Coffee Research Institute
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2000, 2001, 2002
Doug E. Cadmus
First things first... This is not a contest. There will be no
singular winner, and ipso facto no losers, either. Think of this as
a tasting seminar, a skill-building exercise... maybe even a Zen workshop
in the art of getting to know your coffee.
The challenge consists of a number of events,
centered around tasting samples of various roasted coffees, profiling
those tastes, and comparing them to a particular coffee blend. The goal
is to tune our palates, and learn something about both single origin
coffees, and the art of blending beans.
- Tasting. Taste and profile single origin beans and Mystery
Blend X, and attempt to identify the "world-origins" of
the beans. Level 1 is active, and you can submit the Cupping Form today!
Results and Origins Revealed!!
The following links reveal all... if you're still cupping and
don't want to know the results-to-date, and specific origins of the
Mystery Cup coffees, don't look!
In the spirit of the Olympic games, we present a special feature of the
Mystery Cup Challenge... find the the Russian Judge! We're probably all
aware of the long-held reputation of the grumpy former Soviets...
they're the folk who provided the well-grounded scores in a
series, like: 10, 10, 10, 6.5, 10.
The following chart shows the cumulative scores of all votes in
the Mystery Cup Challenge. There are 300 total points [6 coffees, 5
attributes, 10 points each]. How generous... or how stingy, were you? ;)
Another Special Feature!
Jim Schulman is a fellow altie and something of a professional data
grubber. He sent me some very interesting charts based off data he'd
glommed from the Mystery Cup charts I'd published here. I was intrigued by
his findings -- enough so that I forwarded him a copy of the original data
set to see what else he might come up with. The result? The Mystery Cup
Roast profiles of the Mystery Cup beans...
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