Coffee cupping, or coffee tasting, is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. It is a professional practice but can be done informally by anyone or by professionals.

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A standard coffee cupping procedure: cupper will smell the coffee, break the crust to release the aroma and allow the liquid to spread over their entire mouth to ensure they cover their taste buds with coffee.
8 Step Coffee Cupping Guide:

1. Grind each coffee

2. Fill Each Cup with spoonful of coffee

3. Add boiling water

4. Let coffee steep for 2-3 minutes until crust forms

5. Break crust and taste

6. Slurp the coffee

7. Swish it around and spit out

8. Rinse with water before tasting next coffee

What to look for:

Aroma- When cupping coffee, the intensity of smell once the coffee has been brewed

Body- When cupping coffee the intensity of how the coffee feels in the mouth in terms of weight

Flavor– The taste of coffee when it enters the mouth

Acidity– Term that describes the bright, tartness, vigorous taste of coffee

Sweetness– The intensity of sugariness that is present when swooshing coffee in the mouth

Aftertaste– The characteristic that describes the intensity of the flavor and smell of the coffee once it has been tasted and spit out