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Tasting the Coffee Flavor Wheel

February 6, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Ever find yourself asking “how do they taste blood orange and cacao nib in a coffee?”
Tasting the Coffee Flavor Wheel
3pm – 4:30pm

Look no further, this introductory course will peel back the curtain through interactive group tastings and enhance your ability to assess a coffee’s flavor.

A recently updated “Flavor Wheel” accompanied by an extensive “Sensory Lexicon” were recently published and are widely used by coffee tasting professionals. We’ll get acquainted with the broad strokes of available flavors and smell or taste 20-30 reference samples from fruits, spices, and candies to earthy, grainy, and nutty aromas.

We’ll then apply these theoretical flavors to practical application in a few coffees as a group. You’ll walk away with the confidence to identify unique flavors in coffee and discuss them fluently with other tasters.

About the Instructors:

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.


February 6, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room
2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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