Free Public Cuppings: Ecco Caffe

Next public cupping: Sunday, 23 August, 2009; 11am

[flickr-photo:id=3843074110]Welcome to the Volta world tour! Over the last few months we've seen coffees South America, Africa, and the Pacific go head-to-head in a public cupping competition to win a place on the Volta menu. We won't be able to stock everything, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try everything. We stage cuppings whenever new coffees are released so we can compare each of the new crops.

The next Volta coffee cupping will be held Sunday morning, 23 August, at 11 am. We're taking the opportunity to evaluate new coffees from Ecco Caffe, our guest roaster for the month of August. We'll have auction lot coffees from both Brazil and Ethiopia, as well as Ecco's twist on Intelligentsia's Guatemala and El Salvador coffees.

The cupping is free and open to the public. No prior experience (beyond a love of coffee) is necessary; we'll provide instructions and guide the cupping from start to finish. A cupping is a structured tasting that is used in the specialty coffee industry to evaluate the quality of specific coffees, both in the field before auction/purchase and at the point of roasting to determine the best roast level. We'll start by evaluating the dry and wet aromas of the coffees, then move on to the "slurp" to develop an evaluation of each coffee's taste. All we ask is that you refrain from wearing perfumes or other strong scents when cupping with us-- there's just so much that a nose can take in before the individual fragrances of the coffees are overwhelmed.