Most people take coffee for granted. It is the brew that we saw mom and dad drink before they rushed off to work. It is the brew we swallow to keep our lids from drooping as we go about our day. It is the potion to jumpstart our bodies at the start of the day. It is also the easiest drink to choose for any occasion.
Most of the time, who can blame you for treating coffee like your sneakers. They are comfortable, familiar and functional. But then there is footwear and there is footwear. Just as there is coffee and there is COFFEE!
Every bean and every brew tastes different. We all know that. Each one has a different rating. Taste is very individual so that what one would call premium to another is just plain old boring. Yet how would you tell the difference if you don’t taste them all?
Why not broaden your knowledge and coffee experience with a little coffee cupping? Coffee cupping is the method by which coffee tasters evaluate coffee. It will allow you to become truly familiar with the flavor- acidity, aroma and body – of the various coffees that you taste.
As with wine tasting, more than your taste buds will be involved. You will need to smell the coffee since the aroma plays a big part in making a great brew. In fact a lot of people have been known to say that the smell of coffee alone is enough to settle their nerves.
If you are interested in developing more coffee culture, check out your local coffee shops and find out if they have any coffee cupping lessons scheduled. There is sure to be such an activity going on in at least one of your local cafes.
Originally posted on June 29, 2006 @ 8:56 pm