Pasadena, 91105 and Beyond tells me coffee is of enough importance to--well, to spur a fervent discussion.
Coffee is also important enough to spawn workshops.
When I picked up the brochure at Jones Roasters I thought this was something new, but Jones has been offering Coffee Workshops since 1994. They offer an Introduction to Coffee, Intro to Cupping (what is cupping?) and even Home Brewing (we're still talking about coffee). The classes are inexpensive and kept to small groups.
The one I'd really like to try is already over for this year: Guatemala 2010. I hope they do a Guatemala 2011.
I'm not particularly emotional about the particulars of coffee. But coffee itself: yeah, I'm fervent.