All is in bloom, spring included. April is here, and with it, the awakening of the years most coveted indoor and outdoor festivals returning cultural events, pop-ups and original programming worthy of streaming. Wake up your alfresco spirits with The Coffeetographer’s calendar of coffee culture for April, that you should bookmark now.
1 | There’s a new coffee subscription in town. Bushwick based Supercrown Coffee Roasters, roasting new coffees from around the world weekly, launches a subscription program based upon its roasting model. Darleen Scherer, roaster, business owner and a ‘Super’ woman in her own right with a history in coffee of fourteen years and counting including the bullet point of first specialty coffee roaster in Brooklyn. Weekly or biweekly, the 250 g /8.8 ox box of coffee [$16] arrives as thoughtfully sourced micro-lots by Scheer in the “episode of an epic coffee adventure.” S on the Chest.
2 | Artisanal roasters Café Demitasse gives Hollywood its first Saturday night cocktail party alfresco on the patio, with coffee, cocktails and coffee cocktails. The until midnight party becomes a destination for a weekend party as April comes into full bloom. Roasted coffee from on premises, specialty cocktails created for Hollywood on-premise Chef Jeff Lustre. You should go, with flowers in your hair, or just in your cocktail. Party on.
2 | Coffee in the Easy. Stumptown Coffee Roasters opens its signature collaboration model with the Ace Hotel in New Orleans in the Warehouse District on Carondelet Street. Maintaining a sense of place and the historical details of the Art Deco building with which this Cold Brew focused bar will play in details like the marble tap handles soured from India to the location specific the “Cold Shot” – cold brewed Hair Bender concentrate infused with nitrogen – to a hot coffee program with on-demand coffee, brewed on a brass Mod Bar. Hot and cold.
6 | The Japanese know tea. Chanoyu, the word for tea ceremony is a ritual as is a coffee ceremony. Origins from the sixteenth century set the stage of the room at the Metroplitan Museum of Art for a special demonstration of mastery within intimate rooms. During the ceremony, objects used differ, making each ceremony unique. Discover the Arts of Japan in the Sackler Wing. 1:30-2:30 p.m. In hot water.
9,10 | The borough of Queens is a King in cultural microcosms. Locals and visitors can expect this seasons Long Island City Flea and Food returns with a market of up to three dozen vendors. There will be handpicked vintage, pickles, guacamole, lemonade and one of this culture’s own Ministry of Kaapi. Yes, Kaapi, aka coffee, South Indian style is coming to the fourth season of LIC! 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Watch the bubbles. [Update: brewing starts May 1st ]
14-17 | Its one of coffee’s biggest few days, The Event by the Specialty Coffee Association. Occurring this year in Atlanta, Georgia featuring Reco: Symposium, the event allows humans of all interest – farmers, producers, growers, exporters, cafe owners, roasters, baristas and more to convene for disseminated industry knowledge and friendly coffee competitions. With more than 400 exhibitors, symposiums more than a dozen coffee competitors, the event is sure to provide a scene to remember. Good Dirty South.
15-17, 22-24 Kicking off spring on the Indio polo gorunds in the Coachella Valley is Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The fest is one sure-way music lovers know that spring is here as well some major stages and tents at the annual, double weekender, With music comes coffee just like in actual coffee shops…Black Coffee, Guns & Roses, LCD Soundsystem, A$AP Rocky, Sia, Flume, 1975, Anderson Paak, and much more. Meet your music match.
20 | One of New York’s premiere film festivals, Tribeca Film Festival, curating stories from around the world returns. Among a myriad of films to explore, one talk on the cultural radar is Francis Ford Coppola with Jay McInerney. As Tribeca describes, Coppola is, “a food and wine aficionado with a lifestyle brand. The Tribeca Talks, Francis Ford Coppola Presents encompasses a series of cafes as well as his winery in Sonoma County. 4 p.m. Coffola
Ongoing | Coffee is something you can count on. On the Netflix original, Flaked, there’s coffee, in the show opener as the protagonist, Will Arnet, shares his confession on how he became sober while audience members hold coffee cups, and eventually speak over coffee – speaking of “good coffee” too. Nicely placed, Stefan, a barista and coffee shop owner in Venice gives specialty coffee a cameo with a full bar set up, pour overs, Chemex off Abbot Kinney – the strip with nearly a dozen specialty coffee shops now. Netflix and Flaked