Events

Thanks for Brewing With Us!

Over the last month, we've enjoyed the ritual of brewing with you at our Home Brewing Methods classes! Jay facilitated our first one at Squirrel Hill, walking through different brewers to coffee aficionados. The very next day, Issac and Steph offered they're expertise...

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Barista 201 Course: Indiana Goes Into the Sophomore Year

For those that may have joined Keely or one of our other staff for the Barista level one class, we have now opened up more learning. Tonight, we'll host 5 participants who got their introductory course work completed. Although our class is full for tonight, feel free...

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New and Grand Openings at The Mexican War Streets!

Most esteemed Commonplacer's, it *is* happening. Thanks for you patience and understanding, as we worked out our schedules to be sure we could enjoy as many of you with as many of us as possible! Without further adieu, it is our great pleasure to host every- and...

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The Armchair Barista: Learn Home Brewing Methods!

You just got a Chemex from mom for the holidays, and you're still trying to figure out if its pronounced with a French [Sh]emex, or a Germanic [K]emex. Or, you've had a v60 pour over for 3 years and want to get a that touch of bitterness out of the finish. Perhaps...

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Postponed: Grand Opening Event at the War Streets.

UPDATE, 10:15 Jan 2nd 2016: So sorry, esteemed Commonplacers! We've had some unexpected changes and mis-communication, dear friends. We'll be hosting our Grand Opening parrrr-tay very soon, but unfortunately not on this Saturday. Some of our MWS staff will be...

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Free Holiday Events: Coffee Tasting and Home Brewing!

Coffee is a comfort food for many of us. Perhaps it was the Folgers that your folks brewed every morning, or the percolator that Gramma put on after Sunday dinner. For me (Brian, at Voluto), its Hazelnut coffee that's my holiday go-to. My brother brews it through a...

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The Commonplace at the Mexican War Streets is OPEN!

WOW. Sometime this spring, we were offered the opportunity to inhabit a space in the Northside of Pittsburgh. Then began a lifetime of months, where contractors tore up and rebuilt; city inspectors scrutinized and subsequently crushed us with news of seemingly...

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Pittsburgh Biking Meets Coffee Brewing.

We've been scheming, y'all. Jamie from our Squirrel Hill location, and Aaron & Katherine from Kindred Cycles in the Strip, want you to come out and play! The Camp-Brew Bike ride celebrates your backcountry brewing kit. Join them on Sunday Dec. 6th, at 11am at our...

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Thanks for a great Coffee Week, Pittsburgh!

Wow, what a great time we had with y'all at #PSCW15 last week! It was an honor and joy to share espresso with you, dialog about coffee sourcing, and caffeinate your liquor. It was likewise awesome to see you in some of the other specialty coffee spaces around...

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#PSCW15 Drink Specials!

This week is like Christmas for us. Down in Pittsburgh, we're celebrating third wave brewing with Pittsburgh Specialty Coffee Week. We get to hang out with a bunch of our friends in specialty coffee, geeking out about roasting, profiles, and new brewing innovations;...

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Espresso: More than an ingredient for lattes.

Espresso is not unique in its robust form and function, but it isn't always appreciated: In the US, it is often seen as the foundation for our cappuccino, paired with milk and steamed to a "foam". Or, it is the vehicle for adding caramel syrup and 24 oz.'s of...

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Squaring Off: Art You Can Drink.

Finding the balance of espresso and steamed milk for a drink takes practice. Lots of practice. As in, baristas keep learning and nuancing their techniques throughout their careers. We want to create the best tasting drink, while pouring an aesthetic that is looks as...

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