Taste Coffee Like a Pro
What you'll learn
- Learn to evaluate and discuss coffee quality like a professional coffee taster
- Get a step-by-step guide to professional coffee cupping (tasting)
- Discover 8 ways coffee experts determine if coffee is good
- Understand - and describe in your own words - each characteristic of coffee
- Learn the secrets to brewing excellent pour-over coffees
- Receive guidelines on how coffee should be bought, stored and ground
- Learn to set up and host a coffee tasting for work or with friends
- Develop techniques to train your palate
- Get access to our exclusive coffee tasting tools!
- A desire to learn to evaluate coffee at a professional level
- Have access to a variety of coffees so you can practice your tasting skills
- To learn to brew in pour-over methods, you will need to practice with a common brewing method like a French Press, V60, Aeropress.
- Timer (the one on your phone is fine)
- Cupping glasses (can be any 8 oz or 220ml glass or cup)
- Coffee cupping spoon (or a deep soup spoon)
When you understand coffee the way professional coffee tasters do, you open up a world of taste experiences.
You will deepen your love for coffee, know why you prefer a certain coffee, and you will confidently converse with others about the characteristics you find in your cup.
You can develop those essential skills with me. I'm a university professor of coffee, the founder of the Latin American Coffee Academy, and the author of Permission to Slurp, a book on coffee tasting.
Who is this course for?
This course is designed to teach coffee lovers as well as people entering the coffee industry to taste coffee like the professionals do. Why is this skill important?
If you're starting out in the coffee industry, you need to master the ability to evaluate coffee quality. Then you can make decisions about which coffees to purchase, how they should be brewed, and how they should be priced. You can use this course to teach others in your team at your coffee shop, online retail shop, or any other type of coffee company about coffee quality.
If you're a coffee enthusiast, I'll guide you to deepen your appreciation of coffee and share your new knowledge and skills by hosting a coffee-tasting activity with friends and family.
If you have ever felt like you don’t know how to taste coffee and detect the aromas and flavors, that's about to change. It’s easier than you think, and I’ll guide you to improve your tasting skills and memory.
What will you learn in this coffee-tasting course?
This course will give you the knowledge and the practical suggestions to learn to understand coffee and coffee cupping (coffee cupping is the industry term for coffee tasting).
The 22 lectures in this course teach you how to purchase coffee, brew it in pour-over methods, store and grind it the right way, and how to brew it for professional coffee cuppings. You'll learn essential ways to determine coffee quality and what goes on at coffee cuppings in the industry.
In this dynamic 1.5-hour course you will:
Learn to evaluate and discuss coffee quality like a professional coffee cupper (taster)
Get a step-by-step guide to professional coffee cupping (tasting)
Learn to understand and describe each characteristic of coffee
Get activities to sharpen your coffee tasting skills
Find out 8 ways coffee experts determine the quality of coffee
Learn the secrets to brewing excellent pour-over coffees
Learn to set up and host a coffee tasting (and brewing) session with friends or for work
Foundational knowledge and skills
Receive guidelines on how coffee should be bought, stored, and ground
Develop techniques to train your palate
Get access to our exclusive coffee tasting tools!
Why should you learn about coffee with a professor?
Frankly, why would you want to learn with anyone but an expert? I live in a coffee-producing country (Colombia) and worked as a coffee professor at the prestigious La Sabana University until I started my own coffee academy, the Latin American Coffee Academy.
I have taught people from every continent - even coffee professionals! - about coffee in Latin America. I have years of experience taking a complicated subject and making it easy and fun.
That's why people call me The Coffee Lady (seriously, you can Google it).
Try the course out to see why most of my students give me a 5-star rating! I'm always here to support you and to answer all of your coffee questions.
What if you don't like coffee?
Many of my students don't actually like coffee! But they recognize that learning about coffee is an essential life skill...and along the way, some of them learn to love the brew.
What if you want to learn about how coffee is grown?
Take a look at my From Coffee Plant to Your Coffee Cup course, also available on Udemy. It explores coffee cultivation, processing, roasting, and other factors that change the tastes in your cup.
What if your English isn't perfect?
My students live around the world and have learned English as a second language. So don't worry if your English isn't perfect - my students tell me the information I teach is easy to understand (and the videos have captions that I personally edited!). Also...hablo español, eu falo português, et je parle français.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone entering the coffee industry who needs to understand coffee quality
- People who want to have a deeper understanding of quality in food and beverages
- Coffee lovers from around the world
- Anyone who wants to share their knowledge of coffee through virtual or in-person coffee tastings
Karen Attman is the creator of the Latin American Coffee Academy, an online school that teaches people from around the world about some of the tastiest coffee in the world.
She helps people who are entering the coffee industry understand the true essentials of coffee so they can succeed in their chosen corner of the industry.
She was a professor of coffee at the prestigious La Sabana University in Bogota.
Karen is the author of Permission to Slurp, a guide to tasting Colombian specialty coffee. The book has been widely accepted by experts in the coffee industry as well as coffee lovers who are just beginning their journey into specialty coffee. In fact, the book was nominated for the category of Best Coffee Books by the Gourmand Awards in 2018.
Her boutique coffee education experiences, the Flavors of Bogota Specialty Coffee Workshops, teach foreigners and locals in Colombia about specialty coffee and what it can mean to Colombian coffee growers and others involved in the coffee industry.
She is also a food journalist who has written for CNN, Eater, Sprudge, Esquire and many more books, newspapers, and magazines. She speaks at international coffee events and fairs.
She has judged international coffee competitions and has appeared on TV and been interviewed on the radio numerous times.
That’s probably why people call her the Coffee Lady.