dotCross held it’s first ever Coffee Brewing and Appreciation Workshop yesterday in the Bartlett Lounge. With the help of Holly and Joshua (a visiting friend), Aaron and I ran a 2 hour workshop that not only tried to teach people about the principles of brewing good coffee, but also a little bit about where coffee comes from. The main idea, as always, is about developing an appreciation for coffee: not just in the experience of drinking coffee, but also through knowledge of how it came to be in your hands.
We aimed to have a pretty small class of around 12, and it was tons of fun (for me at least). It’s always great to talk about coffee and even better to talk about coffee to people who are already interested. On hindsight, I realized there were some things that I wanted to emphasize but missed out, which is a shame. But it was still a blast.
I’m pretty sure the participants had the most fun playing with the brew equipment. Everyone got to brew and taste all three Counter Culture beans that we had available (Finca Armenia, Finca El Puente and Kenyan Single Lot). The group I guided (Wakenene, Collin, Anne, Jane, Francesca, Gene and Sara) brewed really amazing cups. I was seriously impressed by the first cup I sipped. Fantastic, it just brought a smile to my face.
Running this workshop just gives me the urge to learn more, so that I can be more knowledgeable and more proficient in telling others about the thing I am so passionate about. To tell the truth, I might just sign up for an advanced brewing class. I think it would be worth my time and money heh.
Photos by Holly Sze, coffee provided by Counter Culture Coffee.