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Caffe Lusso


One of the items I purchased at the benefit for Moses Olmedo was a cupping at Caffe Lusso, a microroaster located out in Redmond. 
A cupping is to coffee what tasting is to wine – sort of.  There’s a little more of a process around it to make sure that what you experience represents the coffee at it’s best.  Our cupping entailed more than just sampling, however, as we were also treated to a full-on learning experience about the company, coffee growing and selection, a recent trip to a Nicaraguan farm and more. 
We sampled four coffees, one from:  Costa Rica; Peru; Ethiopia; and Sumatra. 
Caffe Lusso uses a lighter roast than most Seattle companies, thereby allowing the individual flavor profiles to be more evident. What surprised me more than the flavor differences, though, were the mouthfeel differences.  The coffee from Ethiopia was especially lush and almost creamy in the mouth. 
Tea has always been my primary beverage but I often venture into the coffee world so I found this event to be really interesting and to give me a good basis for further exploration.  And since there are so many similarities to wine tasting – coffee even has it’s own flavor wheel – I can see that researching coffee might be one of my new avocations.    
There is a ton of information on the web about coffee cupping so I won’t go into full detail here but instead will let the photos tell the story. 
If you live in the Seattle/Redmond area Caffe Lusso offers public cuppings – not as detailed as our private event – every Thursday from 2pm – 4pm. 
Caffe Lusso Coffee Roasters
17725 NE 65th Street Suite A-150
Redmond, WA 98052
866.587.6800 (toll-free)
  1. 15-Apr-2007 7:06 pm

    VERY interesting this place is located in Redmond.  Sounds like a great learning experience.  Geez, you\’d almost think my little Redmond is getting more cultured and interesting.  Cheers,

  2. Culinary permalink
    15-Apr-2007 9:30 pm

    Hey BH!  Whoa there!  Cultured and interesting?  Redmond?  Apparently you suffered some sort of effect from your recent flight!   Redmond is still pretty much vanilla – maybe a really, nice, rich, homemade vanilla but still vanilla! ;-)
    ~ B

  3. Jody permalink
    17-Apr-2007 5:09 am

    Along with a visit to Salumi, this is going to be at the top of my list during my next visit to Seattle. Wonderful post!

  4. Culinary permalink
    17-Apr-2007 6:53 am

    Thanks!  Glad you enjoyed it. 

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