Genio Roasters takes a closer look at Man Ching Dixon Lp’s CuppingLab
Winner of the People’s Choice Award for Best New Product in the Open Class at last year’s Speciality Coffee Association of America event, CuppingLab is a versatile and powerful cupping app for committed coffee professionals. It’s the perfect companion for cupping, and supports both formal or daily coffee tasting via its beautiful, simple, and yet thoroughly professional interface. It can be used for all sorts of cupping sessions – from formal exams to playfully personal sips – and, quite frankly, should be.
The art and craft of cupping has finally gone smartphone-mobile!
Actually, cupping might be worth a paragraph or two all on its own for those less acquainted with the practice; we ain’t talkin’ no traditional Chinese alternative healing-therapy here…
Cupping, in simple terms, is coffee tasting – and, much like wine tasting, is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. While it’s regarded as a professional affair, there’s nothing snooty about it: it can be done by anyone who loves drinking coffee. Practitioners who regard cupping as serious business (and are trade professionals) are known as Master Tasters.
A standard cupping procedure involves deeply sniffing the coffee, then loudly slurping it to make sure it spreads around the mouth and especially to the back of the tongue. By doing this, the coffee taster attempts to measure all the aspects of the taste, specifically the body (the texture, or what they refer to as mouthfeel), sweetness (determined by the sides of the tongue), acidity (a sharp, tangy taste at the tip of the tongue), flavour (the character of the brew), and aftertaste. Because coffee beans are inclined to embody definite tell-tale flavours from whatever region in the world they are grown, cuppers may try to identify the coffee’s origin.
What the CuppingLab app does, is allow you to keep an immediate, concise, visual record of all your tasting sessions over time.
The process is relatively straightforward: you sign up, login and you are good to go. You are also given instant access to free cloud storage; whenever you start and save a session, your entries are simultaneously and securely saved to the CuppingLab website.
The app is wonderfully intuitive and appealing in its sultry shades of brown; this is as organic an interface as anything digital will allow you to get. Take a look at some screenshots below.
Also, take a look at this easy to use video guide:
We all know the secret to delivering a delicious cup of coffee is quality control – from raw bean, through roast, through grind, to cup. But the only way to really get to know all aspects of the process, is tasting – and comparison tasting is paramount. Countless factors influence the coffee experience, and CuppingLab allows you to carefully note and rate those that matter most – and then recall at a glance why you rated a certain coffee the way you did. That’s no small thing.
Get cupping today with CuppingLab!