In lieu of attending the Specialty Coffee Expo, engage with the specialty-coffee community with a message of support and love, and give yourself a chance to win some fun prizes with Barista Magazine’s Specialty-Coffee Shout-Out!
BY KENNETH R. OLSON
We were so looking forward to welcoming the international coffee community to our hometown of Portland, Ore., this weekend, but of course, the world had other plans.
One of the things we cherish most about our time at the Specialty Coffee Expo is meeting old friends and making new ones. Sampling amazing coffees is a treat, for sure, but nothing beats face-to-face interactions with other members of our community.
In addition to all of the people we were excited to see, the opportunity to show off our little city to visitors is always a pleasure. Sure there are so many fantastic coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and breweries here we can’t begin to list them all, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, many of them are closed for now, just like the “Eiffel Tower” of Portland, Powell’s Books.
We also ordered loads of fun gifts ready to give out to new subscribers, friends, and other folks dropping by our booth. And guess what? We still have them. And we also still have a coffee community, even if we can’t all meet in one place right now.
So this is what we’re going to do: This weekend, we invite you to give a shout-out to someone or something that you value and love in the specialty-coffee community. Everyone who submits a shout-out will be entered to win something from the massive pile of prizes we’ve assembled. They include: backpacks by BFresh Gear; Carter Mugs by Fellow; and Barista Magazine hats (including a brand-new design!), Bmag T-shirts, and subscriptions.
To enter, all you need to do is leave a “shout-out” in the comment field below. We will select winners at random starting Monday, April 27, 2020. While you’re here, if you’ve got the means, please consider giving to a virtual tip jar to help out those in our community in need.
As an example, here’s my shout-out: “This is a specialty-coffee shout-out to Bison Coffee in Northeast Portland! Since we’re in lockdown, I don’t get out of my neighborhood anymore, but every day I see Bison Coffee still serving our community. The front door is closed, but they’ve set up a window to offer take-out service. And each day, people—socially distancing of course—drop by for a cup of coffee and slice of normality. Thank you, Bison, for your work and spirit!” – Ken O.