If you find yourself at the prestigious Kona Coffee Cupping Contest or similar events, you may at first be confused by all the terms thrown around. Read up on our handy list of coffee cupping definitions, and arrive at your next coffee cupping event sounding like a pro.
On a fundamental level, coffee cupping is a way to infuse some objectivity into a subjective process. It takes some practice, a controlled setting, and even a little natural talent to be able to truly judge a cup of coffee in a quantified, objective way.
Coffee cupping is a process that judges the taste, aroma and quality of coffee. Much more involved than just pouring a cup and coming up with an opinion after a few sips, the process is very involved, and similar to what you may find at a wine tasting.