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CoffeeCon / Chicago 2014

Tickets: $20 for full access to exhibit floor, most classes and speakers. May be small additional fee(s) for materials in some hands-on labs to be paid at the door. Click here for more information.

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The Coffee World’s top Beans share their knowledge and skills


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George Howell - Keynote Speaker

George Howell founded Coffee Connection in Cambridge, MA in 1974. He grew Coffee Connection into 24 company-owned stores throughout New England, and sold his high-quality popular coffee company to Starbucks in 1994. After being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Specialty Coffee Association of America in 1996, he returned to coffee-traveling world-wide, and in 1997 worked on models of economic sustainability for coffee farmers for the United Nations and the International Coffee Organization. This led directly to the co-founding of the 1999 Cup Of Excellence program, designed to help break the commodity/price cycle in the specialty coffee industry. Howell, educated at Yale University, lives in Wayland, MA, and travels extensively to coffee producing farms. In 2004 he created George Howell Coffee, which specializes in single estate coffees and pioneers in raising quality coffee standards to much higher levels. In 2007 Howell was awarded the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe’s highest honor, the Better Coffee World Award. George recently returned to his cafe roots opening his first cafe, George Howell Coffee, in Newtwonville, MA.

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Jim Schulman

Jim Schulman is a scholar and Sherlock Holmes-level amateur espresso and water expert, based online at Jim will be demonstrating his home espresso techniques at CoffeeCON 2013’s Home Espresso presentation.

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Marysabel Caballero

Marysabel Caballero is a coffee grower who grows some of the world's finest coffee and she brings her firsthand knowledge of sustainability, how the best coffees can continue to enrich us all, consumers, farmers and the coffee industry. She and her husband Moises Herrera work their farm Los Cipreses and are equally famous commitment to developing coffee quality in Honduras.

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Oren Bloostein

Oren Bloostein is the owner, CEO, and roastmaster of Oren's Daily Roast which is NYC's premier coffee roaster since 1986. Oren helped lay the foundation for what many in the specialty coffee industry do today. Oren continues to uphold the same strict standards, but with the benefit of over two decades of learning and experience. Oren presents CoffeeCon’s Creating a Home Brewing Experience presentation, teamed with Kevin Sinnott.

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Kevin Sinnott

Kevin Sinnott is best-selling coffee author and blogger at He became known after publishing objective coffee brewer reviews, realizing brewers are the hardware to coffee beans’ software. He is CoffeeCon’s creator and host and co-presenter of Creating a Home Brewing Coffee Experience workshop with long-time friend Oren Bloostein.