Have you ever looked into the back lab at state st and seen a group of Gimme folk standing around the table totally focused on small cups of coffee? You may have. We are back there several times a week cupping. Cupping is a specific kind of coffee tasting, a standardized way to evaluate coffee which is practiced all over the world. It's the way green buyers decide which coffee to buy. It's the way roasters decide on their profiles, and it's the way we baristas get to know the coffees on our shelves so that we can better describe the taste to you. Starting this Saturday we would like you to come cup with us!
Cupping is a set process: we evaluate the fragrance of fresh ground coffee, then the scent again after it's brewed, and finally we taste the coffee. If you come to the lab on Saturday I will show you how it's done. It's amazing how you can taste the differences between coffees when you have several types next to each other. If you've ever thought that "coffee tastes like coffee," cupping is going to open your mind to the wide possibility of flavors available from a simple cup.
Cupping is going to happen every Saturday at noon, in the Lab at the back of State Street
Gimme! Coffee. We are going to have a great time: you'll taste some lovely coffee and you'll learn a little more about the coffee plant. We will easily fill an hour with a little bit of learning and a lot of tasting, so please come a few minutes before noon so that we can start on time. No experience is necessary, we will guide you through the coffees and the process of tasting. I will be there most Saturdays and you can also expect cameos from your favorite Gimme staff members. After the formal tasting there will be time to answer your questions.
So, come to the lab in the back of State St Gimme any (or every) Saturday by noon for a free guided coffee tasting. Starting this Saturday, April 24, 2010, and running until further notice. I hope to see you there!