Not indulging in Seattle’s coffee while IN Seattle is like going to New York and not seeing the Statue of Liberty or avoiding the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Seth is one of the biggest coffee drinkers I know, so you can imagine how excited he was as we pulled into Seattle; he kept trying to reassure me that we were entering the land where drinking (practically) gallons of coffee a day is perfectly normal and accepted. I had my doubts. If a picture is worth a thousand words, our relationship about coffee can best be described here:
Suffice it to say that I (Carrie) am not a coffee drinker, but I figured, you know, when in Rome…
So Jeremy took us to Victrola Coffee for a coffee cupping (which, by the way, goes on every Wednesday at 11 am and is FREE to the public!). Coffee cupping lets you taste a bunch of different unique coffees side-by-side, allowing for contrast and comparison.
First, we started out rotating around the table and smelling different types of freshly roasted coffee grounds. It was so helpful to smell a bunch of different coffees side-by-side. I feel like even a complete novice coffee drinker such as myself could pick up on many of the different coffee nuances.
Then, they poured hot water over the grounds to release more of the aroma. A “crust” formed on top of the coffee which, after a couple of minutes, they “broke,” causing the grounds to sink to the bottom. At this point, we pulled out our spoons and started slurping. The goal is to cover every part of your tongue with coffee so you can experience all the flavor at once, and apparently, slurping is the best way to achieve that. The whole room was alive with all our slurping sounds.
I think the best part of the experience was how chill everyone was. The Victrola staff was so inviting and wonderful—not snobby at all. (There’s nothing worse than true coffee snobs…well, maybe wine snobs…) Truly passionate about coffee, they wanted to share their passion with all of us, and Seth and I loved learning about the fruit of their efforts.