How to Taste Under Pressure: Our 2nd Cup Tasters Event

 

How to Taste Under Pressure: Our 2nd Cup Tasters Event

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 - 10:15am By Michael Harwood

Ceremony Coffee Cup Tasters Event

When you taste coffee for a living, occasionally you like to see how your palate stacks up; so you invite 30 friends over and have at it! Thus was the motivation for our second-ever Cup Tasters event - to host a friendly challenge that brings our community together over something we all love.

Ceremony Coffee Cup Tasters Event

The game is simple - there are four sets of three cups of coffee on a table in front of you. In each set, two coffees are the same, one is different. It is up to you to pick out the different cup in each of the four sets in the shortest time possible, using only a spoon and your senses of smell and taste. The coffees we used were Brazil Santa Lucia & Brazil Esmeralda, Peru CENFROCAFE & Thesis House Blend (which has Peru in it!), DRC Muungano & Ethiopia Wazzala, and finally Colombia Gaitana & Colombia Aguacate. As you can see, many of these sets challenged the taster to differentiate between coffees grown less than 1000 miles and in some cases, less than 250 miles apart.

Ceremony Coffee Cup Tasters Event

The night played out nicely, with baristas congregating from around Annapolis, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and as far away as North Carolina. We enjoyed complementary beer from Oliver Brewing Co. and Union Craft Brewing, though many competitors chose to wait for libations until after they had competed. Gotta keep that palate fresh! In the end, only a few got all four right, but there were many three out of fours, which was very impressive! A couple of baristas asked how they might get better at tasting, so here are a few suggestions: taste coffees blind and articulate what you are experiencing, talk with trained coffee professionals about what they taste, be interested in the world of flavor and aroma at large, taste a wide range of coffees from your shop and others, but most importantly, just be present when you're enjoying a cup of coffee (it's amazing what you notice when you stop to pay attention).

Ceremony Coffee Cup Tasters Event

Thanks for hanging out! We had a blast and hope you'll join us for the next one!

Ceremony Coffee Cup Tasters Event