My good friend and coffee colleague, Willem Boot, is in New York this week and we're throwing a little coffee event together. Join Willem and me, and the rest of your co-Coffee Societals, this Thursday, July 2nd, at 7 pm at Ost Café in the East Village. We'll be tasting some fresh-crop Central American coffees and discussing the quality coffee movement in general.
For those of you who don't know him, Willem Boot is one of the world's leading specialty coffee experts. He grew up helping his father run a coffee roasting company in his home country of Holland, and has since worked in just about every capacity in the coffee industry, from roasting to cupping to quality-development at origin. Willem is a regular judge at international coffee competitions; he has led projects in Africa, Latin America, and Asia to help farmers improve their coffee and find markets for their product; his intensive roasting and cupping seminars at his laboratory in the Bay Area, where he lives, have helped countless specialty roasters (some quite famous) get their start; he is one of the founders of the Common River project helping Ethiopian coffee farmers and orphans in Aleta Wondo, Ethiopia; and he even is a coffee farmer himself, with two small farm in the Boquete region of Panama! I can tell you from personal experience that Willem is a goldmine of knowledge about coffee, a great speaker, and a fun guy, too!
And if you haven't been to Ost yet, you are really missing out. They've been serving some of the best, most lovingly-prepared coffee in all of New York City since the start of 2009, in a beautiful, elegant environment. I like Ost so much that I sling shifts there many Sundays just to soak up the atmosphere and the coffee love. The Ostians, Alex, Aaron, and Kat, are being kind enough to close business early for us and our dorky ways, so let's show them a great Coffee Society turnout and really pack the place!
JULY 2nd, 7 pm Ost Café Corner of 12th and Avenue A, in the East Village
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on coming, and as always, feel free to bring a friend.