The Great Plains Barista Jam is 2 days away!

It begins this Friday! Lincoln will be invaded by coffee professionals from all over the United States. They are coming from New York, Washington D.C., Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas and more! I, for one, cannot wait to see the cloud of coffee knowledge that will be surrounding us all weekend.

We will start at Cultiva Coffee (located at 11th and G St.) on Friday night at 5pm for a meet and greet with the instructors. It will be a very informal meeting and you do not need to register for this. The instructors will give a short introduction about themselves and what they will be teaching over the weekend. Everyone is welcome to attend this event even if you can’t make it to a class over the weekend. After the meet and greet, please join us for dinner and drinks at Misty’s Steakhouse -200 N 11th St (dinner and drinks on your own $).

Classes start Saturday! Each 3-hour class is $30. Choose between a Roasting, Cupping or Barista Workshop*. The first session is from 9 am – 12 pm on Saturday. The second session starts at 1 pm and ends at 4 pm. All 3 classes will be held during each session so you can choose which you would like to attend. There are also 3 mini-sessions for $15 each. The mini-sessions include a Tea Class, an Espresso Machine Maintenance Class and a Panel Discussion on Aromatics in Coffee with Dr. Jacek Koziel. These mini sessions are all taking place from 4-5pm on Saturday. Sunday is the final session from 10 am – 1 pm. Again all 3 classes will be held at this time so you can choose which one to take.

Practice what you’ve learned! Saturday night we will have a Latte Art Throwdown at Cultiva from 5-7. Followed by dinner and drinks at Yia Yia’s- 1423 O St.

We will have a follow-up discussion on Sunday. This final discussion will include a Q & A session with our instructors in case you have any further questions not covered in the class.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can attend the Barista Jam?

Everyone! You do not have to be a barista to attend. These classes are designed for all levels of coffee experience. Anyone who has an interest in learning more about coffee can enjoy these classes.

When should I arrive?

-If you are pre-registered simply arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the start of your class and check in with a volunteer. If you need to register the day of please arrive at least 15 minutes early (cash in hand) so we can process your registration. If you need to pay with credit or debit card you will need to go to the Cultiva Cafe on 11th and G St. to register. Please be advised that Cultiva is a working cafe and you may have to wait in line to register with a credit/debit card.

Where are the classes being held?

-The Roasting class will be at Cultiva – 727 South 11th St.. All other classes will be at the Cornhusker Marriott – 333 South 13th St.

Where should I park?

-Both locations have on-street parking.

How do I register?

-Download and print this form. You can still mail it in or you can bring it with your payment to the class.

-You will be able to register the day of the Jam. However, we will take cash or credit only. NO CHECKS. And if you are paying with credit or debit card you will need to go to Cultiva on 11th and G in order to process your payment. Please be advised Cultiva is a working cafe´ and you may have to wait in line to register. Please plan accordingly.

*Which topics will be covered in the classes?

The following sessions are hands-on and will last 3 hours.

Roasting Principles, Lead Instructor – Christopher Schooley
Basic Principles of Roasting, Production Roasting, and Sample Roasting

Cupping Workshop, Lead Instructors- Trish Rothgeb and Colleen Anunu
Single origins, degrees of roast, triangulations, defects, organic acids, olfactory

Basic Barista Skills, Lead Instructor- Colin Whitcomb
• Defining Espresso
• Single Origin and Blending for Espresso
• Milk Steaming Techniques and Latte Art
• Signature Drink Development

The following mini-sessions will last 1 hour and are lecture/discussion style classes.

Tea Experience, Host by Ian McCarthy

Espresso Machine Maintanence and Repair, Hosted by Jeremy Cisco

Panel Discussion on Q Grading, Aromatics, and the GCQRI, Hosted by T. Rothgeb, C. Anunu, J. Ferguson, & Dr. Jacek Koziel

If you have any other questions or need to get in touch with me for any reason email me: or call (402) 470-7045.


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