Tucson Coffee Crawl
Tucson Coffee Crawl.
We love coffee. Like, we really love coffee.
And with roaster after roaster continuing to open in Tucson,
we decided to celebrate the world-class coffee scene that lives and thrives in our great city.
Tucson Coffee Crawl is an event that guides the curiously caffeinated through some of Tucson’s best cafes while host
ing demonstrations that educate crawlers about proper coffee roasting and brewing techniques.
I emailed the organizers and understand there are more than 120 people RSVPd at this time.
The event is first-come-first-serve, and even though so many people have responded, they are encouraging
everybody to come out
In celebration of the world-class coffee scene that lives in Tucson, participating coffee shops
will host demonstrations that educate guests about proper coffee roasting and brewing techniques.
Crawlers will get
to experience the culture of craft coffee in Tucson.
The event is free and open to the public. “Cupping” events, however, are $1 per person. In a “cupping,” a small amount of grounds are brewed in the cup with no filter. After brewing, a crust of grounds will form on the top of the cup. In typical “cupping” fashion, guests break the crust, smell the coffee, and take a spoonful of the liquid to taste the coffee. This unique event is a fun new way to experience coffee culture. Guests can attend as much or as little of the crawl as they would like. Guests can choose shops that spark their interest the most. The entire crawl is bike-able and most of it is walk-able. Suggested routes and directions are online. Pastries, sandwiches, and other eats will be available for purchase at many of the cafes.
Tucson’s First Coffee Crawl
Much like a fine wine, coffee is a complex concoction that contains hundreds of flavor profiles that can be detecte d by a refined palate and appreciated in a way that most morning drinkers overlook. The sheer process of roasting the beans that go into your mug is an exact and often strenuous science. that takes many years for a roast master to perfect.
Much like a fine wine, coffee is a complex concoction that contains hundreds of flavor profiles that can be detected by a refined palate and appreciated in a way that most morning drinkers overlook. The sheer process of roasting the beans that go into your mug is an exact and often strenuous science that takes many years for a roast master to perfect.
“This event is really going to revolve around coffee education in a very similar way that wine tastings are conducted,” says Adams. “These tastings can open people up to new blends and flavors that they might not have known they liked. We’re going to have a lot of cuppings, which is the proper way to compare coffees against each other and get a feel for their flavor profiles. We’re going to have demonstrations and workshops on all things coffee. Each shop will have at least three scheduled events for the day.”
With the exception of Cartel Coffee Lab, all of these coffee houses are located within the downtown/university area of Tucson, so attendees are encouraged to ride a bike or park in a central location in order to walk to each venue. A map will be posted on the event’s website to show the best area to arrive to get the most out of the day’s events.
A lot of people still go to Starbucks or chains and might not necessarily know that we have such amazing local coffee. These coffee aficionados at these shops all geek out over coffee and they take great care in how they roast their beans. They even have recommendations on how to brew their coffee at home. Their passion is very contagious.”