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Introductory Coffee Sensory Exercises: $50

November 16, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Introductory Sensory Exercises is a course designed for coffee tasters and enthusiasts looking to understand the basic principles behind sensory evaluation, especially as they relate to coffee. The course includes a guided tasting through parts of World Coffee Research’s Sensory Lexicon and the new SCA Flavor Wheel, as well as an introduction to coffees representing important origins and processes. Students will also gain exposure to the industry’s standard practice of formal sensory evaluation of coffee, an event called “cupping.”

Ever wonder what the difference is between a fully washed coffee and a natural (dry) processed one? Curious to examine the differences between Colombian and Costa Rican coffees? Ever find yourself asking “how do they taste blood orange and cacao nib in a coffee?” Look no further, this introductory course will peel back the curtain through interactive group tastings to enhance your ability to assess a coffee’s flavor.

Taught by Chris Kornman of Royal Coffee, hosted by Bay Area CoRo, in anticipation of the opening of The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room.

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About the Instructor

Chris Kornman, Education & Lab Manager, Royal Coffee, Inc.

Chris is a seasoned coffee quality specialist, avid writer and researcher, a member of the SCA’s Research Advisory Council, and the Lab & Education Manager at The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room. Formerly a QC manager, cupper, educator, green coffee buyer, and roaster at Intelligentsia under the guidance of Geoff Watts, Chris logged thousands of miles across the coffee lands in East Africa and Brazil. His passion for coffee and education has led him to speaking opportunities at Anacafé in Guatemala City, Roasters Guild Sensory Summit at UC Davis, as part of the Academic Agenda for the Café de Colombia Expo in Bogotá, and in front of humming roasters and slurping coffee tasters worldwide. On weekends, Chris can be found helping at his partner’s Improv Theater in Oakland. He rides a 1986 Schwinn Prelude and plays banjo and trumpet.

About the Host Venue

Pulley Collective

Pulley makes it easy and affordable for small businesses and startups to roast their own quality coffee in a low cost & low risk way. Get access to equipment, resources, and knowledge usually limited to large roasting operations with history. A coffee workshop on neutral ground.


November 16, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Pulley Collective
2451 Peralta St., Oakland
Oakland, CA 94607 United States
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