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Getting Deeper Into Coffee — How Cupping Classes Teach Regular Folks To Taste Like The Experts


It’s five minutes before the weekly public cupping at Metric Coffee, and Harris Nash is a bundle of energy.

While it’s clear he’s had his morning coffee, that’s not the entire reason for his high energy level as visitors arrive at the West Fulton Street roastery. Nash is a live wire because he wants to showcase all the flavors and stories that coffee has to offer, from crop to cup.

It’s an excitement that is gaining momentum with Chicago coffee drinkers — from the casual to the enthusiast. Local roasters Metric, Metropolis, and Passion House and Durham, N.C.-based Counter Culture are leading the way in hosting free cupping events to engage and educate patrons, and to explain the broader coffee experience.

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