First there was Folgers, then there was Peet’s, and now there are artisanal roasters offering “third wave coffee.” Calistoga’s Yo El Rey Roasting is part of this American phenomenon, and proprietor J Kirk Feiereisen discusses coffee like Napa Valley folks talk about wine. He mentions the nuances of bean varietal and growing region, techniques of flavors extraction, and strategies in food pairing. The beans he buys are organic and predominantly fair-trade — characteristics also promoted by Slow Food International.
Please join Slow Food Napa Valley on Thursday, March 21st at 7pm for a talk on organic free-trade coffee, a demonstration roasting, and cupping by Feiereisen. Tickets for this limited event are available for $20 at Brown Paper Tickets and include the demonstration, coffee tasting, a bag of coffee to take home, as well as chocolate by TCHO and snacks courtesy of Rip van Wafels.