This evaluation, called cupping, is crucial to ensuring that each cup of Zocalo Coffee tastes exceptional. We train our senses of taste and smell to distinguish details in our cups. We analyze each cup for aroma, body or mouth feel, acidity. We pick out flavor notes or descriptors that help us discern how sweet a coffee is, if it is balanced, and how complimentary the finish is. With lots of practice, we are able to create and improve the coffees we love to share with you.
Brewing your own at home?
Here are some guidelines to brew a great cup of coffee:
Now that we have the perfect brew,
let’s start tasting!
To get the most out of this exercise, we recommend tasting your coffee as is, without cream or sugar.
Take a sip of coffee and let it rest against the tongue before swallowing. You can even slurp the coffee into your mouth. (It sounds weird, we know!) Slurping using a round spoon (like a soup spoon) will aerate the coffee and helps to coat all of the taste buds in your mouth. This will give you a better tasting experience.
As the coffee rests on your tongue, ask yourself the following questions:
It helps to write down your notes too. We follow a cupping form but something informal like this works too! Just something to organize and group your thoughts to help guide you through what you taste.
Need a little help pinpointing what exactly "acidity" tastes like? What does "body" or "mouth feel" really mean? The links below will go into more detail on how to taste for these characteristics, Click around to learn more!
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Before you start off, remember these key points we find helpful: