COFFEE CUPPING 101: Class Outline & Supplies List

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1. Welcome and Introduction

  • Meet Julien and Umeko, your friendly instructors
  • Get to know us and share experiences

2. What is Coffee Cupping?

  • The importance and history of coffee cupping
  • What are tasting notes?
  • Inclusivity at the cupping table

3. Preparing for Cupping

  • Discover how to choose coffees for cupping
  • Explore the impact of roasting and terroir on flavor
  • Framework for tasting coffee

4. The Cupping Session

  • Join us for a live cupping – cup along at home, or simply watch and listen
  • Learn the essential steps of cupping
  • Discuss what we’re tasting, using the framework outlined in our class

5. Conclusion and Next Steps

  • Recap the key learnings from the class
  • Resources for further exploration in coffee cupping


Join us for our virtual class, Coffee Cupping 101! If you’d like to join the class without cupping on your own, you are completely welcome to do so. If you’d like to cup along with the class, please gather these supplies:


2. THREE REGULAR KITCHEN SPOONS or one Umeshiso Cupper’s Kit ($15.30 – $21). Coffee cupping is a bit easier with the proper spoons, but it’s not required. 

3. TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF COFFEE. At least 25 grams of each. You can choose whatever coffees you’d like, or you can cup the same coffees as Umeko & Julien. We will be cupping two delicious coffees from Mother Tongue Coffee:

    • Women’s Group Bella Vista, Chiapas Mexico – $22. Taste the delightful notes of sweet red plums & lemonade! This coffee comes from Bella Vista, Chiapas, Mexico, and is sourced from a women-owned farm, Mayan Harvest Coffee. Supporting women coffee growers and their community is at the heart of this remarkable coffee.
    • Mara Estate, Narok, Kenya – $24. Experience the vibrant flavors of raspberries & black tea in this unique natural-processed coffee from Mara Estate in Kenya. A delightful departure from conventional Kenyan coffees, this offering promises to excite your taste buds.

4. FOUR SMALL CUPS OR MUGS. The cups should hold 5-7.5 ounces. Ideally, all four cups should have the same capacity. Wide-mouth 6-ounce mason jars work great too! If you want to purchase “official” cupping bowls, here are some suggestions:

5. THREE LARGER CUPS OR MUGS. They do not need to be the same size. Suggested capacity 12-16 ounces, but larger is fine.

6. ONE DIGITAL KITCHEN SCALE that can read grams. Scale should ideally have at least 0.10 resolution. If you need to purchase a scale, there are a huge range of options. We’ll sum it up by saying either of these will work great for cupping:

7. ONE KETTLE. Electric kettles are a bit easier, but stovetop will work just fine too. Wide neck or gooseneck styles are both great. If you don’t own a kettle already, here a range of options:

If you’d rather join the class as a spectator only, that is completely ok! The class is designed for folks to cup along OR to simply enjoy the show – whatever works best for you.

If you haven’t registered yet, reserve your spot now at this link! We’re looking forward to cupping with you.

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