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Coffee cuppings at Espresso a Mano

Written by Melissa McCart on

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This Tuesday at 5p.m., Espresso a Mano in Lawrenceville will have its third coffee cupping, a tasting that allows customers to learn more about Counter Culture's seasonal brews.

These may include new-releases Baroida from Papua New Guinea and the popular Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

The North Carolina-based Counter Culture has built relationships with farmers around the world who practice sustainable methods, including fourth-generation farmers Jorge and Javier Recinos, who run one of the first organic coffee farms in Guatemala.

Gone are the days when a corner-store coffee or a Folgers brew would do. Because of outfits such as Counter Culture, Intelligentsia, Stumptown and Blue Bottle, consumers have become more literate in where their single-origin coffees originate and what it takes to bring beans to a neighborhood shop. 

Cuppings are akin to a sommelier's wine tasting, during which baristas also help consumers recognize flavor notes and hone in on coffee bean characteristics from various regions. 

Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates. After Dec. 11, cuppings at Espresso a Mano will fall on Mondays. 

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