CoffeeCon is a festival for coffee enthusiasts. CoffeeCon travels to major coffee cities in the United States. It was created by coffee author and video producer Kevin Sinnott who wrote the book The Art & Craft of Coffee and produced a how to video called Coffee Brewing Secrets.
While working on specialized projects, Sinnott noticed several industry business-to-business coffee events such as the Specialty Coffee Association of America and the National Coffee Association and while some local coffee shops were holding brewing seminars, there were simply no large scale festivals exclusively for coffee consumers. He decided to turn his book and his video into a live event. He created CoffeeCon as a place where coffee enthusiasts could taste samples from regional coffee roasters side-by-side, learn about coffee from national and local coffee experts by attend coffee topic classes on almost every brewing method. He hosts the event and calls it a coffee meet-up.
The first CoffeeCon was on February 25, 2012 started with a grant for the local tourism commission in Warrenville, IL. It attracted over 1,000 consumers. The second event was held May 4, 2013 again in Warrenville, IL  During 2014 Sinnott decided it was time to take the show on the road. His first stop was Chicago on April 12, 2014 at the Zhou B Art Center. He wanted to add art elements to enhance the coffeehouse flavor of the event as well as a Writer's Roundtable Panel to discuss the topic of new media writing. Next stop was San Francisco on July 26, 2014 at Terra Galleries.
CoffeeCon LA was on November 8, 2014 and was held at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake. Mack Sennettwas a silent movie director and produced the KeyStone Cops. Kevin Sinnott stated "It was like a coming home. I believe Mack would be proud that another Sinnott was work at his studio. CoffeeCon cited Mack Sennett Studios historic connection with CoffeeCon's founder.
CoffeeCon NYC was on March 7, 2015.
CoffeeCon Chicago occurred on July 25, 2015.
|"CoffeeCon 2012"||February 25, 2012||Warrenville, Illinois||1,000+|
|"CoffeeCon 2013"||May 4, 2013||Warrenville, Illinois||Approximately 2,000|
|"CoffeeCon 2014 - Chicago"||April 12, 2014||Zhou B Art Center
|"CoffeeCon 2014 - San Francisco"||July 26, 2014||Terra Galleries
San Francisco, California
|"CoffeeCon 2014 - Los Angeles"||November 8, 2014||Mack Sennett Studios
|"CoffeeCon 2015 - New York City"||March 7, 2015||Broad Street Ballroom
New York City, New York
|"CoffeeCon 2015 - Chicago"||July 25, 2015||Morgan Manufacturing
|"CoffeeCon 2016 - Los Angeles"||January 30, 2016||Magic Box LA at The Reef
Los Angeles, California
|"CoffeeCon 2016 - New York City"||June 4, 2016||Industry City
Brooklyn, New York City
|"CoffeeCon 2017 - Seattle"||January 27–28, 2017||Seattle Center Armory
|"CoffeeCon 2017 - Los Angeles"||February 25–26, 2017||Magic Box LA at The Reef
Los Angeles, California
|"CoffeeCon 2017 - Chicago"||October 7–8, 2017||Revel Space
George Howell and Kenneth Davids teach a special Taste Like An Expert seminar that teaches consumers the vocabulary of coffee tasting and trains the palate of the attendees. Coffee growers are invited to teach about coffee sustainability. Popular classes include grinding, water, hand pour methods and Turkish Coffee. Coffeemaker designers such as Alan Adler the inventor of the AeroPress and Joe Behm the inventor of the Brazen coffeemaker conduct classes on how to use their coffeemakers. Home roasting hobbyists are given space to give roasting demos. The Future of Coffee panel was a new first at CoffeeCon 2014 San Francisco and is present at every CoffeeCon.