Ramp Up road tour 2019


Free, professional classes. Community engagement. Barista competition.

Coming to a city near you!


Ramp Up is a Series of events focused on professional development for baristas, with free tech and espresso focus groups, a community spotlight and a skills-based competition.

First prize is a Rancilio Rocky grinder plus a ton of coffee swag!


Live in or around one of these cities? You will be able to click on the city once registration becomes available!


Sold Out | 6/13 Chicago, IL

Sold Out | 6/14 Milwaukee, WI

Sold Out | 6/15 Minneapolis, MN

Sold Out | 6/19 Omaha, NE

Sold Out | 6/21 Kansas City, MO

Sold Out | 6/22 St. Louis, MO

Sold Out | 7/19 Indianapolis, IN

Sold Out | 7/20 Nashville, TN

Sold Out | 7/24 Birmingham, AL

Sold Out | 7/25 Atlanta, GA 

Sold Out | 7/27 Louisville, KY

Sold Out | 8/8 Detroit, MI

Sold Out | 8/10 Pittsburgh, PA

Sold Out | 8/15 New York City, NY

Sold Out | 8/16 Lancaster, PA

Sold Out | 8/18 Cincinnati, OH




4:00 PM - basic espresso tech class

Learn about espresso machine components and how they operate. Great for those interested in branching out into tech or for those simply interested in learning how espresso machines operate. (Scroll below for The Tech Talk Presentation Slide Deck)

5:00 PM - espresso theory class

Learn what coffee experiences in an espresso machine. No matter your skill level, you will definitely learn something! (Scroll below for The Extraction Theory Presentation Slide Deck)

6:00 PM - community panel: careers in specialty coffee

This will be a moderated panel focusing on creating a sustainable career in specialty coffee.

7:00 PM - technical throwdown competition begins

Details and rules below.



This is our take on a Latte Art Throwdown but with more of a focus on elements that are important behind the bar. There will be 4 rounds and it is free to sign up.

If you want to compete in the Technical Throwdown, signups will begin at 6 PM. We will fill a 16-person bracket lottery-style, drawing names at random until the bracket is filled.

Here are the rules for the Technical Throwdown:

  1. Competitors will pull their own shots and maintain their own station.

A technical judge will watch to see if competitors wipe and purge steam wands, empty portafilters, serve their drinks without touching the rim of the cup, have no spills on their cup, and have no spills/messes at their station when they are done.

2. Before each competitor starts, a dice roll will determine the round.

The options include pouring with Oatly, pouring a macchiato, pouring a rosetta, pouring a heart, a free-style round, or an espresso only round. The espresso-only round will be tasted by the judges. You will want to make sure you are dialed in!

3. For each point that a competitor misses according to the tech judge, they will have to choose from a list of handicaps for their next round.

The list of handicaps includes pouring into an 8 oz to-go cup, pouring into a 60 gram espresso yield, pouring with a non-dominant hand, steaming with 30% steam power, or using a spoutless pitcher to steam and pour.

4. All pours must be free pours, using the competition cups (8 oz or 3 oz Created Co) and the competition pitchers (15 oz Slow Pour Supply).

Please note that everyone present at the event, including volunteers, attendees and competitors are subject to our Code of Conduct, available here.


Tech Talk

Presentation Slide Deck

Extraction Theory

Presentation Slide Deck



Zachary Pearson