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A Coffee Tasting: Sharing to Teach

It's near 1:30 in the morning, and I've just finished up three of the batches that will be going towards Saturday's little event. As I bagged up the last of the batches, I realized why I chose those three, as well as the Ethiopian beans I roasted last week for single-origin espresso, to sit alongside the Gesha: I wanted to present coffees that were not merely quality coffees, not merely coffees I particularly enjoy, but coffees that were unique and utterly hard to find in this city. A big part of the reason I decided to do this little shindig in the first place was because I wanted to educate people, and not merely by them hearing me drone on and on and on about total dissolved solids and uneven extraction leading to unintended but delightful complexities and the near-supreme importance of good green sourcing and blah blah blah blah blah.


One of the best ways to teach is to let someone experience things for themselves. Simple concept, right? Strangely enough, I find it horrifically absent from the American educational system. Perhaps because its inclusion requires creativity and enjoyment and vulnerability.

But that's another blog post. I'm supposed to only write about coffee and Jesus here, right?

I think I've come to greatly appreciate the minute gains of cerebral understandings of what is causing coffee to taste the way it does. I suppose my point is that I'd hate to share some coffee and not share that appreciation. Make sense? I hope so. See you Saturday.'s almost 1:40.

posted by Bolo | 1:39 AM
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