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Coffee Fest Parties This Weekend

Here is your specialty coffee party directory for Coffee Fest weekend (ok, it’s not much of a “directly” as there’s only two public parties going on but, hey, it’s only Coffee Fest, not SCAA):

Coffee Fest Seattle Kick Off Party

Thursday, Oct 28, 6-10pm
Hotel Andra Ballroom
2000 4th Ave

Get your kicks at the uber trendy Hotel Andra with folks from Roast Magazine, Batdorf & Bronson, Espresso Supply, iSi, Monin, Theta Ridge, and Caffe D’Amore.

Victrola’s Brew Ha Ha

Saturday, Oct 30, 7-11pm
Victrola Coffee Roasters
310 E. Pike

Costume party + latte art competition + manual brew competition. Espresso Parts is throwing in the prizes. La Marzocco USA is providing the espresso machine and the new Marco hot water towers. Killer music sets by DJ Shvr (alt ego Kliff at Visions Espresso) and Token Folk (whose Ifthen Loki’s alt ego is Luke at LM USA). Undoubtedly, this is THE party this weekend. More party details here.

Download Token Folk’s album for free here.

[UPDATED] The partimeisters at Sprudge.com has also made their own posting about the parties this weekend. Here are a couple more:

Trabant Presents TRAINWRECK

Friday, Oct 29, 8pm-?
Trabant
602 Second Ave

“Kegs, liquor, a taco bar, some throwdown shenanigans, costume contests, and epic groovy prizes supplied by the Trabant Consortium.” Trabant-inspired 49th Parallel espresso blend, “Tunnel #20″ will also debut.

Sprudge.com Boozapalooza

Saturday, Oct 30, after Victrola’s party
Six Arms
300 E. Pike

Celebrate Sprudge’s one year anniversary with an afterparty down the street from Victrola.

Visions Espresso’s Coffee Enhancement Lounge

Our friends at Visions Espresso introduces their Coffee Enhancement Lounge (nice blurb here from Seattle Times), an extension of their services into training and consulting. Spearheaded by the always cheerful Sarah Dooley, every event should be a blast.

The Coffee Enhancement Lounge, or intentionally abbreviated as CEL so people like me won’t forget, features a La Marzocco Linea Manual Paddle, a standard Linea, and a GS/3. Soon it will also feature a Slayer, so baristas can have a smackdown between a Slayer and a Linea Manual Paddle.

La Marzocco espresso machines at the Coffee Equipment Lounge

When not training, Sarah and her accomplices at Visions enjoy water gun/balloon fights, pranks during coffee cupping, and anything else that doesn’t relate to work.

If you’ll be around Seattle on Saturday, August 29, check out CEL’s all day class/lecture on defect cupping, PID, SO espresso roasting, equipment mods, and more presented by many industry names you may know. The event will migrate over to a BGA sanctioned Barista Jam/Latte Art Smackdown at Victrola, where winning NW baristas will compete with LA baristas during Coffee Fest.

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