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September 10, 2020

San Francisco; Participate in a virtual coffee tasting with Triple Coffee; things to do


San Francisco

Participate in a Virtual Coffee Tasting!

Triple Coffee virtual coffee tasting 

Recently I enjoyed participating in a virtual coffee tasting.  A group I belong to arranged spaces for about 20 people.  We then signed up for the event individually, and during the week before the tasting packets of three different coffees arrived in the mail.

On the day of the event, we each gathered together the items requested by our tasting host, Tim Melano, owner of Triple Coffee.  These items for coffee cupping include things everyone has in their kitchen--cups, measuring spoons, etc.

set-up for virtual tasting of Triple Coffee
set-up for virtual tasting of Triple Coffee


Tim leads the group through an experience that is both informative and fun.  During our virtual tasting, it was interesting to discover that terroir affects the taste of coffee just like it does with wine.  That might explain why I was able to pick a favorite--The Divine Espresso--from the three samples I tried (the other two--Pacamara Natural and Japanese Exclusive--were also very good).  Sometimes Tim includes a surprise guest, which in our case was coffee farmer Benjamin Paz direct from Honduras!  


Zoom screen showing participants in a virtual tasting of Triple Coffee
Zoom screen showing participants in a virtual tasting of Triple Coffee



Do note that if you are caffeine-sensitive, like I am, you should monitor your caffeine intake in advance of the event.  By the end of my tasting, which occurred mid-morning, I was so buzzed that I was just about jumping out of my skin for the rest of the day and into the night!


Tim's high-end specialty coffee company goes beyond fair trade by importing roasted coffee directly from the best farmer micro-producers in Honduras, which gives them the highest possible price for their coffee.  He says, "I truly believe in direct-trade, direct-relationships, and selling only coffee from places I have physically visited."  He sells the boutique coffees from his office located in San Francisco's Marina District.  Currently, there is no physical spot where Triple Coffee can be tasted, but sometimes pop-up tastings are held at Fort Mason or on the Marina Green.  

pop-up tasting of Triple Coffee on San Francisco's Marina Green
pop-up tasting of Triple Coffee on San Francisco's Marina Green


pop-up tasting of Triple Coffee on San Francisco's Marina Green
pop-up tasting of Triple Coffee on San Francisco's Marina Green


If you're interested in participating in a virtual tasting, I suggest you gather  together a group of friends, or perhaps suggest to your employer that they host employees to a tasting.  But if that fails, you can also just sign up and be part of a random group of tasters.  The per-person fee is $20.  

2020 pandemic update:  A virtual coffee tasting is perfect to experience with a group from the safety of your home.  


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first two images ©2020 Carole Terwilliger Meyers; last two images courtesy of Triple Coffee 


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