As you know by now, Matt and I really enjoy coffee and espresso. I can almost drink it black now (that’s huge!). We started going to these coffee tastings at our local Starbucks, where each session focus’ on different roasts and pairings. Its a lot of fun because we get to sample different coffee roasts and actually notice the different flavors that come out based on where they were grown and what we pair with them. Plus, everyone there is super into it and it’s fun to make fun of them… until I realize I’m just as into it. Plus, its taught me to look at coffee in a different way–actually enjoy it– rather than just gulping it down to get me through the day.
This was our second tasting and especially fun because it focused on pairing chocolate with different coffee roasts. Say whaaaaa? Two of my favorite things in one place? All of the chocolate was hand made by a local chocolatier, Rick Jordan (who makes the most delicious, delectable, delicacies you have ever eaten!).
Here are some steps we go through to best “taste” the coffee.
1. Smell – Wave your hand over the cup towards your nose and take in what you are smelling
2. Slurp – Like the annoying way your parents always told you not to
3.Locate – Where is the coffee hitting your tongue?
4.Describe – what are you tasting? Is the flavor more citrus-y, smokey, fruity, sweet, bitter, etc.
I know this all sounds crazy but it really works. Plus I feel so intellectual.