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Brew Up Some Fun

How to host the ultimate coffee tasting party

Brew Up Some Fun

Spring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate than with a coffee tasting party with friends?

Whether you’re a coffee connoisseur or just looking to have some fun, a coffee tasting party is a great way to explore the flavors and nuances of different coffee beans. We want to share some ideas for hosting the ultimate coffee tasting party, including how to set up a tasting station and how to create custom tasting notes.

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Step 1. Setting up a Tasting Station

To set up a coffee tasting station, you’ll need a few basic supplies:

  • Coffee beans: Choose a selection of high-quality coffee beans from different regions to give your friends a range of flavors to try. You can purchase whole bean coffee and grind it yourself, you can grind your beans at a cafe, or some blends even come in a Universal Grind

  • Brewing equipment: Set up a brewing station with different brewing methods, such as pour-over, French press, or espresso. This allows your guests to taste the same beans brewed in different ways, which can highlight different flavors and aromas.

  • Tasting cups: Small ceramic or glass cups are best for tasting, as they allow your guests to fully experience the aroma and flavor of the coffee.

  • Water: Provide water for guests to cleanse their palate between tastings.

  • Snacks: Offer light snacks, such as crackers or small pastries, to help cleanse the palate and prevent guests from becoming too jittery from caffeine. Plus, who doesn't love snacks? 

Coffee beans pouring into a cup

Creating Custom Tasting Notes

Tasting notes are a great way to keep track of the flavors and aromas you experience during the coffee tasting. To create custom tasting notes for your party, follow these steps:

  1. Choose a coffee: Select one coffee to taste at a time, and have each guest take a sip.

  2. Write down the flavors: Ask guests to describe the flavors they taste in the coffee. Some common descriptors include chocolate, fruit, nutty, floral, and earthy.

  3. Note the aroma: Have guests describe the aroma of the coffee. This can include notes of caramel, vanilla, or even smoky aromas.

  4. Consider the aftertaste: Ask guests to describe the aftertaste of the coffee. Does it linger on the tongue? Is it bitter or sweet?

  5. Rate the coffee: Have guests rate the coffee on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. This will help you determine which coffee is the crowd favorite.

By following this guide, you and your friends can create personalized tasting notes for each coffee, allowing you to compare and contrast the flavors and aromas of each. And at the end, you can compare to the tasting notes that we have created for each coffee and see how you compare! 

With a little planning and preparation, you can create a memorable experience that everyone will enjoy - plus you will really impress your friends with this set-up. So brew up a pot, set out some snacks, and let the coffee tasting begin!

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