Coffee tasting (also called coffee cupping) is done to determine the characteristics of a particular coffee blend or to guess the origin of a particular coffee bean. A coffee taster judges coffee based on appearance, aroma, body, and flavor by first smelling and then slurping the coffee. He or she will taste the coffee at various temperatures to discover all the complexities of the blend or bean.
Though coffee cupping is a professional practice, you don’t have to be a coffee connoisseur to try coffee tasting. Any coffee lover will surely find this activity interesting and enriching. Think of it as a little like a wine tasting where, with practice, you come to recognize different aromas and flavors. Once you get the feel for coffee tasting, you'll never look at your coffee the same way again. You'll be able to appreciate the difference between the good and the bad, and you’ll know what it means to truly enjoy a great cup of coffee.