WELCOME TO YOUR COFFEE TASTING
You are about to taste five different specialty coffees that are directly sourced from cooperatives in different parts of the world.
THE TRY COFFEE BOOKLET
The English version of the 60-page booklet that is included in the set (in German) can be downloaded here.
The five coffees are light to medium roasts. In order to enjoy them, they should be brewed (= long contact between coffee and water). They are not roasted for espresso preparation modes (= short contact between coffee and water).
PREPARING YOUR TASTING
Depending on whether you bought/got the set with whole beans or ground coffee, you need to start by grinding the coffee beans (medium coarse). Otherwise, you just need five cups (at least holding 100 ml of water), a kettle, a table spoon for each taster, a glass with water to clean the spoons in between and some water for each taster to drink.
Professionals in the industry call a tasting “cupping“. A cupping is also a great way for beginners to try different coffees in a row. Here is the step-by-step description:
- Fill five cups or small bowls with about two teaspoons of coffee each. A tablespoon for each tester and a glass of water to rinse the spoons provide.
- Heat water to 90 degrees, or if your kettle does not have a temperature set, boil the water and let it cool for about 2 minutes.
- Fill each cup with 150 ml of water. Make sure to cover the ground coffee completely. Leave for four minutes.
- Use your spoon to break the crust that has formed on the surface of the coffee so that the crust sinks. Then skim off the foam.
- Now you can devote yourself entirely to the coffee. It is best to first put your nose deep into the cup to smell the coffee.
- Then try the coffee with the spoon and without hesitation slurp loudly. (Slurping has the effect of taking in a lot of oxygen, making it easier for the many aromas from the coffee to travel through the throat connection to the nose, where we perceive them.)
- Taste the coffee again as the temperature decreases. The flavor profiles of many coffees change quite significantly depending on the temperature. You may taste more fruit notes when the coffee is colder. Whe the coffee still tastes delicious, even when it is cold, this is often a sign of good quality.
THE ORDER OF TASTING THE COFFEES
Taste the coffees in following order (as written on the backside): Permata Gayo, Fondo Paez, ADEBIPROM, Shilicho & COMBRIFOL.
You can also download or little leaflet with some instructions here.