Saturday, I had the privilege of participating in the Caffeine Crawl, Springfield, Missouri . A great event where we got to tour and sample six of Springfield's finer coffee shops, roasters and chocolate makers.
First up, Copper Canyon Coffee Roasters . I had only had their coffee once, prior to the event. They can be found regularly at the Saturday Farmer's Market (where I had a cup a couple of weekends ago), on the corner of Battlefield and Glenstone. Sean, I believe that was the owner's name, gave a great presentation on the science of coffee roasting and the little nuances that make a successful batch of beans.
Second, we headed over to Dancing Mule Coffee Company . Where the owner presented pour-over coffee brewing methods. I believe he showed six different ways to get into pour-over coffee.
Third stop, Hebrews Coffee , where we had another presentation on pour-over coffee and French press methods, brew timing and proper grind technique.
Next up, Askinosie Chocolate! A girl named Mallory talked about the company philosophy of single origin, bean to bar, direct trade chocolate making. They make an incredible product without exploiting their suppliers.
Fifth, The Hub Coffee & Bicycles . Great concept, combining coffee and bikes. The shop is split with coffee on one side and bicycles on the other, but many old models line the ceiling and walls as decor. I'm certain to frequent this place more often, for coffee and the recabling of my 1950's Hercules Churchill Deluxe British 3-speed. I got distracted by the bikes and can't remember much of the presentation. The coffee was good, though!
Me, Evan and Josh at The Hub
And lastly, probably my favorite coffee shop in Springfield, The Coffee Ethic. Tom and Jim, the owners, are good people. They do great coffee and the decor is very cool. I've also had two art shows there. Tom gave a presentation on single origin coffee, complete with photos of his trip to meet a family run grower in El Salvador.
Headed back to the cars, very well caffeinated. What a great way to spend the day!!!