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How to become an expert coffee taster


When it comes to coffee, Shaun Brideau wants you to think like a sommelier.

“You assess wine based on its color, its aroma, and its taste,” said Brideau, a server, bartender, and unofficial chief coffee enthusiast at Watertown’s Branch Line. “At Branch Line, we take the same approach to coffee.”

Brideau, who has spent seven years as a barista and general manager in the Boston area, worked closely with Branch Line general manager Deena Marlette to craft a rotating coffee program for the restaurant.

Since opening in the fall of 2015, Branch Line has established itself as a haven for locals who don’t just love their morning cup of joe, but also want to discover independent roasters.

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