Steve Leighton’s second presentation from the 2012 Prairie Coffee Show industry forum where he shares some of the small changes he’s made over the years to improve his coffee roasting business as well as at 3FE, the cafe he co-owns with Colin Harmon in Dublin.

We were delighted to host Steve Leighton from Has Bean Coffee at the 2012 Prairie Coffee Show industry forum and share his experiences and perspectives on customer service and what we in the specialty coffee industry can be doing better.

We were very fortunate and pleased to have Garry Lyons of Coffeeholic.link share with those who attended the industry forum about Coffee Common, the consumer education project that was launched at the 2011 TED conference.

The Results are IN

The 2012 PRBC is now behind us and, once again, the competition was fierce and inspiring.  Here are the results:

1. Ben Put, Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

2. Jeremy Ho, Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

3. Garry Lyons Coffeeholic

4. Shane Houser, Transcend Coffee

5. Daniel Lodewyk, Transcend Coffee.

Thank you to all of the judges and our wonderful head judge, Mike Strumpf.  Also, thank you yo Fratello for hosting.

2012 Prairie Coffee Show

We are very proud to announce the 2012 Prairie Coffee Show - July 13th to 16th.  This year, we are taking the event to the next level.  We listened to the feedback from last year and will be expanding on the very popular customer workshops.  We also took a big step and will be taking the opportunity to bring industry folks from across the prairies and creating a forum for sharing of ideas and collaboration.  

We are proud to announce that Steve Leighton of Hasbean Coffee (all the way from Stafford, UK) will be leading our industry forum.  Steve is one of the most respected coffee guys, and besides running a successful coffee roasting business, he also has a great blog (www.hasblog.co.uk), a fun and informative video coffee tasting blog called “In my mug” (inmymug.com) and is one of the co-creators of Tamper Tantrum - a series of on-going talks by various industry members - recorded and made public for everyone’s benefit, see more at www.tampertantrum.com.  We are extremely grateful that Steve made time out of his busy schedule to come and lead our industry forum.

Thanks to Garry for his presentation. His Fantastic Semi-Automatic Espresso round-up is recorded here

Finally, in an effort to build and strengthen the prairie region barista community, we will be hosting barista workshops led our past two Canadian Barista Champions: Rob Kettner 2010 and Josh Hockin 2011.

We are also honored to be welcoming back Brent Fortune of Coffee Common for the very popular coffee workshops, except they will not be workshops.  Instead of class-style demonstrations, we are going to have hands-on brewing and tasting stations, allowing you to brew your coffee alongside an experienced barista.  This interactive hands-on style worked very well in the Coffee Common NYC Pop-up this past January.
Below is a schedule of events. Please stay tuned for announcements with details of the Coffee Common Experience, industry forum, barista workshops and the 2012 Prairie Regional Barista Competition.

Friday, July 13th
7:00 PM - Barista jam @ Phil & Sebastian Marda Loop (2043 33rd Avenue SW)

Saturday July 14th
8:30 AM - 2012 Regional Barista Championship @ Fratello Roasterie (4021 9th Street SE)
10:00 AM - Coffee Common Experience @ Fratello Roasterie (4021 9th Street SE)
12:00 PM - Food truck round-up lunch
5:00 PM - Competition Awards Presentation

Sunday July 15th
Industry Forum (Industry only)

Monday, July 16th
Barista Workshops (Industry only)


For those who will be traveling from out of town to attend and/or participate in The 2012 Prairie Coffee Show, there are 16 rooms available at the Travelodge on Macleod Trail. The rooms will be held until June 20, and reservations can be made with Juanita (who is in the office from Monday to Friday, 9-5pm). Book under Fratello Coffee Corp. or Prairie Coffee Show.

Dates: July 12, 13, 14, 15

Price: $179.95 plus taxes. Cancellation policy is 72 hours prior to reservation. 

*Pet friendly hotel

Hotel Information

9026 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB  T2J 0P5

403-253-7070   or  1-800-992-2694

*Juanita - ext 167



6th - 523 points- Alix - Café Haven

5th - 562 points- Joel May - Fratello Coffee Roasters

4th - 585 points- Jeremy Ho - Phil & Sebastian

3rd - 595 points- Josh Hockin - Transcend Coffee

2nd - 609 points - Chris Tellez - Phil & Sebastian

1st - 657.5 points - Ben Put - Transcend Coffee

Photos and more coming soon.