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The New York Coffee Society

Posted on 2007.01.11 at 22:27
sample roast crust

I once posted that all I want to do is pull shots and cup coffees. Luckily, I've been pulling plenty of shots lately. But there's really no such thing as too much cupping in my book. And cupping is much better with more people.

So with that in mind, I would like to announce the formation of the New York Coffee Society.

Several coffee-savvy friends and I are forming a club whose primary purpose is to allow people in the New York area to cup coffees together. Approximately once a month we'll be getting together and sussing out coffees from all the top U.S. roasters, plus whatever other little gems we can get our hands on. There is a good chance we will be doing some sample roasting at some point. For those of you in specialty coffee in New York City, I don't need to tell you how valuable and fun (and sadly rare) such sessions can be.

For those of you who haven't had the chance to work at an elite cafe or roastery, all I can tell you is that a serious cupping session with excellent beans on the table is one of the finer pleasures in life. Specialty coffee is in the infant stages of what will be a huge explosion in this country, like the U.S. wine industry in the seventies. Now is the time to learn this stuff with real pros, so you can make all your friends jealous three years from now when they finally get wise to what's happening. ;)

The first few meetings of the Society will largely be standard cuppings (I will provide the venue, the beans, and all the equipment), along with a introduction for first-timers. We'll have as much information as possible for each coffee on the table. From there we would also like to teach scoring coffees, try some region- and processing-specific sessions, and invite some of the roasters—and eventually growers—to cup and talk with us when they are in town.

Anyone who wishes to come is welcome, from professional roasters to complete neophytes. Membership will be free to begin with, and open to first comers. I believe after a few sessions we may institute a nominal fee for new members to cover the ongoing cost of sourcing beans, so sign up now while it's still free. Come to as many or as few of our sessions as you like.

To sign up for membership in the New York Coffee Society, or if you have any questions or comments, send an e-mail to newyorkcoffeesociety@gmail.com; If you are just curious, don't hesitate to shoot me an e-mail. No one will bother you if you decide you don't want to join. All information is absolutely confidential, and we will never use it to solicit you or try to sell you stuff, as that runs counter to everything our club is about!

I will post more information over the coming weeks. Our aim is to have our first grand cupping in February. Hope to see you there!
spent cups samples, pre-cupping

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