How much do you know of coffee?
I do have a cuppa every now and then, ranges from instant packet drinks to some luxury coffee from those popular stores.
However, I have to admit I do not know much about coffee.
When I got a chance to attend a free Coffee Tasting session by illy at UDC (Università del Caffè), I am excited in no time.
As much as I have seen or heard of the brand illy, I have never patronized or bought their products.
I am quite sure most Malaysians are like me too, especially those non coffee aficionado.
This is why I believe illy’s UDC – the School of Coffee role is beneficial.
UDC is a coffee training school, with the aim to increase and promote the coffee culture to Malaysians as well as provides training to everything related to coffee.
You might want to be a barista (a really good one), or open your own coffee store (not kopitiam) or even just to know what good coffee means, UDC might be your choice for such education.
UDC has a dedicated division for the growers (coffee producers), one division dedicated for the consumer or customers and another for the professionals, the baristas, the barmans and F&B managers and whoever wishes to come to learn more about coffee.
There are quite a number of training courses available according to UDC’s schedule.
The coffee tasting session I attended is probably the most basic of the coffee basics, yet I had a lot of takeaways from it, such as:
- The high number of coffee some people can take. One attendee is able to take 9 cups daily!
- The good quality beans, and the not so good ones.
- Can high amount of caffeine kills?
- Which is better? illy/Starbucks or mamak’s kopi? Why?
- How good espresso is made.
- How good coffee should taste, look, and smells.
- How difficult it is to test your tongue in identifying sweet, salty, sour, bitter and balanced/neutral tastes.
The highlight of the coffee tasting is of course the tasting session itself. Attendees were given score sheets to mark the results of the beverages tasted and a number of beverages in cups to distinguish between different tastes and also the type of good and bad coffee drinks.