There was an event at Shift Coffee this afternoon that I thought would be fun. It’s called a coffee cupping, and it turned out to be waaaay outside my comfort zone. Basically, a whole lot of extremely passionate coffee drinkers came to abuse and touch several cups of coffee inappropriately. If you’re like me, and you’ve never heard of a cupping before, here’s how it shakes down:
Everyone lines up and sniffs the fresh grounds inside several coffee mugs. Our event involved four different brands of coffee.
The barista pours water on the grounds in precise time increments. Smell that.
After a specific amount of time has gone by, everyone stands by a cup and “breaks” it with a spoon. This involves pressing a spoon into the coffee, breaking through the layer of nasty that has formed across the top. Smell that too.
The baristas then remove the layer of nasty.
Tasting begins! Everyone has four minutes to go through the line. “Tasting” means getting a spoonful of coffee, loudly slurping it out of the spoon (to get the fullest flavor), and then dunking your spoon into a cup of water. I’m not sure if the water cup is for sanitation or just to get the coffee off your spoon, but everybody shares the water cups. Yick.
We did run into a guy named Connor who works at West Oak. He was super into it, but I guess he’s a barista so that makes sense. We spent a good chunk of the time talking to the girl he came with, Lindsay. She’s a cool cat!
Apparently, Amanda’s parents decided that we needed to do a puzzle, so they gave us one they had completed once before so we could take a swing at it. Well, we started working on it around 5pm, not long before Wright left for Dallas to see a movie. A little while later I heard the door open and realized that he was arrive home. At 11:30pm. And we were still working. And we kept working for another hour or two. I did not know we had this problem.