The first of Slow Food Santa Cruz’s “Summer Slow Down" series of events. A casual get-together of Slow Food members, fair trade foodies, budding baristas, coffee addicts, and anyone interested in learning more about this enticing beverage. Learn about the differences in taste between beans of the coffee growing regions, how small businesses source their beans and what you can do as a consumer to help support sustainable small farms and fair trade in the coffee industry. Attend a complimentary cupping (tasting) of varietals to see how our local roasters craft their custom blends. Learn how to select the best beans for your palette and take home brewing tips from Verve’s award winning baristas—home to two of the top four baristas is the US—to expand your culinary repertoire. Learn how to integrate the Slow Food ethos of “Good. Clean. Fair.” into your daily cup of Joe.