first timers guide to coffee Cupping

Our monthly Coffee Cupping evening was a winner! Hosted by our very own Head of Coffee, Darrell, alongside a small group of Coffee Cuppers we enjoyed learning about and tasting 5 hand-picked African coffees.

Coffee Cupping

If you’re unsure as to what Cupping is, it’s the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of coffee. A bit like wine tasting but without the headache afterwards! We love hosting evenings like this because it means our lovely Southsea Coffee goers have a chance to learn a little bit more about coffee and what we do (AND we get to try some exciting new coffees!)

So, what did we do? First of all, we looked at the beans to see if there were any physical differences between each, the beans were then ground which released the loveliest aroma, an aroma to make any coffee lover sing. Darrell then poured water over the ground beans to release even more and different lovely smells because when heat is applied, the aromatics become more volatile and this allows your nose to pick out flavours more easily. After 4 minutes our Coffee Cuppers tasted, well…slurped the coffee and with the help of the SCAA’s Coffee Taster’s Flavour Wheel we were able to depict what flavours the Cuppers tasted in each coffee.

Coffee Cupping 2

A challenge was set to see if any of our Coffee Cuppers, both new and regular, were able to pick out which one of the five was processed naturally and they did it! We did the tasting blind, just to make things a lil’ more interesting. After discussing each coffee, it was clear that number 5, the Kenyan Kamwangi AA from Assembly was by far the favourite, although all of them were pretty awesome.

The Coffees:

·      Julliette AA from Five Elephant

·      Nano Chala from Nude Coffee Roasters

·      Kagumoini Peaberry from Square Mile

·      Rocko Mountain Reserve Natural from Avenue Coffee

·      Kamwangi AA from Assembly

We would just like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who came and for those of you who are interested, our coffee cupping events are held monthly and are free to attend. People with all levels of knowledge are welcome, in fact, all you really need is to quite like coffee!