From the looks of it, the Arizona Barista Jam being held in Tucson is a great success. I never did a head count, but the parking lot was filled beyond capacity at The Coffee Vein and everyone I spoke to was surprised at the turnout. Where do all of these people hide? Above: Larry Jones (Rocket Coffee), Jason Haeger (from Lubbock, Texas), and Gene A. Lemos (Vaneli’s) talk about proper espresso extraction. The days events for Sunday included a presentation by a coffee grower, a discussion of espresso extraction (the proper way), a latte art demonstration by Reid Hickman, an expert barista from Zoka, and of course the latte art contest itself. Above: Reid Hickman demonstrates latte art. The days events on Sunday wrapped up with an open jam session where anybody could use the espresso machines to practice. That night the folks at Vaneli’s brought in a half dozen home espresso machines for everyone to try. A large group of the local community showed up for the evening events. Above: Reid Hickman’s latte art. I was pleasantly surprised by how many people had flown in to attend or be a sponsor. There were folks from Oregon, Texas, California, and other places. I have a bunch of videos and photos to come this week. It was great to meet so many people. Leave a shout out in the comments to say hello.