Rise and shine, you caffeine fiends! The Grind City Coffee Expo is back for round two, and they’ve added a latte new additions to the line-up of happenings.
Grind City Coffee Expo launched in 2019 to celebrate the Bluff City’s burgeoning coffee scene, offering a chance for local roasters and shops to come together with the community in the spirit beans and brews. Organizers Daniel Lynn and Rachel Williams may not be in the coffee business, but their appreciation for a quality cup o’ joe is shared amongst many Memphians—specifically 500+ guests who left the event more knowledgeable and even more caffeinated.
“Over the past 2 to 3 years, the coffee culture in this city has grown exponentially with the addition of amazing roasters & shops,” said Daniel. “The people behind these great additions are amazing and so passionate about what they do, that I want to make sure they have their spotlight in the city.”
- 20+ regional coffee-centric vendors on site
- Coffee+Cocktails demonstrations from 4 pairs of baristas and bartenders
- GCX discussion series with three panels led by industry pros discussing:
- Sustainability in Coffee
- Farm to Table: The Journey of a Coffee Bean
- Ask a Barista
- Live music from local musicians
- GCX sample mugs from Belltower Coffee
The full roundup of vendors includes Athens Coffee Exchange, Avenue Coffee, Bean Fruit Coffee, Belltower Coffeehouse, City & State, Comeback Coffee, Dipsticle, Dr. Bean’s Coffee & Tea Emporium, French Truck Coffee, Frothy Monkey, Honest Coffee, J. Brooks Coffee Roasters, Muddy’s Bake Shop, Rishi Tea & Botanicals, Society Skate Park & Coffee, Sustain Coffee Company, The Hub, Ugly Mug Coffee, & Vice & Virtue.
Not to mention they’re hosting a pre-party of sorts to get everybody hyped for the big shebang. On March 12th, their first ever Thursday Night Throwdown will bring 32 amazing latte artists to Dr. Bean’s Coffee & Tea Emporium for a little creative, coffee competition. It’s free to the public, only $7 to compete, and all proceeds benefit Liquid Legacy.
“The goal is to provide the guest with the opportunity to discover which method they like the best and then learn how to brew it themselves at home,” said Lynn. “Folks will be able to “nerd out” with the extremely knowledgeable, badass coffee professionals while enjoying the very best Memphis has to offer. It’s a coffee enthusiast’s dream.”
- When: Saturday, March 14 (10AM-3PM)
- Where: Pipkin Building (940 Early Maxwell Blvd)
- Tickets: $20-$35
- All proceeds go benefit Protect Our Aquifer, because “you can’t have great coffee without great water.”