Learn about Coffee, Roasting and Hand-Pour Brewing at the Crimson Cup Innovation Lab in Columbus, Ohio

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Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is introducing three consumer courses at its new Innovation Lab at 700 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, Ohio. Hand-poured Coffee Brewing 701 will be offered March 12, Coffee Roasting 701 on March 16, and Coffee 701 on April 7.

Coffee cupping at Crimson Cup Innovation Lab
Our courses will cover everything that goes into awesome coffee – from origins of the beans to roast level, grind, brewing techniques, drink preparation and more.

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea has brewed up three new courses to teach local coffee lovers more about their favorite drink. Held at the new Crimson Cup Innovation Lab at 700 Alum Creek Drive, the hands-on classes cover coffee, roasting and hand-pour brewing techniques. Participants can register on the Crimson Cup website.

“We’re excited to open up our new Innovation Lab to coffee aficionados as well as baristas and coffee shop owners,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert. “Our courses will cover everything that goes into awesome coffee – from origins of the beans to roast level, grind, brewing techniques, drink preparation and more.”

The series kicks off 9 a.m. Saturday, March 12, with Hand-Poured Coffee Brewing 701. This course explores the science behind brewing via demonstrations of Chemex, Hario v60 and French Press brewing methods. Students will learn how to prepare a perfect hand-pour coffee – including proper brewing temperatures, coffee grind, coffee-to-water ratios and pouring techniques. Each student will leave with a Roaster of the Year Coffee Set (includes 4 oz. of three award-winning coffees). Cost for the two-hour course is $50. Registration is limited to 8.

Roasting 701 teaches the art and science behind coffee roasting. Instructors will discuss basic organic chemistry, explain the roasting process and demonstrate factors that affect a roast profile. Students will examine green coffee and then roast their own on both sample and production coffee roasters. The class will end with a coffee cupping, in which participants will evaluate the sensory qualities of fresh-roasted coffee. Each participant will leave with a bag of one of Crimson Cup’s newest craft coffees. Held Wednesday, March 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the class costs $75. Registration is limited to 5 students.

Coffee 701 is an introductory course about the history, cultivation and trade of the world’s number-one cash crop, beginning with the legend of an Arab goat-herd and his dancing goats. Instructors will share stories gleaned from more than 25,000 miles of travel to coffee-growing countries in Central and South America, Africa and Asia. Participants will taste award-winning Crimson Cup coffees. The course will be held Thursday, April 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $25, and registration is limited to 12. Participants will receive a Crimson Cup mug and free drink card to redeem at the two Crimson Cup Coffee Houses.

Instructors for the courses include members of Crimson Cup’s coffee and training teams, including Coffee Buyer Dave Eldridge and Coffee Sourcing and Education Manager Brandon Bir. Together, they have over 20 years of coffee industry experience and have visited with coffee growers in more than a dozen countries.

“Teaching people about coffee has been at the core of Crimson Cup’s mission for nearly 25 years,” Ubert noted. “We’re excited that we now have a state-of-the-art space to offer training.” In fact, Roast magazine cited the company’s focus on education as a major factor in naming Crimson Cup the 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year.

About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. Since 1991, Crimson Cup has roasted sustainably sourced specialty and craft coffee in small batches. The company also teaches entrepreneurs to run successful coffee houses through its coffee franchise alternative program, which includes a coffee shop business plan. Crimson Cup coffee is available through a community of more than 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 29 states, Guam and Bangladesh, as well as the company’s own Crimson Cup Coffee Houses. To learn more, visit crimsoncup.com.

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