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Coffee Tastings at Qualia, Second and Fourth Sunday Each Month at 2PM


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I offer twice monthly coffee tastings the second and fourth Sunday of every month starting promptly at 2pm. Just to clarify, these are not cuppings, which are a more specialized procedure used within the industry. Although we apply some of the techniques of a cupping to our tastings, what we offer is more akin to a wine tasting in which you are trying several different coffees at the same time, giving you an opportunity to compare and contrast them. It's also an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about the origin, processing, roasting and brewing of coffee.

There are a few more details on our web site here: http://goo.gl/Mqhfei

Joel

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I offer twice monthly coffee tastings the second and fourth Sunday of every month starting promptly at 2pm. Just to clarify, these are not cuppings, which are a more specialized procedure used within the industry. Although we apply some of the techniques of a cupping to our tastings, what we offer is more akin to a wine tasting in which you are trying several different coffees at the same time, giving you an opportunity to compare and contrast them. It's also an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about the origin, processing, roasting and brewing of coffee.

There are a few more details on our web site here: http://goo.gl/Mqhfei

Joel

Joel, do people need to register, or let you know they're coming? If not, no problem; if so, what's the best way for them to reach you?

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We were part of a small group that took Joel up on his offer yesterday.  It was a lot of fun!  Joel has amazingly deep coffee knowledge and can talk roasting, growing, beans, software, brewing and all the rest.  We tried three lovely and interesting coffees blind and then got the back stories along with lots of questions answered.  Joel does these events the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. They're free and a great way to get exposed to some new coffees and learn however much you'd like.  Qualia as a cafe has a great and comfortable vibe as a real neighborhood coffee shop.  That along with being one of the most serious purveyors of coffee in the city.  Thanks Joel!

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Sunday, August 25th will be a special tasting featuring coffee from Haiti as well as a question and answer session with the young men who have been working with the farmers to bring this excellent coffee to us. Haitian coffee has the potential to be as good as if not better than some of the more popular and expensive island coffee such as Kona or Jamaica Blue Mountain. In fact, the Blue Mountain varietal that Jamaica is so well known for was originally planted in Haiti before being imported to Jamaica. Unfortunately, the lack of investment and infrastructure in Haiti has meant that not much Haitian coffee makes it out of the country and what little does is funneled through the Dominican Republic, where most of the profit on the beans goes to middle men. Our importer, Cafe Kreyol, is working to change this by ensuring the provinence of the coffee as well as a fair wage for the growers.

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