream.
Cherry Street Public House, 210 Occidental Ave. S
Notes: Calling all levels of the coffee industry’s online community! We are bringing indie coffee media, bloggers, writers, photographers, podcasters and online coffee culture curators together.
Elevated Coffee Experience—Trichome + Espresso Parts
618 S. Jackson St.
Notes: !!SOLD OUT!! Espresso Parts and Trichome have joined forces again to bring you the must-attend event of the Specialty Coffee Association Expo weekend! Trichome will be serving local Elm Coffee Roasters in a cannabis-infused pourover coffee.
Royal Coffee Happy Hour
Maker Space, 92 Lenora St.
Notes: Sips, bites, and community
Café Imports—Barista Magazine—Roast Magazine Partly Sunny Party
Fremont Foundry Events, 154 N. 35th St.
Notes: Complimentary food & drinks will be provided, as well as live music spinning from RADAMES
SCA Happy Hour
Anchorhead Coffee Shop, 1600 Seventh Ave., Suite 105
Notes: DJ HAVAII, CANCER TO CAPRICORN; music from coffee-growing countries; beer and pizza sponsored by Anchorhead and Synesso; Doubles Ping Pong Tournament**; $10 team buy in, sign-ups at 6:30—**sign-up priority to teams with matching attire
Unofficial Coffee Technicians Party
Visions Espresso, 2737 First Ave. S
Notes: One-year Coffee Technicians Guild membership giveaway. Beer from Georgetown Brewing Company
Garden Party Fire with Lucas Rickerson and Kyle Scott
913 24th Ave. E
Notes: SCA parties galore, your latte art throwdown dreams are somewhere else. The desperation to network has consumed you. Anygay, come set fire to the (industry convention) rain with a good old garden party. There’ll be a fire going and plenty of beer for you … and for that hot barista who gave you a taste of oat milk on the show floor. Too soon? BYO- s’mores supplies
SATURDAY, APRIL 22
Happy Hour with Camber, Barista Magazine, Pacific Foods, and Synesso
Sun Liquor Distillery, 514 E. Pike St.
Notes: Camber Coffee and friends are raffling off amazing prizes to raise funds for Grounds for Health at their Happy Hour for Good at Sun Liquor Distillery. Some of the prizes include an Acaia Lunar scale, Bonavita brewer, and a deluxe travel kit from Espresso Supply. The grand prize: a Baratza Sette grinder. Raffle tickets are $5. Please bring cash! A limited number of raffle tickets will be available for sale at the Barista Magazine booth #420. Tickets will also be available at the party starting at 3 p.m. The drawings will start at 5:30 p.m. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing. Pacific Foods is generously matching all funds raised up to $1,000!
Gianni’s 80th Birthday Party
Caffe Vita Bean Room, 1005 E. Pike
Notes: Open bar and pizza from Via Tribunali, music by Grizzled Mighty and Thunderpussy
Roasters Guild Party
Pyramid Alehouse, 1201 First Ave. S
La Marzocco 90th Anniversary Celebration
KEXP/La Marzocco Cafe, 472 First Ave. N
Notes: A 90s-themed dance party to celebrate La Marzocco’s 90 years. Awards for best 90s outfit. Open bar. Food trucks. Music from DJ Adam 12.
UNIC Espresso Machines All French Wine Reception
Columbia Tower Club, 701 Fifth Ave., 75th Floor
Notes: French wine drinking and food pairing along with Seattle tacos and beers. View the sunset at 8:09 p.m. from the highest point in Seattle
SUNDAY, APRIL 23
The Coffeewoman + Cherry Roast All-Female Latte Art Throwdown Benefiting Planned Parenthood
Cherry Street Public House, 201 Occidental Ave. S
Barista Guild of America Party
Trinity Night Club, 111 Yesler Way