Yesterday’s cupping at the
Cupping Room Tasting Room (maybe they should change the name…) was a blast. We had a great cross-section of people there, including green buyers from coffee roasting companies and importers, cafe owners, baristas, and discerning coffee drinking customers from all over New York City. Matija, a barista from Croatia, came with his girlfriend, Mare. Hannah Wallace came, from the New York Times. And so did photographer Chester Higgins. Chester has done photography in Ethiopia, and he brought prints of a beautiful photo of his of the famous rock-hewn church at Lalibela, which he graciously handed out to our participants.
Also, a little Ethiopian saxaphone music to set the mood. (Off the topic of coffee… the music in Ethiopia was something I was not prepared for. It’s almost impossible to describe for me. Here’s one of the prettiest songs I have ever heard. Breaks my heart, the title alone…Mulatu Astatqe’s “Baby, My Unforgettable Remembrance”)
The coffee was outstanding, as expected. Everything was good, of course. But what really stood out for me yesterday was, among the washed coffees, the coffee from Lensemo Lamisso from Aleta Wondo, and among the natural coffees, the Idido from S. A. Bagersh.
I’m getting more and more excited about this auction. I’ve been excited about these coffees since I tasted them in Addis Ababa, but the auction itself is getting closer and closer… all the work will have been worth it if people bid on these coffees. If you are in any way connected with the coffee industry, make sure you spread the word about this event. (Info here.) If you don’t actually work in coffee, but only drink it, ask your favorite roaster or coffee shop if they plan to participate. The coffee is so outstanding, and the proceeds go directly to the farmers, helping them build a better life and further ensuring more quality coffee down the line.
I want to thank everyone who came. I also want to thank Cory Magamoll for helping everything to go so smoothly. Thanks Cory. Birr!! Also, as always, the fantastic folks at the Tasting Room. They get no money or anything for doing these events. They’re just dedicated to really wonderful-tasting things. Awesome.