Caffeine Crawl Returns to Sacramento

Rain couldn’t dampen the high spirits and enthusiasm of  attendees to the recent Caffeine Crawl Sacramento

BY SADIE RENEE
SPECIAL TO BARISTA MAGAZINE

Though a  wet  forecast loomed over  the second Sacramento Caffeine Crawl, excited coffee pros and enthusiasts couldn’t have cared less. Sold-out bike routes, led by brave local biker Dean O’Brien, and Crawlers on foot (armed with umbrellas) were ready to roll at 9 a.m. And shops and sponsors were waiting with brews and good vibes, and tour guides handed out swag bags from Wholesome! filled with whole bean samples, Yelp Sacramento goodies, and more.

Caffeine Crawl Returns to Sacramento
Processing comparisons at Chocolate Fish Coffee’s Roastery (photo by Chocolate Fish Coffee)

Andy and Edie of Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters kicked off a bike route with 3 samples: washed, natural, and honey processes from the Costa Rica Cerro San Luis farm, and were joined by Mary Santos, president of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, who brought great perspective to conversation and Crawler questions. Insight Coffee Roasters demonstrated extraction importance with samples of over-extracted, under-extracted, and right-on-target brews of Guatemala San Antonio Chaguite.

Lessons on coffee extraction at Insight Coffee Roasters.
Lessons on coffee extraction at Insight Coffee Roasters.

Kenya drip brew, Colombia kyoto and a sneak peek at the penny floors and spacious feel of Temple Coffee Roasters‘ new K street location kicked off another morning route in style.

Penny floor style and Kenya brews at Temple Coffee's newest cafe.
Penny floor style and Kenya brews at Temple Coffee’s newest cafe.

Coffee variety education, farmer and cafe history, and fantastic house-made chai scones awaited attendees at Old Soul Co.  Later,  we sipped a nitro cold-brew blend and single-origin pourovers served with smiles by young coffee ˜professionals’ at farmer-owned Pachamama Coffee.

Service with a smile at Pachamama Coffee Cooperative.
Service with a smile at Pachamama Coffee Cooperative.

A matcha tea ˜Namaste Latte’ and an iced ˜Nirvana’ (cold brew Kenya with vanilla and cream) were served at Shine Sacramento.  Guatemala Laurel took center stage at the Naked Coffee roastery and downtown lounge, with Nick and Allison serving up different brew methods and facilitating group discussion on brew method preference.

 

Guatemala brews and good convos at the Naked Coffee Roastery.
Guatemala brews and good convos at the Naked Coffee Roastery.

The Mill  kicked things  up a notch with cold-brew reduction affogatos, and The Trade Coffee and Coworking sent us home with whole bean samples and a make-at-home recipe for New Orleans style cold brew. Vaneli’s Handcrafted Coffee welcomed Crawlers at RailBridge Cellars for a unique tasting: single origin Guatemala, Ethiopia, and Brazil coffees preceded samples of the three as a special Caffeine Crawl blend.

Happy mocktail barista champions show of their swag at the Vaneli's afterparty at RailBridge Cellars.
Happy mocktail barista champions show of their swag at the Vaneli’s afterparty at RailBridge Cellars.

Vaneli’s welcomed Crawlers and local baristas back to RailBridge after the Crawl for wine, beer, appetizers, and a Coffee Mocktail Barista Competition during which local barista competitors shook (and stirred) up delicious cold brew concoctions and took home prizes from Baratza, Prana Chai, Espresso Parts, The LAB, and more!

A good motto from The Trade Coffee & Coworking
A good motto from The Trade Coffee & Coworking

Year two of Caffeine Crawl in Sacramento was a drizzly but lively success, and no wonder ”the specialty-coffee culture of Sacramento is among the faster growing and most innovative nationwide.

 

Sadie Bio PicABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brimming with ambition, sarcasm, and caffeinated zeal,  Sadie Renee  is fascinated by all things beverage and the extraordinary humans that make them. A KCMO native loving life in Fort Collins, Colo., she spends most of her time drinking extravagant amounts of coffee and planning the next  Caffeine Crawl  for  The LAB. When she’s not on a plane to a beverage destination, you can find her conducting research at a local brewery or pouring the occasional latte behind the bar at  Everday Joe’s Coffehouse. After she lets her dog take her for a long, vivacious walk around the neighborhood, she likes to soak up some mountain magic and wind down with a good cocktail.  

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