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Coffee Tasting in Calgary?

can_i_try_some Jun 8, 2008 12:21 AM

Okay, so coffee is following the path of wine more and more. Not only is the country of origin important, but the region and often the "estate," producing the beans are of importance as well.

Wine tastings are common place; any decent wine shop will hold regular events to educate their customers and help expand their tastes.

So, my fellow Chowhounds, are there any establishments here in Calgary, which is in the midst of a coffee renaissance, that holds coffee tastings? I'd love to know exactly what it means when a coffee is described to be "earthy", or "winey," or even "bright."

I know Transcend Coffee in Edmonton holds coffee tastings, but I'm hoping to find a place in town. And if there isn't one here, I think that it would be a very popular event, should one of our esteemed coffee houses decide to start holding tasting sessions. And if you have the ear of any of the owners of the local coffee shops, please suggest to them that coffee tastings would probably be a very good idea - the ones at Transcend are often booked up weeks in advance.

I'd be one of the first to sign up for sure!!!

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    Hart50 Jun 8, 2008 07:07 AM

    Our resident coffee expert is John Manzo and so he might have some suggestions..

    1. John Manzo Jun 8, 2008 08:45 AM

      You have to get to know the boys at Fratello! They have cuppings all the time and are thrilled to have members of the public as long as you don't show up unannounced- they have scads of COE and otherwise outstanding beans which you can also try on their in-store Clover.

      Fratello is a roaster but the front of the store is a beautifully designed cafe space (it's to showcase their beans, not a market per se) and you have to see it to appreciate it.They're in an industrial park in the SE (4021 9 St SE) but not hard to find- just east of Barlow Trail, north of 42nd Ave.

      http://www.fratellocoffee.com/

      Also check out the caption:

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/15192594...

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