Sunset Salons: Coffee

  • 06:00 PM

A mid-week dose of inspiration, five vibrant evenings at the crossroads of interesting people and fresh ideas. Join us for animated conversations about matters that shape our lives.

Espresso, affogato, cappuccino, Americano: what makes the perfect cup of joe? Experience a caffeine kick like no other as Cincinnati baristas, purveyors, roasters, and enthusiasts convene to answer all your pressing questions about coffee.

Featured Panelists:

SARAH GARDOCKI is the Roastmaster and Production Manager for Oakley Artisan Roasters, a wholesale coffee company in Oakley. Sarah moved to Cincinnati in 2001 and has worked in coffee here since 2002. Before joining OAR, she worked as a barista, manager, and roaster with Lookout Joe, and as a barista at the Blue Manatee Decafe. She is also a barista and Administrative Manager for Mad Llama Coffee and Bakery in Madisonville, which is co-owned by her husband, Jeff. She has completed the SCAA Roaster Level 1 course, and continues to learn as much about the coffee industry and business ownership as possible. When not slinging coffee in one way or another, Sarah works as a personal trainer and health educator, and spends time with her three children and Norwegian Elkhound Freya.
ROBERT MBABAZI is a professional Coffee Quality Controller, Roaster and Barista Trainer with over 10 years of experience in the field. He has substantial work experience in all aspects of the coffee industry including green coffee bean grading, roasting, cupping, marketing, and barista skills and training. He has also spent several years living in coffee producing countries. Combining a strong analytical perspective within the small business and coffee industries, and significant experience in practical skills, he strives to positively contribute to the development and success of the highest quality coffee components from bean to cup.

DANIEL NOGUERA was born in 1977 of Italian decent mother and Venezuelan father, and grew up in the coffee-rich country of Venezuela. He moved to Cincinnati in 2001 for a textbook-publishing career and left the industry 13 years later, after deciding to search for something more personally fulfilling. In 2013 Noguera founded Urbana Café as a weekend project, combining two unique items: a utility motorcycle and a Naples style espresso machine. By the fall of 2014 Noguera decided to quit his publishing job to solely focus on Urbana Café, which had grown from a weekend project to mobile and coffee roasting business.

Noguera obtained a Bachelor of Sustainable Tourism Administration in 1999 and a Master in Business Administration in 2010. In recent years Noguera has dedicated his training in various areas of the coffee industry, such coffee roasting and coffee brewing. Urbana Café now operates a storefront in Pendleton, two mobile espresso bars, and a small roasting operation in Findlay Market. The company operates under the philosophy of “coffee with a purpose” which translate to an involvement and support of local dog rescue organizations. Daniel lives in Pleasant Ridge with his three dogs, Giacomo, Clover and Diego Alejandro.

LYDIA STEC owns the cafe Lydia’s On Ludlow located at 329 Ludlow Ave in Clifton’s historic Gaslight District. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with Bachelor Degrees in Sociology and in Women’s Studies. She was Uptown Consortium’s 2016 Community Champion Award Recipient and is currently the President of the Clifton Business and Professional Association. Lydia is in the process of opening a second Coffeehouse located in Over-the-Rhine, an urban neighborhood of Downtown Cincinnati.

ROGER ROSE is the General Manager and Executive Chef for BLOC Coffee Company. With over 15 years of experience in the food service industry, he prides himself and his team on their attention to hospitality. He believes strongly in curating an experience for his guests, even if it’s a simple cup of coffee. He loves the opportunities to create lasting relationships and invest in the communities that his shops and restaurants serve. He also enjoys the finer things in life, amazing coffee and espresso, good bourbon and cigars.

ILENE ROSS has lived all over the world educating people on cooking and eating well. As a Cincinnati food writer, chef, and caterer, Ilene is passionate about feeding people beautifully crafted and delicious food, and has been featured on local television sharing this love with others. She handles PR and media management for food and beverage companies, is the editor of the online local food aggregate 513{eats}, the Senior Dining Writer for Cincinnati CityBeat, a regular cooking instructor at Cooks’ Wares, and along with her daughter Cami Fussey co-founded Pour Over Cincy/NKy, the region’s first coffee festival. Ilene lives in North Avondale with her partner Bill Tucker and their Jack Russell Terrier, Teddy.

TONY TAUSCH, Coffee Emporium

Panel facilitated by Ilene Ross, 513 {eats} and CityBeat Senior Dining Writer

6:00 p.m. – Doors open for light supper and mingling over striking art
6:30 p.m. – Featured panel conversation + group activity
8:00 p.m. – Final bites, thoughts, and farewells

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