Have you ever wondered where your coffee comes from? In Coffee Origins, we'll take you through a presentation that highlights the history of coffee, what a coffee shrub is, where it grows and how it is harvested and processed. You'll learn what to expect from a coffee based on where it's grown and how it's processed, and get to taste some coffees for the full experience. Expect to leave with a deeper understanding of what makes your cup of coffee great.
Coffee cupping is the official, industry standard process for tasting coffees. Cupping is used to assess tastes and aromas of coffees during sourcing and roasting. We'll start the class by fine tuning our sensory organs - smelling common items to prepare for the finesse of coffee tasting. We will then take you step by step through the cupping process - smelling, breaking the crust and slurping some of our current coffee offerings. We'll show you how we use a tasters flavor wheel to assist us in picking out notes every time we welcome a new coffee to our shop. You'll leave this class better prepared to pick out all the delicious notes that can be found in a single, flavor-complex cup of coffee.
Brewing a good cup of coffee shouldn't be difficult. A focus on four main variables will generally ensure a positive result (coffee, water, ratio, time). We will discuss each of the variables and demonstrate brewing techniques for pour-over, French press, drip and Aeropress. We will sample properly brewed coffee, and we'll get a little taste of some not-so-properly brewed coffee (for perspective). Participants will leave the class with a better understanding of how to brew a great cup of coffee at home.