Learn Coffee lingo and how to brew it better!

Our team of dedicated and certified Baristas teaches Coffee Education classes for Home-Baristas and Coffee Lovers of all ages and skill levels. See below for class descriptions. 

We are happy to welcome rotating experts in specialty coffee as guest lecturers for special workshops and podium discussions. 

Location:

All classes are held by Sweet Science Coffee at La Pop, 1847 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington DC 20009. 

 

Espresso & Latte Art Workshop

Pulling Shots and texturing milk

 

Workshop / 2 hours /  $70 per person / 4 max.

Are you curious to discover what makes a shot of Espresso perfect and how to pour designs on a smooth Latte? If so, this workshop is for you! A short theory session about Espresso roasts and extraction is followed by a hands on, fun spin on our La Marzocco. A dedicated Barista will show you how to dose, weigh and tamp shots. In part two you will learn how to texture milk to lay the basis for Latte Art. This workshop is capped at four participants, so you are guaranteed to get practice time and maybe even create your first design. 

To pull & steam sign up HERE

SENSORY SKILLS

THE BASICS OF FLAVOR PERCEPTION 

Lecture and Workshop / 2 hours / $50 per person / 4 min. -6 max.

Sensory Skills advanced / 2 hours / $55 per person / 4 min. -6 max.

Can't argue about taste? True, but you can learn how to express what YOU like much better. In this workshop you will learn how taste sensations are created by our brain, how it differs for different people and how to describe flavor, aroma and texture in coffee. You will:

  • Undergo a fun, blind taste test to explore how we process sensory input.
  • Get an introduction into the coffee flavor wheel which is used by professionals to pin down their impressions in a coffee, 
  • Learn the key components by which coffee is described and
  • Explore and define two different coffees, tasted by the group.
  • Advanced class only: Train your palate even more, working with organic acids commonly found in coffee 

For dates and bookings click HERE

For Sensory skills ADVANCED click HERE

(Note: Basic understanding of flavor notes is recommended when booking the advanced class)

BREWING - Basics & Pour over Technique

UNDERSTANDing THE SCIENCE BEHIND COFFEe and the nuts & bolts of beans and pours

Lecture and Hands-On Brewing / 2 hours / $55 per person / 4 min. - 8 max. 

In this combined lecture/workshop, you will learn:

  • The six key factors to know and adjust when it comes to brewing
  • How pour overs are different from Immersion (steeping) methods
  • How to adjust the parameters according to your coffees origin and age
  • What the gold cup standard is and how it relates to coffee recipes for home
  • Over-extraction vs. Under-extraction. What happens in the coffee during the brewing process?
  • How to develop a brewing recipe with a partner and make a proper pour-over which the group will taste.

You will work with a V60 or Kalita Wave, Chemex and Karlsbad Brewer.

For dates and bookings click HERE

Want more tools to play with? Book your MIXED Pour over & Immersion class HERE

BREWING - Basics and Immersion Methods

Pressing, Rising, Steeping - how to use Aero Press and Co.

Lecture and Workshop / 2 hours / $55 per person / 4 min. - 8 max. 

In this extensive workshop you will learn:

  • The six key factors to know and adjust when it comes to brewing
  • How Immersion differs from pour over methods
  • How to adjust the parameters according to your coffees origin and age
  • How to develop your recipe with an Immersion tool
  • Over-extraction vs. Under-extraction. What happens in the coffee during the brewing process?
  • Why outcomes in taste differ widely between Immersion methods (much more than in pour over methods)

You will work hands on with a Siphon, Immersion Dripper, Aero Press, and French Press.

We will cover which method works best for which type of coffee and which method works well for which type of coffee person.

 

For dates and bookings click HERE

 

 

For Class Times & Dates see our CALENDAR