Feb 12, 2019 - Food and Drink

2nd Annual POUR Coffee Festival offers unlimited coffee tastings — only 800 tickets available

The 2nd annual POUR Coffee Festival, a specialty coffee event with unlimited tastings, will be held on Sunday, March 10 at Lenny Boy Brewing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets cost $12 to $20 depending on when you want to arrive. Tickets give you unlimited tastings, ability to attend lectures and coffee classes — and you’ll get a souvenir tasting mug.

Last year, the event offered 400 tickets and sold out several weeks in advance.

This year, 800 tickets are available and over half have already been sold as of right now.

The event was founded in 2017 by local coffee pros Diana Mnatsakanyan-Sapp and Matt Dudley, with the goal of celebrating specialty coffee culture in the Southeast.

“I want folks to know that this event is for everyone,” Diana told the Agenda. “Whether you’re a total coffee snob or someone who just enjoys a good latte in the morning and wants to learn more about it, there will be something for everyone at POUR.”

“Being a wholesale roaster, we have very limited interaction with the end customer (and vice versa), so my favorite thing last year was for the people (the end customer) to connect directly with our staff and brand,” said Tony Santoro, owner of Enderly Coffee. “This year we’re releasing a new Natural Processed Guatemalan coffee, a true micro lot where only 50 bags were produced this year. It’s a tasty and bright coffee with notes of tangerine, pineapple, and a bright finish.”

Diana Mnatsakanyan-Sapp and Matt Dudley, founders of POUR Coffee Festival. Photo courtesy of Elli McGuire Photography
Along with unlimited tastings, attendees should expect to learn new skills, attend nerdy coffee lectures, sip on premium espresso at a La Marzocco cafe and a pop-up breakfast will be available from Verdant Bread and Fūd on the Mūv.

Exhibitors at 2019 POUR Coffee Festival

The list of exhibitors includes: Counter Culture Coffee (the roaster that Not Just Coffee uses), Black & White Coffee Roasters, Methodical Coffee, Summit Coffee, Pure Intentions Coffee, Nightflyer Roastworks, Enderly Coffee, Hex Coffee, 4th Dimension Coffee Roasters, 1000 Faces Coffee, Slingshot Coffee, Junto Coffee, Cafe Femenino Coffee, Spirit Tea and Haerfest Coffee.

Matt Yarmey, owner of Pure Intentions Coffee, dropping knowledge at POUR. Photo courtesy of Elli McGuire Photography

“The coffee industry, both nationally and internationally, is growing at such a rapid pace,” said Diana. “We wanted to make sure that all of the ground-breaking, interesting and downright delicious stuff happening in our backyards wasn’t getting lost.”


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