Berkshires Barista Jam!
Barista Jam Schedule
Introduction and Welcome From Dottie’s Coffee Lounge and TampTamp Inc.: 10:30-11:30
(Color) Group A 11:30-12:30 CLASS 1 Top 5 Ways to Become a Better Barista – Right Now! by Benjamin Wilkinson, Blue State Coffee, NE BGA Chapter Rep
12:30-1:30 CLASS 2 The Good, The Bad, and The Really Ugly: Why Espresso Maintenance Will Set You Apart By Michael Dejesus, Espresso Technician from Dallis Coffee
(Color) Group B 11:30-12:30 CLASS 2 The Good, The Bad, and The Really Ugly: Why Espresso Maintenance Will Set You Apart by Michael Dejesus, Espresso Technician from Dallis Coffee
12:30-1:30 CLASS 1 Top 5 Ways to Become a Better Barista – Right Now! by Benjamin Wilkinson, Blue State Coffee, NE BGA Chapter Rep
1:30-2:30 Lunch Break
Group A 2:30-4 Special Event with Chemex Coffee with Liz Grassi, owner of Chemex Coffee Corp.
4-5:30 CLASS 4 Coffee Cupping lead by
Group B 2:30-4 Special Event with Chemex Coffee with Liz Grassi, owner of Chemex Coffee Corp.
4-5:30 CLASS 3 Coffee Cupping lead by Gerra Herrigan
5:30-8 Dinner Break
8pm Milk Steaming & Latte Art Demo – by Anne Nylander, President & head trainer at TampTamp Inc.
8pm – 8:45 p.m. Signups for Throwdown. $5 to enter, winner takes all! Plus trophies and additional prizes.
9pm Latte Art throwdown & party!
Class Descriptions & Instructor Bios
AM CLASSES (11:30am-12:30pm – check your packet for which group you are in to determine your class schedule)
Top 5 Ways to Become a Better Barista – Right Now! by Benjamin Wilkinson, Blue State Coffee, NE BGA Chapter Rep
Ever feel like you’re stranded on a desert island in a world of bad coffee and are thirsty for more information about making it better? Benjamin will go over some easy, cheap, and free ways to stay in the loop and get inspired about coffee all over again. Ben will also briefly discuss his experience competing at the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s North East Regional Barista Competition this year, where he placed 5th place overall.
The Good, The Bad, and The Really Ugly: Why Espresso Maintenance Will Set You Apart By Michael Dejesus, Espresso Technician from Dallis Coffee
Michael Dejesus, or “Mike D the tech guy” from Dallis Coffee will cover the good, the bad, and the ugly side of espresso and coffee equipment maintenance. From his years of experience servicing coffee equipment in all kinds of businesses, Mike will show us exactly why cleanliness and regular maintenance sets specialty cafes apart from the competition.
PM Classes (2:30-4:00 – check your packet for which group you are in to determine your class schedule)
Special Event with Chemex Coffee Chemex President Liz Grassi will share information about Chemex coffee’s origins and history. We are thrilled to have Chemex as a guest due to both its rise in popularity as a brewing method and its proximity to our event: the Chemex headquarters are located in Pittsfield, MA!
Coffee Cupping Learn how the pros evaluate coffee on a daily basis, while experiencing coffee in an entirely new way. We will cover the major terms used to describe coffees in the industry (Aroma, Brightness, Flavor, Body, and Aftertaste) and help you use those terms to discover new things about coffee. Instructor Gerra Herrigan from New Harvest Coffee Roasters will walk you through the process and show you how much you have in common with other cuppers!
8pm Milk Steaming & Latte Art Demo – Anne Nylander of TampTamp Inc. will show you how to improve your latte art’s game at any level – from none at all to ultimate pours. Her experience teaching latte art at SCAA conference and competing in the national Millrock Latte Art Competition has taught her exactly how to pour and how to show you.
9pm Latte Art Throwdown
Anne Nylander, President of TampTamp Inc., will host the main event: a Thursday Night Throwdown. Find out who pours the best latte art in the region. $5 in. 1 Pull. 1 Pour. Winner takes all. Anne will provide a latte art demo before the competition begins so baristas of all levels can participate! The winner of the throwdown wins a custom made Reg Barber tamp in addition to the prize pool.
Welcome to Dottie’s Coffee Lounge! Anne Nylander and Jessica Rufo have come together to establish a fun, informative day of coffee education in Shire City, aka Pittsfield Mass!
The goal of the days’ events is to provide education and inspiration about coffee at little to no cost, as well as invigorate the coffee community that exists throughout the Berkshires. TampTamp has sought to incorporate expert speakers to host our courses for the event, while Dottie’s has reached out to include several local businesses in the event, such as Barrington Coffee Company, High Lawn Dairy, and the Chemex company. We have coffee arriving from companies across the country so you also have a chance to experience some of the best coffees currently available in the U.S – for FREE!
The courses are geared for professionals but the public is welcome to come and learn tricks they can use on their home espresso equipment, or how to make a great cup of drip coffee, or simply how much work truly goes into your morning cup of coffee.
So come in, grab a seat, and try some delicious coffee.
Donations will be welcome to help offset the costs, any additional income will be donated to Coffee Kids. This free event would not have been possible without our generous sponsors.