We smelled, sipped, stirred and attempted to be coffee experts, saying things like “I smell roasted peanuts in this cup, or rubber (yes, rubber is an aroma in coffee), straw, chocolate, cloves, potatoes, walnuts” etc. Who knew there was so much to the smell of coffee? Not this girl. First, we used an olfactory kit (a what?) to heighten our senses to common aromas found in coffee. Then we attempted to taste and smell the correct aromas. Billy and I were not very good at this exercise – we nodded our heads, trying to look thoughtful. Really we were thinking – yuummmmy, cofffeeeee.
However, even though we can’t properly taste coffee. We still thoroughly enjoy it. There is a barista in training at the coffee academy. In 2011 he was the Ugandan Barista national champ! He is practicing for this year’s title at the African Coffee Academy.
We DO enjoy free espresso shots and downing the most perfect cappuccinos we have ever had. Thank you coffee drinks, for being so delicious. And thank you barista Mark for being so good at making them.
P.S – Billy and I met the 16th best coffee “cupper”(coffee taster) in the WORLD. Yes, there are world wide competitions to see who can taste coffee the best. We went to the Ugandan Coffee Development Authority to meet her. She and her team taste every coffee that gets exported out of Uganda.