You may have noticed from my Instagram and Twitter that I'm a little bit of a fan of Mettricks (you can read my recent post on their evening menu launch here), so when I was invited with the Soton Bloggers to attend a special education event after hours in Old Town, I just knew I had to attend.
Mettricks is leading the way in Southampton with speciality coffee education, including mini sessions over breakfast for £15. Our session one evening last week (because bloggers don't function too well in the morning!) entailed an interesting presentation from Dom, and coffee tasting (like wine tasting but with spoons), and lots of facts.
I have to say I found the whole evening quite fascinating. I haven't always been a huge fan of coffee, and obviously am not drinking much of it at the moment (FYI Mettricks does a fantastic de-caff latte), but it was so good to learn more about the second largest exportation product across the globe, after oil.
We learnt about the origins of coffee in Ethopia (which is the only country that coffee is actually native to) and the 'coffee belt' where all of the world's coffee is now grown. We were also taught about the growth and life cycle of coffee beans (or seeds as they should really be called) and how they are turned into those little brown beans of caffeine! Did you know that coffee beans start out life as cherries. The redder the cherry, the better the quality of the seed, and therefore better coffee.
I'm not going to go into the ins and outs of coffee here, because to be honest, there is just so much to know and I'm definitely no expert, though definitely more educated.
We finished the evening with coffee tasting. Like wine tasting which I did a few years ago in Paris, small samples are laid out to be tasted. We had a mix of coffees laid out, lettered A-J, and spoons handed out to those doing the tasting. Unfortunately I couldn't really take part in this part due to the caffeine, but it was fun to watch the rest of the group and talk to the Baristas. Once all were tried, the letters were flipped over to reveal their originals, and little about each coffee including the huge difference between speciality coffee and normal coffee usually served in chain coffeehouses.
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Thank you to Mettricks for hosting us, and for the extra coffee to take home - I'm definitely going to be saving my caffeine allowance for a cup of it at home!