|Friday||10:30am — 12:00pm||Grand Ballroom North, Royal Sonesta|
When was the last time you had a great coffee-centric cocktail? Mixologists have been at once modern-day pioneers, epicureans, and historians – seeking out and reviving forgotten, nearly extinct ingredients and recipes, and finding new, phenomenal ways to bring them back into the bars of today. And yet, the ingredient of coffee remains elusive. Beyond the stale, old eye-rollers of Irish Coffee or Spanish Coffee, innovation behind the bar has all but skipped coffee – and yet, it is one of the most fascinating, complex, malleable additions to the shaker. Problem is, most bartenders don’t know how to use it. In Coffee: The Missing Ingredient, our panel of experts will teach you about different flavor profiles in bean varietals, how they can complement particular spirits, why getting to know a little bit about roasting levels can help you fine-tune your recipes, and how mastering different brew methods (espresso, pour over, and cold brew iced coffee) are great for enhancing coffee-centric cocktails. After all, isn’t it about time coffee amounted to more than a hill of beans in your bar?