Every single party, gathering, discussion, and throwdown (that we know of) happening during this week’s Specialty Coffee Expo in Portland, Ore.
COMPILED BY SARAH ALLEN BARISTA MAGAZINE
We all know that only part of the annual Specialty Coffee Expo happens on the trade show floor and in convention center breakout rooms—evenings are jam-packed with a bevy of parties for attendees and exhibitors alike to mingle, get their dance on, socialize, and enjoy seeing old friends. [Editor’s note: Parties are traditionally pretty booze-fueled, but there are options for sober folks looking for support: check out this article for tips from a longtime sober specialty-coffee veteran.]
Months ago, I reached out to the Portland, Ore., coffee community to compile a list of all the parties, discussions, competitions, and other satellite events happening in conjunction with the Specialty Coffee Expo. And friends, there are a lot. Remember to hydrate. All events are free and open to all unless noted.
Note: This list only includes events happening off-site of the Oregon Convention Center
Fellowship for Sober + Sober Curious Coffee Folks Come for the run, or just the coffee—or both! • Casual run/jog: Meet-up @ Macleay Park, 2690 NW Upshur St.: 7 a.m. • Post-run coffee meet-up @ Prince Coffee (Northwest location), 915 NW 19th Ave.: 8:30 a.m. Eventbrite link
Sarah Allen (she/her) is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.
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