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Setting up a Home Cupping Lab

Thinking about setting up a cupping at your home and not sure where to start?  Let us walk you through some of the considerations that will help you feel confident in your setup. We won’t be going into detail about how to cup coffee, as you can read more about that here (insert link).  Only focusing on what types of materials you have that you can use, or what you may want to think about purchasing. First off, let’s start by saying cupping is supposed to be a relatively easy, and straightforward way to evaluate coffee.  Cupping was designed to be able to go anywhere in the world and use a relatively standardized approach.  Whether in a remote village in...

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How to Cup Coffee at Home

Ever wonder how your favorite coffee shop decided to buy and roast the particular bean you drank this morning, over the thousands of other coffees out there? In short, they cupped it. Cupping is the coffee industry’s standardized way for tasting coffee. But don’t let the profession’s strict, formal process for evaluating and scoring coffee (or the slurping and spitting) intimidate you...or gross you out. At its core, cupping is simply an apples-to-apples taste test. Here’s how you can cup coffee at home: The Short Answer (for The Long Answer, click here) Choose two coffees to compare  Keep everything the same except the beans you’re tasting. The 3 most important things to hold constant are: Water temperature (~200 F /...

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The Home Coffee Roasting Journey

You know that kaleidoscope poster at your local coffee shop that describes every flavor from “pomegranate” to “phenolic”? It’s a gorgeous - and in experienced hands, a very useful - tool. But it can also intimidate coffee drinkers contemplating an experiment with home roasting.  At Slack Bag, we not only provide you with the finest green coffee in the world, we also demystify the art of roasting coffee at home. We aim to convert the merely curious into novices, and to shepherd experienced home roasters on their quest for the perfect cup. The Four Stages of the Home Coffee Roasting Journey Future blog posts will expand on each of these stages in turn, but we’ll start with an overview. We...

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Hot Air Gun - Flour Sifter

Here at Slack Bag Coffee we're always looking for ways to make Home Roasting as accessible as possible.  Sure you can spend $100's or even $1000's on kit and get really nerdy, but we think that doesn't make it very approachable. We ran across using a Hot Air Gun and a Flour Sifter on the internet, and thought we'd give it a try! First off, this was an interesting setup, because opposed to our other methods we've tried here on the Slack Bag blog, cast iron pan, and wok, this method only uses hot air for heating the coffee, rather than surface contact.  So we're approaching roasting in a completely different way from a heat transfer perspective. One thing about roasting with...

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