Pre-Conference Education

Coffee 101: The Elements of Coffee

Monday, 11/6, 8:00am - 12:30pm

Immerse yourself in THE coffee education experience of the year. This fast paced, intense, four-hour session delivers the perfect blend of coffee fundamentals and brewing techniques. Participants explore the diverse characteristics of coffee and engage in a series of tasting exercises to appreciate the full sensory aspects of a great cup of coffee. Topics include coffee farming, production, manufacturing and brewing as well as an overview of different brewing technologies. This is the quintessential program for coffee sales and marketing professionals, as well as those responsible for the development and production of any coffee products or equipment. By attending this session at CTW 2017, you will meet the eligibility requirements to sit forNAMA’s Certified Coffee Specialist examination.

Members:  $395 for the session | $495 for the session & CCS Exam*
Non-Members:  $545

*The CCS Exam must be completed online within 90 days. Sitting for the exam is not part of the Coffee 101 course.


Mike Tompkins

Mike Tompkins
President, Coffee Products Associates

Named NAMA 2002 OCS Allied Member of the year, Mike Tompkins consults with executives and employees of coffee services, bottled and POU water companies, vending services and retail operations in the US and Canada to execute coffee marketing strategies by owning coffee expertise from bean to cup. For over 10 years in his development of the QCCP, Mike has helped focus the attention of coffee service and retail operators on the art and science of brewing coffee. A former teacher, Mike also assists the Specialty Coffee Association of America to develop and conduct courses on coffee brewing and brewing equipment.


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