The Canadian National Barista Championships takes place the last weekend in May at the Beanstock Coffee Festival and in addition to recognizing the best espresso makers and latte artists in the country, the event offers the chance for professionals and amateurs to brush up on their brewing skills.
From choosing the right coffee bean to the science of roasting, these education sessions are geared towards “progressive, curious, ambitious and resourceful people.”
Education sessions on the bill include:
How to Have a Career in Coffee featuring a panel of coffee professionals including Katia Rodrigues (Boxcar Social) and featuring: Ben Put (Monogram Coffee, Canadian National Barista Champion), Cill Fisher (Floozy Coffee – Australia) and Chris Tellez (Phil & Sebastian, Show & Tell), as they touch on subjects ranging from café ownership and green buying to roasting and consulting.
Stump the Coffee Pros, a Q&A paneled by Josh Hockin (Transcend Coffee), Maria Fiallos (Las Chicas del Café, Adam Pesce (Reunion Island Coffee Roasters) and more.
The Science of Roasting, delving into the findings on research on flavour and roasting for sweetness, led by Lee Knuttila, Director of Coffee at Cut Coffee in Toronto.
Personal Wellness for Coffee Professionals, hosted by Chris Tellez, coffee journeyman and barista and owner for Show & Tell, and wholesale account manager for Phil & Sebastian as he focuses on how coffee professionals can take better care of themselves: mentally, physically and emotionally.
How to Find the Right Bean for You, featuring a panel of experts including Ashley Thomlinson (The Little Black Coffee Cup), Alex Castellani (co-founder of Boxcar Social), Suneal Pabari (co-found of The Roaster’s Pack, and Alex Glass (Eight Ounce Coffee) as they demonstrate how to navigate the seemingly infinite number of coffees to choose from.
Cold Brew, a session led by Mike Roy of Station Cold Brew and Brett Johnston as they discuss the methods and marketing of this deliciously brewed bevy.
Educational sessions taking place throughout the festival grounds and access is included with tickets for the Beanstock Coffee Festival. Attendees will also receive a reusable Beanstock mug, a wooden token to trade for a sample bag of coffee, unlimited coffee sampling, and more!
Beanstock Coffee Festival
When: May 26 and 27, 2018
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 245 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Price: From $25 online.