We couldn't have been more excited when we received our box from Dillanos. They sent us 5 of their top-selling coffees to review. One of those coffees was the Lucent, used by Samantha Spillman during the US Barista Championships.
There was no way we could consume all this coffee by ourselves. Besides, we love introducing our friends to coffee from around the country. So we decided on hosting individual coffee cuppings. Guests would have the opportunity to taste coffee from an award winning roaster, learn about the U.S. Coffee Championships, and participate in a unique experience.
For a month, I hosted several friends at my home. My guests ranged from those who love the smell of Folgers in the morning, your typical Starbucks junkies, and your snobs and jerks who can spend hours debating on which coffee is the best.
So why not host one party and get it over with, right? I wanted to capture individual responses by providing a comfortable, pressure-free environment free from other perceptions. I wanted those who aren't educated on coffee to ask the questions they wouldn't usually ask when the snobs and jerks are around. Besides, it's something about private cuppings that make people feel extra special.
What is Coffee Cupping?
Cupping is one of the coffee tasting techniques used by cuppers to evaluate coffee aroma and the flavor profile of a coffee.
Breaking the crust and taking in the aroma.
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Never a dull moment when coffee is involved.
This coffee was the highest-rated among my guests. They loved how fruit-forward and balanced this coffee was.
"The aroma and taste was consistent from the beginning of the session."
Runner Up: Honey La Francia
This coffee came in 2nd place. My guests felt this went the best with desserts.
"It was different than what I've ever tasted. I thought it was going to taste like honey-flavored coffee."
My guests with their favorite coffee.
The Coffee Snob's Favorite
-Honey La Francia
I had a difficult time choosing between Natural La Francia and Honey La Francia. They are both very fruit-forward, which I enjoy, but the taste of Honey La Francia is more consistent regardless of the brewing method.
The Coffee Jerk's Favorite
The Lucent was really good. It was balanced and great for sipping throughout the day. This is one of those coffees you can still enjoy when cooled down.