29 Jan '14, 5pm

Cupping at Starbucks: The Sound of Silence (and Slurps) via @DailyCoffeeNews

They’re tasting with clear parameters for outliers — is something exceptionally good or bad? Should a bean be pulled from rotation or elevated to a reserve status? Might a particular shipment improve by being aged not three but five years? Does something just appear mislabeled? And when these outliers are tasted, no one says a thing. Instead, a taster moves one glass in an endless line of glasses just a few inches to the right or to the left. They flag it, in essence, to tell the others “give this one special consideration.” It’s somehow notable.

Full article: http://dailycoffeenews.com/2014/01/29/cupping-at-starbuck...

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