All posts tagged: cupping

A beginners guide to ‘cupping’ coffee

Coffee cupping is very much a labour of love with many rewards. Even after seven years of cupping, I am still like a kid in a candy shop when approaching the cupping table. The ritual of inhaling aromas and slurping on flavours like a little boy with no manners brings a smile to my face and an excitement of the mysteries that are about to unfold. Cupping coffee can transport you to a farm half way round the world or lead you to exciting new origins or offerings you never knew about. What and why Cupping coffee is a system of classification based on a handful of learned skills – skills that once learnt can reveal many answers to roasting and brewing questions not to mention can be a lot of fun too. Whatever your level – you need to develop a good vocabulary in order to understand and communicate the sense or feelings you get from a coffee. Don’t be afraid to invent your own words and phrases – it is important to write …

FNND’s top ten unique coffees

Tired of all those top ten count downs? Bored of the top ten accidents on your facebook feed? Well FNND has kindly offered some expertise into formulating a list of the top ten coffees. 1. Panama Geisha The Geisha has an Ethiopian history, it was brought to Panama in 1963 via Costa Rica. It was a very low yielding species so it was never used by farmers. Now days there is still very few farmers growing it and it is currently fetching $100 per pound, around $7 per cup. The Geisha often displays exquisite acidity and an extraordinary character of often jasmine, honey and fruits. 2. Cup of Excellence The Cup of Excellence is the most prestigious award given to a fine quality coffee. The level of scrutiny that Cup of Excellence coffees undergo is unmatched anywhere in the coffee industry. All of the Cup of Excellence award winners are cupped at least 5 times (the ‘Top 10’ are cupped again) during the 3-week competition. During this selection process, thousands of cups are evaluated, tasted …