Not Just for the Barista: A Con of Every Coffee Lover’s Dream

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CoffeeCon’s 4th Southern California event will be at The Reef on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 3-4, 2018 in downtown Los Angeles. The event, designed for the specialty coffee enthusiast, is open to the consumer public with 40 plus exhibitors and dozens of classes and panels eager to talk on all-things-coffee.

Roasters and equipment manufacturers will serve their very best coffee for the ultimate sampling experience and five breakout spaces will run hourly classes on every aspect of coffee brewing and the coffee experience.

Heather Perry of Klatch Coffee will teach Latte Art in the Espresso Classroom, as well as other individual sessions on at home coffee roasting, making Turkish coffee and a discussion on that other tropical brown cultured and imported bean, which happens to go very well with coffee, Chocolate.

This year’s event will also introduce coffee cocktails — specifically a Vive L’Espresso Martini — with Grey Goose Vodka in the Grey Goose Vodka Classroom.

Photo by Monique A. LeBleu

Coffee innovator and historian Mokhtar Alkhanshali, CEO of Port of Mokha, will be returning for this year’s event as a speaker on Discovering Yemen, and a Coffee Processing class will be taught by Mike Perry of Klatch Coffee to taste and learn about the differences between natural process, washed process and honey process — both of which are scheduled in the Cloudroom.

In an extra ticketed class limited to 100 attendees, professional tasting experts Peter Giuliano of the Specialty Coffee Association of America and Martin Diedrich of Kéan Coffee will lead different sessions in their “Taste Like an Expert” series on how to expand your mind and tastebuds, and will teach “palate development” in the Cloudroom.

All other classes are included, including sessions on making your own Chemex, Cold brew, or Turkish “ibrikmethod coffee. Classes like How to Host a Cupping Party and expert panels discussing The Future of Coffee and Sustainability will be in the Lecture Classroom.

There will also be a Four-Way Flight where a single coffee variety is brewed and sampled four different ways, Siphon brewing, and Coffee Grinding Differences in the Technical Classroom and an end-of-day prize giveaway, which includes coffee brewers up to $500 in value, will be on each day of the event.

Tickets $20 Saturday or Sunday, $25 for a two-day ticket, and $45 for a one day ticket plus the Taste Like an Expertlimited seating presentation. All ticket prices are online and prices will be $5 higher at the door.

CoffeeCon is at The Reef at 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 34, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check the website for class and speaker updates, and more by going to or call 312-342-4071.

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About Monique A. LeBleu

Monique A. LeBleu is a writer, photographer, videographer, foodie and unabashed book reader. A love of film history and a background in film production, post-production, and film theory provide unique insights into her movie reviews. A background in theater fuels her passion for drama behind the fourth wall.
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