What is coffee cupping:
It is a way to observe the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. It is typically a professional practice (used when deciding between buyers for coffee or among those creating the coffee), but anyone can do it.
How it's done:
The crust (ground coffee on top) is the scooped out with a spoon before tasting.
Next, you take a spoon, again moving quickly down the row of cups, and slurp the coffee from each cup so it spreads to the back of the tongue. This allows you to measure different aspects of the coffee that you might not get by just tasting it with part of your tongue. You can recognize the texture, the sweetness, acidity, flavor, and aftertaste.
It was really fascinating and I'm glad I joined in on it!
Time for bed! Goodnight!