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 do we do?
First of all, we look at the beans to see if there are any physical differences between each, the beans are then ground which releases the aroma.
We then pour 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 you taste, well…slurp the coffee and with the help of the SCAA’s Coffee Taster’s Flavour Wheel we were able to depict what flavours are apparent in each coffee.