4:00 PM16:00

RAMP UP - Hosted by Rancilio

Join us for our Indianapolis stop on our Ramp Up road tour at Tinker Coffee!

Ramp Up is a barista-focused road tour that seeks to empower baristas by offering free, professional classes and by elevating drink making with a fun, skills-based competition: the Technical Throwdown. It's free to attend and open to everyone!

At 4:00 PM, we will host a tech class called Basic Espresso Tech. This class will focus on what goes on under the hood of an espresso machine and will cover basic maintenance and operation.

At 5:00 PM, we will dig into what is actually happening during extraction with Espresso Theory. We will look at how temperature and flow rate can affect extraction and offer tools to diagnose and address issues.

At 6:00 PM, we will host a coffee centric panel with different professionals from the industry. Hear how to make a sustainable career in specialty coffee.

At 7:00 PM, we will start the Technical Throwdown. 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:

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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 a 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.

  • 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.

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1:00 PM13:00

Studio C Wine & Coffee Experience

Join us at Studio C on June 22nd from 1:00pm-4:00pm for a unique tasting experience.

  • Tinker Coffee will be sharing a unique coffee brewed in several formats.

  • Chef Greg Hardesty will be offering several small tasting dishes to compliment both the wine and coffee.

Don't miss this educational culinary opportunity!

Tickets are available through Eventbrite here:


Studio C Indy

1051 East 54th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46220

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5:00 PM17:00

Porch Party @ Tinker Coffee Co.

As new residents of the Riverside neighborhood, we’re excited to help build a stronger relationship between fellow Riverside businesses and the residents that call this area home. 

In 2014, the Harrison Center began encouraging people to gather on their porches with friends and neighbors to share food and drink and to help cultivate a sense of community in our urban neighborhoods. Since that time, the popularity of "porching" has soared. In 2016, through a partnership with the Indianapolis 500, the Porch Party movement grew to include the entire state of Indiana, and hundreds have joined in the fun.

To help further this goal, we are hosting a Porch Party on May 17th, 2019 from 5:00pm-8:00pm at our roasting facility at 1125 W 16th Street. We’ll have plenty of complimentary food and drink available for everyone, so come hungry :)

All residents and businesses are invited to join us for a relaxing evening filled with food and fun! Looking forward to meeting you there.

Tinker Coffee Co.
1125 W 16th St
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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11:00 AM11:00

INDY CUP 2019 -- May 5th, 2019

Join us on May 5th for the 2019 Indianapolis Cup, benefitting Project Alianza and Big Car!

Indy's favorite coffee festival is back for the 3rd year! This year's Indy Cup will be another awesome and educational coffee experience perfect for everyone from coffee beginner to coffee snob. Not only will you have the chance to cup great coffees and sample from several different roasters, but this year we're adding educational "fireside chats" where you'll learn expert tips on the following subjects:

  • Coffee Sourcing

  • Roasting

  • Home/Manual Brewing

  • Espresso

  • Flavor Balance (signature beverage creation)

  • Cold Brew

Each ticket gets you access to one small-group cupping session and unlimited access to the festival. You'll be able to taste special lots from lots of local roasters and attend as many educational sessions as you like! Space is limited, so don't miss out on your chance to grab a spot at a cupping session.

The Indianapolis Cup benefits Project Alianza, an organization focused on bringing quality education to children living in the coffeelands of Latin America and Big Car, a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization and collective of artists — formed in 2004 — that focuses on creative placemaking and socially engaged art.

Purchase tickets through Eventbrite here: indycup2019.eventbrite.com

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7:00 PM19:00

Saint Aubin Listening Party (new album!)

Come eat food, drink beer, and hear Saint Aubin's upcoming album "Losing Control".

For the past year Saint Aubin has been working on their first full length release, Losing Control, a departure from Saint Aubin’s folky roots that stays true to the vitality & energy that defined their early sound. Since their attention span is about as good as a toddler they decided to forgo the traditional listening party model and give everyone the best of both worlds. Come listen to the album while eating food and drinking beer and coffee. NUVO's very own, Seth Johnson, will host a live interview with Saint Aubin, digging into the themes of their music. If everything goes smooth, Saint Aubin will play a few songs. If everything goes really smooth, Trevor may make you a latte.

Register for your spot here: Saint Aubin Listening Party

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7:00 PM19:00

T R I A N G U L A T I O N -- March 23rd, 2019

51% party + 49% competition = 100% thrill. Our first bangarang at the new roastery! All are welcome to come party for free and there will be 24 slots for the triangulation competition- first come first serve $10 a pop. There will be coffee a plenty, lots of beer, and kombucha thanks to our amazin’ sponsors!


We want to encourage people from all walks of the coffee life to compete as you don’t have to be a coffee expert to taste and smell differences. It’s basically 2 truths and lie. Which one is not like the others? It’ll be a fun way to test your knowledge whether small or lots!


