“George is a legend,” Kevin Sinnot, founder of CoffeeCon.
When Kevin Sinnot, founder of CoffeeCon, opened the conference with keynote speaker George Howell, by saying the aside quote, it was like hearing a widely recognize assumption, followed by a two-hour talk full of coffee proofs. Whether one agrees with all of his fundamentals or not, George Howell brings a lot of reason to the subjective hows’ on getting to a great cup of coffee. Curated from his Coffee Tasting Seminar, here are ten un-ABC’s of coffee, as noted by smdlr.
- Water: If there is something wrong with your water, there is definitely something wrong with your coffee.
- Quality: Single estate is the peak of coffee.
- Milk: I usually drink milk in my coffee.
- Longevity: After 90 days off roast, coffee goes downhill in an accelerating fashion.
- Economics: We can’t expect economic stability for farmers as long as they remain anonymous; they need identity.
- Dates: Know the roast date.
- Cupping: Its not the best way to taste coffee, it’s the only way.
- Coffee: The whole is better than the parts.
- Brewing: Very small changes make big differences.
- Altitude: The higher the altitude, the brighter the roast.