Blending is the alchemy of the coffee world.
How does a roaster create a flavor profile that’s more than the sum of its parts? How can you use blending to your benefit when it comes to inventory management? What blends work best for espresso, drip, and cold brew? Should you blend before or after roasting? Let’s explore the answers to these questions over the course of an 3 hour hands-on workshop!
In this course we will look at:
- Inventory management
- Blend ratios and common industry trends
- Differences between pre- and post-roast workflow
- Brewing applications
- The difference between a good pourover blend versus a good espresso blend.
Students will create their own blends for their preferred application and taste with the group as we seek to hone our flavor profiles and create efficient, delicious medleys.
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.
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