My First Coffee Cupping: Buzzworthy San Juan, Puerto Rico

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I like coffee.

I especially like how I am a tad less crabby in the mornings after I drink it–and of course, there’s the caffeine oomph.

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 My caffeinated doodles.


And I have to admit I feel pretty fancy whenever I get to sip on a five dollar soy latte (and practically spy-like when I get to do it incognito).

But I’d never heard of coffee cupping.

Turns out it’s a lot like wine tasting. Coffee cupping is a process used to evaluate and compare different coffees.

Coffee can taste briny, bready, or even oniony. Those are the not so good terms. Buttery, on the other hand, denotes full flavor and richness.

Who knew? Not me.

Until I traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico.]

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 Cafe Cuatro Sombras, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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This is a BIG coffee grinder. Cafe Cuatro Sombras is serious about their coffee.

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Everything you need to start cupping.

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Break the crust, and then it’s time to slurp your coffee.

Coffee should spread to the back of the tongue, NOT cause you to cough wildly (whoops).


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The prize at the end of our coffee cupping adventure: The best soy latte I’ve ever had.

Dare I say, buttery?

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Bonus! Drinking coffee guarantees you see San Juan at night!


Tell me your thoughts on coffee! I’d love to hear them.

Happy Monday!