Before I headed off to Ethiopia in March, I went to Mill Valley, California, where I often go. That's where the laboratory of Boot Coffee Consulting is. I do lots of work with Boot Coffee. It's a pretty unique operation. Basically, this is super high-end coffee education.
For the last few years I have helped teach the classes in the laboratory there, specifically cupping and roasting courses. I'm now often the lead instructor for the Intro level courses. If you have ever read this blog and thought about taking some coffee courses, you should think about coming to one of our Roast Profiling & Cupping courses. I'm teaching one in May and another in June, but Boot Coffee offers them year round.
Students always remark on what a great class it is. There's a great blend of technical information, theoretical instruction, and hands-on work. I've had people who worked in the industry 10 years come to one of these and leave by remarking how much they learned in just three days. But we also get beginners all the time. After one course they are already way ahead of the game.
We always make great friends, and the setting in Marin County, California, is beautiful and peaceful.
For instance, this picture is from a class I taught this past winter. The middle two gentlemen, Rick and Daniel, were passionate coffee lovers but had not really worked in the industry much. Flash forward a couple of months... I just ran into each of them at the trade show in Los Angeles, where they were cupping fresh crop micro-lots by the dozen; coffees that many professionals never get the chance to experience. These guys are hard core!
So I was down in California doing this stuff before I went to Ethiopia, and I will be back there again soon. In our next installment: off to Africa.