Coffee Course Gives Well-Ground Education at Fresh Grounds

Fresh Grounds Coffeehouse & Cafe in downtown Greenville offers a 90-minute coffee tasting course, which is the first of many to be offered at the shop. The course, taught by master coffee instructor Abram Johnson, emphasizes that there is no right or wrong taste in coffee, but rather what one likes. The course includes a unique process called “cupping,” where coffee beans are ground and placed in a small cup with hot water poured into a bowl. After four minutes, a spoon is used to scoop off crusty grounds, and the coffee is allowed to cool for another 10 minutes before the first slurp is taken.

The course also includes review cards for each of the seven coffees served, allowing attendees to give thoughts on fragrance, aroma, flavor, and finish. Students can score on a 1 to 10 scale of the acidity, sweetness, and body of a brew to help them taste differences. Customers can also create their own mixes at home using a variety of coffee beans.

Upcoming courses include “Tasting Region and Roast,” where students learn the difference between dark and light roasts and regions where coffee beans are grown. Costs vary for each session, with rates ranging from $25 to $30 per person to $45 for two.

In conclusion, the best coffee is up to each individual, and the best coffee is the one you like the most.

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