Cupping Tips

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Cupping teaches you the subtleties of coffee and it can be an interesting and educational experience. You will need fresh coffee beans, boiling water, a clean cup or eight-ounce glass, a soup spoon, and a bowl into which you can spit out the coffee after you have tasted it.

Grind the coffee you wish to sample and place two tablespoons of it into your cup. Then add approximately six ounces of near-boiling water. Let the coffee steep for three or four minutes. Now you're ready to begin.

There will be a crust on top of the coffee. Place your nose close to the crust, break through it with the spoon and smell the aroma of the brew.

Next, "clean" the cup by skimming the grounds from the surface of the coffee with the face of your spoon. (Rinse off the spoon!) Then, slurp some coffee from the spoon while holding it close to your mouth. (The professionals use the term aspirate.) Inhale and slurp in a vigorous fashion! Roll the coffee around in your mouth and over the sides of your tongue. When you have experienced the flavor, body, and acidity of the coffee, spit it out. Try this a couple of times so you can acquire a sense of the coffee.

The process of cupping is much more fun and instructive if you sample and compare two or more coffees at one sitting. Just set up the required number of cups, grind the coffees--be sure to rinse your spoon between samples--and have fun.


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Place about two tablespoons of coffee and add near-boiling water.
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A thin crust forms on the surface as the coffee steeps.
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Break the crust with a spoon and inhale the aroma.