The first week-end of November I traveled to Medicine Hat, fondly termed “The Hat” by locals and visitors alike, to participate in the 2nd annual Coffee Week-end sponsonred by Madhatter Coffee Roastery. Kathryn Tatham, Madhatter Coffee Roastery owner and head roaster, had me out the previous year for the first Coffee Week-End and invited me back for this year’s event.
Over the course of the week-end, I presented 3 times to 3 different groups; once to chefs and restaurant owners, another to coffee drinkers interested in learning more about coffee, and finally to the staff at a local cafe.
Each presentation included a brief introduction into what coffee is and how history has served as the backdrop to its becoming the most consumed beverage world-wide. And, of course, each presentation included coffee cupping. At De Vine Restaurant, we even got to taste dessert cookies from a local baker and pair them them with coffees we were cupping to discuss which coffee best complemented each cookie. Much like wine-pairing with meals, pairing coffee with desserts can not only help to find the right coffee for a special dessert, but also help to bring out and highlight each coffees’ distinctive cup notes and flavor characteristics. Mmmmhhhmmm, cookies and coffee!
And more cupping and tasting….