A Saturday morning happy hour


I have recently been thinking about how much I would enjoy having a morning happy hour with good friends, good coffee and good conversation. I’ve always said I’d choose coffee over alcohol—if I had to pick one—so a reverse happy hour seems like a good idea.

MintedCondition recently sent me a link to this great Design*Sponge post about a coffee brunch hosted by contributor Paige Anderson Appel, including custom cupping scorecards and beignets!

We envisioned a sleepy, grey, Seattle morning with friends snuggly in their Uggs, hot coffee steaming, newspapers being passed, and intellectual chatter abounding. Now we just needed to put our creativity into the party.

Sounds fantastic.

Download a printable version of their scorecard, view the music playlist, and see more photos to inspire you’re own version of a morning happy hour on Design*Sponge.

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  • Reply Bekka 06/11/2010 at 10:20 am

    I’m so glad you posted this!

    • Reply bwj 06/11/2010 at 10:39 am

      No problem Bekka, thanks for sending me the link!

  • Reply Khürt 06/11/2010 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks for posting this. It got to me thinking about cupping and tasting. I typed “coffee cupping new jersey” into Google search and found a treasure: http://www.rojosroastery.com/

  • Reply Nate 06/12/2010 at 12:04 pm

    This sounds like a great idea! I recently received some training in the art of cupping from the SCAA, but it is not a defined science! Anybody can do it, and you will get better as you develop a baseline and learn to recognize different subtle flavor profiles. The great thing is that there are no wrong answers, if you taste it, then you are correct! Cupping is a great way to experience a coffee in its truest form, nothing but beans and hot water. The SCAA website has some great printables too. They have a flavor and aroma wheel to help you pinpoint the flavors and scents you are trying to describe.

  • Reply Dave 06/14/2010 at 3:15 pm

    I would def be down for a coffee happy hour! maybe u could set up one on meetup everywhere (http://www.meetup.com/everywhere) for dear coffee i love you readers?

  • Reply bwj 06/14/2010 at 3:52 pm

    @Nate: Agreed! You don’t have to get super technical to do a cupping. If you aren’t doing it to evaluate a large purchase of beans, but rather experience the differences in various roasts, you can get away with a simple set-up.

    @Dave: A meet-up would be a great way to get things going! Wish I was back in NY, I would love to host one.

  • Reply Jack 06/17/2010 at 1:48 pm

    This was well thought out, and designed well. I especially like the nice coffee stain touch. I clicked around and couldn’t find the link to download the sheet. Also, the pictures turned out really clear and detailed. What camera was used? Any good cupping resources you recommend?

    Great post!


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