Last night was date night for Ross and I – on New Years day in 2011 we decided to have one date night a week where we would do different things. We have managed to maintain this tradition 🙂
I love a good deal and when I saw this coffee event on Citymob – I bought it immediately. It was a “Coffee Cupping” event at Bean There in 44 Stanley Avenue. I had no idea what “Coffee Cupping” meant but I decided if it had to do with coffee it was good for me 😉 We had a lovely dinner under the trees at 44 Stanley Avenue at the restaurant Salvation Army.
When we got to Bean There – Johnathan (one of the owners) welcomed us and offered us wine and he had a lovely platter of cheese and biscuits. Coffee cupping is the art of “tasting” different coffee’s. We started off by smelling dry ground coffee and trying to figure out what it smelt like – there was everything from wet cardboard to cinnamon and grass. Then you had hot water to the coffee and allow a crust of the ground coffee to rise to the service. You then smell the “wet coffee” as you break through the crust. Again some interesting smells came out from the crowd of us – grapefruit, honey and tobacco. Then we had to skim off the “foam” off the coffee and throw it away into a cup. We then had to SHLURP the coffee – the reason why you Shlurp is so that the coffee is evenly distributed to all the different area’s of your mouth allowing for the best possible taste. Some of the words used to describe the tastes were – citrus, farmyard and port.
We had 4 different coffees that we had to taste and smell and then try figure out which one was from which country. The 4 we tasted last night were from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. My favourites were Ethiopia and Kenya. We then had a yummy cappucino to finish off the evening. Thank you to Johnathan and his team for a wonderful evening.
P.S They open at 7:30 and have free wifi 😉 Go have a coffee there its lovely – oh and the next Coffee Cupping event in JHB is on the 25th of April.