You’ve heard of wine tasting? Well, coffee tasting (also known as coffee cupping) is a similar idea. Coffee tasters determine the characteristics of a particular coffee blend and try to guess the orgin of a particular coffee bean. Coffee tasters judge coffee on its appearance, aroma, body and flavour. First they smell the coffee and then they slurp it, tasting the coffee at various temperatures, which lets them discover all the complexities within the blend or coffee bean.
Though coffee cupping is a professional practice, you don’t have to be a coffee connoisseur to try coffee tasting. Any coffee lover will surely find this activity interesting and enriching, and over time you’ll become an expert at identifying the different aromas and flavours. Once you’ve tried coffee tasting, you’ll never look at coffee the same way again. You’ll appreciate the difference between the good and the bad, and you’ll know what it means to truly enjoy a great mug of coffee.