Leigh - Urbanistar-in-Chief
I love Urbanistar, to me it is everything a great cafe should be - it has a presence, even though it is tucked down the far end of an arcade. It has an owner passionate about good food and coffee, and it has an amazing clientele from all over Northbridge which makes it a fascinating place to chat and meet people.
The cupping session was held in the arcade with a long communal table laid for the occasion with what seemed like a vast collection of coffee cups.
The arrangement gave the whole session a great atmosphere and I had fellow coffeesnobs Alchemist, Greenman and TheGoodies sitting close by so we had a good time. This was perhaps unfortunate for Mrs Grendel and Mrs Alchemist who had to endure 2 hours of totally geeked out coffee nuts.
I have my notes somewhere but I think I remember a Kenyan AA, a Sigri, The Honduran, a dry processed Ethiopian - oh I was so over caffeinated I still can't remember the 5th - I sure a commenter can add that one for me!
I don't want to start to imagine the logistics of cupping 5 coffees for 15 or more people but Kam and Louise managed very well and the day went smoothly with lots of good questions from the newly inducted coffee appreciators.
It was particularly good to see a large number of the Urbanistar customers participating.
Mrs Grendel showing her cupping style (who refused to 'slurp' loudly from a spoon and added milk and sugar after the first taste of each coffee!!!)
"Alchemist" Sam reviews his notes - at this point I am surprised there is no motion blur from the camera
I want this painted on my office wall too!
Leigh goes into affogato production action
This was a really great afternoon, very enjoyable spend with great people down the whole length of the table. One of the things I love about coffee - and apparently the people involved in speciality coffee, is that they are both interesting and friendly. This makes the coffee all the sweeter.