Peets Coffee Tastings
Gratitude Gourmet has featured a variety of wine tasting events, and it's been fun to partake in blind tastings and discover the diversity of 'terroir' flavor profiles. I've written about Peets coffee in the past, and I really enjoy the Uzuri African Blend, which is shown in this picture. Many of my Readers have also become addicted to it :-) Here's some great news!
Peets wins United Nations Association Global Citizen Award!
Peet’s Coffee & Tea was just recognized by the East Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association with a Global Citizen Award during the UN’s 65th Anniversary celebration and UNA's 5th Annual Global Citizen Awards dinner Oct. 24 at the University of California Berkeley.
For its efforts related to the UN’s Millennium Development Goal to combat global poverty and hunger, Peet's Coffee was acknowledged for its work in East Africa with nonprofit TechnoServe to improve sustainable agriculture, increase farmer income and alleviate poverty. Peet’s newest coffee blend, Uzuri African Blend is the result of these achievements.
Uzuri (pronounced OO-zur-ee) African Blend sources from and benefits 16,000 small-scale farmers in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia. Peet’s Coffee & Tea donated hundreds of hours of volunteer time in the region, providing the farmers with hands-on training to improve the quality of their coffee. As a result of achieving high-quality standards, these farmers now earn 30 percent more for their crop, helping to elevate their lives out of poverty and make possible much-needed basics like education and health care.
“We are grateful that our work in East Africa has been instrumental in aiding small-scale farmers,” said Shirin Moayyad, Peet’s director of coffee buying. “Receiving the Global Citizen Award from the East Bay Chapter of the UNA is an honor and we hope to continue sourcing coffee from this region to continue the support for the community.”
Congrats to Peets!
Have you ever tried a Coffee Tasting?
Recently, I've been experimenting with Peets' Sumatra and Columbia coffees as well, and enjoying the flavor profiles of the different 'terroirs'.
Do you want to have your own Coffee Tasting?
If you're doing a coffee tasting, you can use Press Pots to keep the individual flavors intact.
Next you want to pick your coffees. Peets offers a Coffee selector page that provides Region, Description, Liveliness, and Body information which can help you find a coffee.
Step 1: Smell the Coffee
Start by smelling the coffee when it's freshly ground, then smell the brewed coffee to compare the two aromas. Besides the obvious coffee smell, what does each aroma remind you of? A plant or flower? Wood? Earth? Use your nose to give your mouth a preview and leave your mind wide open.
Step 2: Taste the Coffee
Get the fullest flavor by slurping the brew. Take the coffee into your mouth so that it spreads evenly over the entire surface of your tongue and reaches all your taste buds at once. It is important to taste both at drinking temperature and again as it cools to detect flavor distinctions.
Step 3: Compare Coffees
Taste several different coffees side by side showcasing the uniqueness of each. Change tasting order to uncover additional flavors. Take your time, taste and taste again and enjoy the nuances of each coffee.
If you're interested in having Food Pairings with your coffee, you can try non-dairy coffee cake, cheesecake, and chocolate!
Here's a Coffee Cake Recipe you can use along with a Video on how to make it!
What's your favorite?
What coffee or food pairing is your favorite, please share what worked for you...and what didn't! Cheers!
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