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Your Favorite Barista Is Your New Sommelier

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After you finish up your latest wine tasting, you might want to book a spot at your corner café for a coffee tasting — or, for those in the know, a coffee “cupping.”


Formerly reserved for industry folk, cuppings are now being opened to the public, where baristas highlight the tasting notes of different coffees — as sommeliers do with fine wines. But NPR’s The Salt reminds us that beyond discerning that a coffee tastes like pink lemonade, what cuppings really do is shed light on the coffee farmers that produced the lively complexity that you (artfully, we hope) slurp, taste, and spit into a cup.

Coffee Is The New Wine. Here's How You Taste It from NPR’s The Salt