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Advanced Sensory Exercises

July 31, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Advanced Sensory Exercises is a training session including tasting lessons designed to improve the skills of coffee tasters.

Together we’ll practice triangulations (coffee tasting where the evaluator must identify the one of three cups which is not like the other) and taste organic acids. The course will involve both interactive tastings and a brief overview of the relevance of certain acid types to coffee flavor, and some tricks and tips to help avoid common sensory pitfalls. We’ll also practice subtle differences of combination and concentration in the Sensory Skills exam (sweet, salty, and sour).

The course is modeled after industry standard examinations, and will provide valuable practice to those seeking various types of certifications. It will also increase your ability to identify problem coffees in a formal evaluation setting and help you to expertly consider the broad range of influences on a coffee’s flavor profile.

About the Instructor

Chris Kornman, Education & Lab Manager, The Crown

Chris Kornman is a seasoned coffee quality specialist, avid writer and researcher, 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.

Visiting the Crown

We cannot wait to host you in our Tasting Room, at the Cupping Table or for a Coffee Course.

One of the special things about The Crown is that we are located in the heart of Uptown Oakland – a veritable paradise for coffee lovers & foodies alike. However, parking is limited in the area, and we highly encourage public transportation or ride sharing. Below are some resources to help you plan your visit.

For more information on visiting The Crown, please click here.


July 31, 2019
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room
2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 946121 United States
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