In the holiday comedy Elf, Will Farrell brings his girlfriend into a dive of a New York Diner, blind folds her, has her taste a cup of coffee, and then asks her what she thinks.
In the holiday comedy Elf, Will Farrell brings his girlfriend into a dive of a New York Diner, blind folds her, has her taste a cup of coffee, and then asks her what she thinks. "Just another cup of crappy New York coffee," she responds. "No," says Farrell, "The sign says it's the world's best coffee!" John Harvey and friends, Dave Gorman and Bill Templeton, aren't saying they make the world's best cup of coffee, but if you are a coffee connoisseur, a casual consumer who enjoys a good cup a' joe, or you just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the hectic holiday hassles, then join John and friends for the Bethany Coffee Seminar on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Bethany Library. "We'll have a selection of a variety of beans, from Guatemala, Mexico, Kenya, and Ethiopia," said Harvey. "We want to make this a hands-on, experiential, fun learning experience. We will start out by explaining how easy it is to roast green coffee beans at home and follow up with a demonstration." Harvey went on to say that, "Guests will learn about the different roasts. From a light city roast to a dark French roast and learn about the flavor profile associated with each roast," he said. "We'll talk about the world of coffee and the best beans from Colombia, Kenya, Sumatra and many other regions." Another topic on the agenda is the type of grinders to use. "We'll discuss the different types of grinders and different grinds, what the texture should be when you grind them, what flavors each grind will create, what a 'bloom' is and why it matters." The presentation will also cover the basics of brewing your freshly roasted and ground coffee. "Participants will learn how to brew a great cup of coffee using methods such as drip brewing, French press, and expresso. Finally, visitors will then get to taste the coffee." Attendees will also receive a free sample of freshly roasted beans, courtesy of Harvey and Burman Coffee Traders of Madison, Wisconsin. Burman Coffee Traders has also provided Master Roaster t-shirts as door prizes. Other door prizes will be available for guests as well. Samples of roasted coffee beans are limited and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. The seminar is the first in a series of year-long programs being held to help raise money for the Bethany Public Library. There will be several books about coffee and coffee making on display at the library in the weeks before and after the seminar. Guests can enjoy a variety of home baked pastries provided by council member Gwen Borden, library board member, Kathy Schloesser of the E. Kellogg Bed and Breakfast, and Janet Heinly of the James Manning Bed and Breakfast. The seminar is free, but donations to the library fund are greatly appreciated. For more information, or to sign up, call 570-253-4349.