Photo by Kevin Fiscus

Whether it’s cold brewed, nitrogen-infused or Kyoto slow-dripped (whatever that is), Sacramentans take coffee as seriously as anyone these days. Just walk into almost any local shop and you’re bound to find a knowledgeable third-wave barista armed with a shiny espresso machine and a dizzying array of top-shelf beans from around the world. To celebrate this flourishing local coffee scene, Sacramento Coffee Week will return for its sixth year for a week of events centered on third-wave java. Meanwhile, participating local roasters will also serve special drinks throughout the week. The caffeinated events will start with a live panel discussion at the Guild Theater (2828 35th St., Sacramento) on Nov. 6, gathering experts on coffee and agriculture. And for those of us who are always hankering for a free cup of Joe, Sacramento Coffee Week is also hosting a tasting at the Bank Building (629 J St., Sacramento), including coffee from local giants like Chocolate Fish, Old Soul and Temple Coffee. And if you don’t see your favorite coffee shop listed, don’t worry; Sacramento Coffee Week will continue to announce additional events and participants throughout October. For more information and to reserve free tickets, which are required, visit or the Specialty Coffee Week Facebook page.