Tasters receive 8 sets of 3 cups, or triangles, where 2 cups are identical and 1 is different. The competitor with the ability to taste, smell, concentrate, and recall those with the most correct answers in the shortest amount of time wins


Interested in competing? Secure your spot here:


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11:00 AM11:00

Cupping Class @ New Building -- December 8th, 2018

**UPDATE** The class has sold out, thanks everyone!

It’s been a minute, but we’re finally ready to host another cupping class at our brand new facility on WEST 16th Street! We’ll be hosting our final cupping class for the year at our new roasting facility and hope you can be there to join us.

Please secure your spot at our registration page. We have a limited number of spaces available and all cupping spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis through the registration page.

Tinker Coffee Co.
1125 W 16th St
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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10:00 AM10:00

Baby Got Brunch 2

Grab your tickets for Indy's Best Brunch Festival!



Open bar including bottomless mimosas, build-your-own bloody mary bar, free-flowing coffee and food samples from our vendors are included in both the GA and the VIP ticket price.

VIP tickets will have access to the event 90 minutes prior to the GA ticket holders.

Food Vendors:

BluebeardEggshell BistroGallery Pastry ShopJack's Donuts of AvonGranite City Food & BreweryKilroy's Downtown IndyPublic Greens: Urban Kitchen with a MissionRookTaxman Brewing CompanyThe Garden Table - Mass AveRooster's KitchenYolk IndianapolisMilktoothWildwood Market


Proceeds of this event benefit The Patachou Foundation

~Take a Bite Out of Childhood Hunger~

Indianapolis, IN – Saturday August 18th 10am-2pm, Pan Am Pavilion, 201 S Capitol Ave

GA $50, VIP $75

VIP- Only 400 tickets available. You will be allowed entry 90 minutes before the general public (10am-11:30am) Open bar included in ticket price and food samples from our vendors.

GA- Open bar and all food is included in ticket price. 11:30am-2pm

DJ Indiana Jones will be playing a mix of 90's hip hop.

Baby Got Brunch is hosted by A.Rose Hospitality, & presented by various merchant associations and organizations. Our mission for this event is two-fold; to promote restaurants with innovative brunch menus, and use proceeds to support The Patachou Foundation and organizations focused on food access, putting wholesome food in the hands of school children in Indianapolis experiencing food insecurity.

The Patachou Foundation believes that no child in our community should go to bed hungry. For more information visit: http://thepatachoufoundation.org."

This 21+ event was Indy's first brunch festival last year and won "2017 Best New Food Festival" by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine!

You'll find Indy’s best restaurants featuring innovative brunch menus. 

This will be a fun and friendly competition where guests can text to vote with live results as the event unfolds.

The open bar included in ticket price will feature a “build-your-own bloody mary bar” sponsored by Goose The Market and 2 mimosa bars. (Participating vendors subject to change)

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10:00 AM10:00


Indianapolis Cup 2018

Major thanks to our Presenting Sponsor: MODBAR


Join us on May 6th for the 2018 Indianapolis Cup, benefitting Project Alianza and Big Car!

Featuring more than 25 coffee companies, bakeries, breweries, and distilleries, this can't-miss event will be a sensory and educational experience unlike any other. Equal parts coffee cupping, coffee festival, and straight-up party, the Indianapolis Cup is a celebration of coffee and the impact this delicious beverage has had on our lives.

This year's event will feature coffee roasters from all over Indiana and the greater Midwest eager to sample new and interesting coffees from around the world. General admission tickets are available to get you in the door, and VIP tickets are also available for those interested in experiencing a private cupping experience with several of the Midwest's best coffee roasters.

There are four cupping experiences available, and space is limited. If you're interested in cupping coffees, please select the time slot that works best for you. Early Bird tickets are now avaialble, but they won't last long :)

If you're a fan of coffee and quality hangs, you won't want to miss this one!

The Indianapolis Cup benefits Project Alianza, an organization focused on bringing quality education to children living in the coffeelands of Latin America and Big Car, a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization and collective of artists — formed in 2004 — that focuses on creative placemaking and socially engaged art.

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3:00 PM15:00

Wine & Coffee Experience @ Open Society Public House

It goes without saying that wine and coffee are two of our favorite things, and we're excited to host an exclusive tasting event at Open Society Public House on Saturday March 3rd, 2018 from 3:00pm-6:00pm.

Your ticket gives you exclusive access to a private tasting event where we'll be sampling the following:

  • Three unique coffees, two of which will only be available at Open Society
  • Three unique wines: red, white, & sparkling, with another rare wine available for sampling
  • Hors d'oeuvre and baked goods courtesy of Open Society Public House
  • Exclusive discounts on both wine & coffee available for purchase

Founders Stephen Hall (Tinker Coffee) and Brian Baker (Open Society) will be hosting the event ready to discuss and answer questions on both the wines and coffees. This delicious and educational experience has limited space available, so be sure to reserve your spot quickly.

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