Today was Day Three of our cupping and roasting course here in Northern California. All the students have been very eager and dedicated, asking lots of questions, staying late at the end of the day to inspect green coffee and watch Willem run batches on the sample roasters.
Ah, the beauties....
While they roasted away (this was nine students working on four machines), I set up a cupping of nine different Panama coffees. Actually, technically this was seven different Panamas, since three of them were just different roasts of the same coffee (Elida Estates, if you are wondering). It was good to do an exercise like this with new coffees. It's been a while. We had a caturra, a typica, and a geisha all from neighboring farms (read: same microclimates and soil). All in all, a great cupping. Of course, the geisha won... always singing the most beautiful song on the table when she shows up.
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Today's other star was a Grade 1 Sidamo brought back from our last trip to Ethiopia. Willem roasted it up espresso style (nice long, slow roast-development time) and I pulled shots of it unblended on his little David Schomer Special 1-group La Marzocco. The espresso was really nice! Fruity, sweet, mild, and friendly. This made for a great pick-me-up on a Friday afternoon after three days of classes when it was beautiful and sunny outside.
I'm collecting some great samples to take back to New York. And not just Panamas... but Ethiopias, Kenyas, El Sals, you name it! This weekend looks like I may head into San Francisco and drop by Ritual and Blue Bottle for a little West Coast espresso love.