BIG Announcement today in the forums that I wanted to point you to.

The first ever Southwest Regional Barista Jam, sanctioned by the Barista Guild of America. Co-located with the Southwest Barista Jam will be an SCAA Skill Building Workshop. Separate registrations are required for each event.

Mesa, Arizona will be the place to be October 26th, 27th and 28th, 2007 for coffee professionals in the Southwest. The first ever Southwest Regional Barista Jam will take place along with a Skill Building Workshop from the Specialty Coffee Association of America. The Barista Jam will be on Saturday, October 27th and 28th. The Skill Building Workshop will take place on October 26th, 27th and 28th.

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  1. Chris, the organizations that you have listed as “sponsors” are really the “hosts”. So far, the only real sponsor is Espresso Specialists. We’ll end up with between 20 and 30 actual sponsors before we are done.

  2. Thnks for posting Chris. More information, including the official ‘Jam website will become available very soon. Also, the link for Southwest Specialty Coffee Institute is

  3. Thanks guys, I have updated the post to reflect the changes you mentioned. Great job guys.

  4. Yeah!! I am so excited for this event. Thanks to Lost Dutchman, Red Rock, and everyone else involved for getting the ball rolling with this. Please let me know if I can help out in any way!

  5. Speaking for Victor and I, we are very excited too. We’ve been working on this for ages. We are very happy to be giving something back to the coffee business.

  6. Jason Silberschlag

    hey bill, do you know if there will be a barista competiton? and if so, will it be sanctioned by the scaa? either way, let me know how i can help…
    jason silberschlag

  7. WoW! I can’t wait, please let me know if you need volunteers to help with the event.

  8. Jason–Thanks for getting in touch. You’re on my list of people to call. I was looking for your business card this week. A barista competition is in the developmental stage for the Southwest. Will definitely contact you.

  9. Thanks for offers to volunteer. The official Southwest Barista Jam web site is coming alive very quickly (and looks great too!). Hopefully it’ll be up within a day or two.

  10. We are interested in being involved. Keep us posted. Sound great!

  11. Keith Fitzgerald

    Hmm..might have to make a trip back to my hometown for a visit. Hello from Ritual out in SF. See you guys soon.