All about Cupping
This Thursday, January 21, from 6-8pm we will be hosting a public cupping. This happens monthly at our downtown location. We realize that a number of you don't know what exactly takes place at a cupping or why it is beneficial to attend. So, in an effort to erase some of this confusion, we asked our coffee guy, Jarboe, to explain.
Cupping coffees with a group of baristas can be intimidating. Most likely, you are wondering what I mean by the term cupping, or you are thinking about how you should act when you attend. I want to explain the steps and the purpose of cupping to show you that there is no reason to be afraid to come to the public cupping on Thursday or any cupping for that matter.
The process of cupping is surprisingly simple. We don’t use any special brew method to prepare the coffee. We just use a small bowl, ground coffee, and hot water. After the coffee brews for four minutes, we give it a stir and let the coffee grounds sink to the bottom, out of the way. Now the coffee is ready for us to taste and slurp. Yes, slurp. Slurping is highly encouraged at a coffee cupping and not because we’re rebelling against politeness and manners. Slurping, or aspiration, helps delicious coffee coat your entire mouth so that you can taste all the nuances of coffee.
Coffee professionals taste coffee in this fashion all over the world. Green buyers, who go to farms to find the best coffees to import, cup coffees to determine specialty grade and assign an appropriate score. Roasters cup all the coffee they roast as a form of quality control. They taste each batch of coffee to make certain they produce a consistent product. Baristas and consumers cup coffees to familiarize themselves with flavors. I like to cup because it’s fun to challenge myself in active tasting and palate development.
If you’re trying to figure out what the barista means when talking about notes of grapefruit or a pleasant chocolate finish, then cupping is your chance. It will help you see how baristas approach tasting coffee and how we are able to pick out different flavor notes. If you want to taste all of our different coffees to pick out your favorite, then cupping will allow you to do just that.
No matter why you want to learn more about cupping and coffees, I know you’ll have a good time with me and our coffees on Thursday night. See you there, ready to slurp!
Go for gold,