Q Grader Brandon Bir of Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea held a triangulation seminar at the Golden Bean Australia/New Zealand roasting competition. The course covered sensory analysis, cupping protocols, the coffee flavor wheel and differences in coffee profiles due to processing, variety and region.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- On November 19, Australian coffee professionals explored coffees of the world with Brandon Bir, education and sustainability director for Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea.
Over a dozen attended the one-day seminar at the Golden Bean Australia/New Zealand roasting competition. Both events took place at Australasian Cafe School in Port Macquarie, New South Wales.
"Part sensory science, part history, and lots of tasting, this workshop helped coffee professionals develop calibration skills to make informed purchasing decisions," Bir said.
The course covered sensory analysis, cupping protocols, the coffee flavor wheel and differences in coffee profiles due to processing, variety and region.
"In one short day, we tasted our way through coffees from Central and South America, Africa and Asia," Bir said. "We touched on elements of the Q Grader exams as students learned about sensory analysis through triangulation."
A coffee triangulation involves three cups. Two contain an identical coffee. The third holds a different variety. Tasters must correctly identify the different cup.
Certified as Q Grader by the Coffee Quality Institute, Bir contributes to sensory skills course development for the Specialty Coffee Association. He holds 10 different coffee and tea certifications, including Authorized SCA Trainer (AST), SCA Specialized Instructor and STI Level One.
In September, Bir led Crimson Cup to the 2019 Golden Bean North America Small Franchise/Chain Championship. He also served as a judge at the Golden Bean North America and Golden Bean Australia/New Zealand competitions.
About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea
Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is the 2019 Golden Bean Champion for Small Franchise/Chain roaster and Roast magazine's 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. Since 1991, Crimson Cup has roasted sustainably sourced craft coffee in small batches. It sells coffee to consumers and distributes wholesale coffee beans.
Through its 7 Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program, the company also teaches entrepreneurs to run successful coffee houses. By developing a coffee shop business plan, entrepreneurs gain insight into how much it costs to open a coffee shop.
Crimson Cup coffee is available through over 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 37 states, Guam and Bangladesh. The company also operates several Crimson Cup Coffee Houses. To learn more, visit crimsoncup.com, or follow the company on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
SOURCE Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea