Posters for the 2007 Arizona Barista Jam are going up in coffee shops all across Arizona today. It’s the first indication besides rumors that the jam is really going to happen. I’ve got a couple on hand at my office if anybody needs one.

Despite a pronounced lack of information on the event, it appears things are coming together. I understand the organizers are optimistic about attendance and many are already registered.

Rumor also has it that there will be some great prizes and drawings. One being an espresso machine.

Here is an abbreviated schedule of events (times subject to change – but unlikely)

Sunday 1/7

10am — “Making the perfect Mocha”

11am — “From seed to cup” presentation; by Edwin Martinez, Finca Vista Hermosa, Guatemala

12:00 — Lunch Break (free time)

1pm — Pacific Foods “Latte Art Contest”

2:30pm — Latte Art Technique

3:30pm — “Importance of water quality” presentation – David Beeman, Cirqua Water Systems

5pm — Advanced Espresso Extraction

6pm – 9pm — Home Barista Espresso Fest, sponsored by Vaneli’s

Monday 1/8

10am — “Espresso Machine Maintenance” – Bill Brodberg, Espresso Wrench

11am — “Comparative Cupping” – Larry Jones, Rocket Coffee Roasters

12:00 — Lunch Break (free time)

1pm – Artista Signature Drink Competition

2:30pm — Advanced Brewing Methods – Edwin Martinez

3:30pm — “What’s on your drink menu?” Alternative drink options – Red Rock Foods

4:30pm — “Open Jam” time on espresso machines


The Arizona Barista Jam will be open to professional Baristas, coffee professionals and cafe owners only and focused on professional coffee technique and knowledge.

This two day event provides compelling content and exciting learning and networking opportunites for both professional Baristas and food and restaurant professionals.


To provide training, camaraderie and inspiration to Baristas and to raise the quality espresso bar at local cafes. Build a community of committed and passionate Baristas and cafe owners and generate interest and participation in competitions.


The Coffee Vein
1545 N. Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705


January 7th and 8th, 2007
10:00AM to 6:00 PM both days


Any professional practicing Barista, coffee professional or coffee house owner may attend.


$20.00 per person for both days

Registration is at

Arizona Coffee

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