Hold the date — September 3, 2011 will be a fun day to head up to the Phoenix Cooks event in Phoenix and join the 2nd Annual Southwest Latte Art Competition.
Event hosts Brian Clemens and Steve Kraus are hosting this event along with a number of local and regional sponsors.
There will be two major elements to the show:
- A brew bar — featuring a volunteer crew from local coffee professionals, showcasing techniques and equipment for brewing coffee (highlighting V60, Siphon, Chemex, & Clever)
- A latte art competition — 32 competitors competing for a grand prize of $500.
The show will be held from 9am to 3 pm at the JW Marriot at Desert Ridge, at 5350 E. Marriot Dr., Phoenix, Arizona 85054.
Check out www.swlac.com for all of the details, and to register. They’ve also set up a Twitter profile. See you there!
So I drove by Mulch Coffee recently, even though it isn’t open quite yet. It’s at 3811 N. Brown Ave in Scottsdale, literally across the street from where the farmers market meets.
The shop is expected to open later this fall, and is being opened by Brian Clemens and Jason Calhoun, who I’ve written about before.
I just love this vintage door – and grabbed this photo. The door was locked, and nobody was there. Brian and Jason have shared brief snipets about what they’re planning to do with the shop. A few things we know: It will most likely serve coffee from a number of coffee roasters (rather than just a single roaster, like most shops), and they are not planning to roast coffee.
3811 N. Brown Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
There is a relatively new coffee shop in Mesa called Lo-Fi Coffee I just learned about (grand opening was July 1st).
For years now, Mesa has been a veritable desert of coffee. If you were to look at a map of coffee shops, for some reason Mesa was empty. Not now.
Photo: From Lo-Fi Coffee’s Facebook.
Someone asked me today where they can buy organic coffee. A lot of coffee bean farmers don’t have the funds to get organic-certified… so, sometimes supporting the organic farms means you’re not supporting the small independent-farmers but rather the larger organizations who can pay for that.
Organic coffee is grown without pesticides or other chemicals. Correct me if I am wrong, but is that the only difference?
For some thoughts on the matter, I refer you to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey:
As a consumer, you might choose against purchasing a non-organic origin produced by such farmer because it is not organically grown, and in doing so you are preventing that farmer from attaining a demand that can translate into a profit which he/she can use to convert to organic production.
If you’re a local coffee roaster that sells organic coffee, I encourage you to leave a comment so people who want organic, can find it.
I would love to get some coffee cups like this!