Is there a science for brewing the perfect cup of coffee?

There is at Zion Coffee. The morning crew headed there to learn more.

PEORIA, IL - Going to a coffee shop and seeing the various drink choices can be an overwhelming experience. 

"We certainly have experienced walking into coffee shops where, you know we felt intimidated not knowing exactly the difference between a cortado or a macchiato" said Banu Hatfield, owner of Zion Coffee.

So Banu Hatfield offers classes to teach you more about your cup of joe, at Zion Coffee in Downtown Peoria. 

"What we wanted to do is really create a space where everyone felt welcome and included and part of that for us is to take the mystery out of preparing coffee" said Hatfield. 

The staff offer classes like coffee cupping. The morning crew headed over to Zion to learn more about the art of coffee.

"For customers who come in we want them to have the full experience of what we're experiencing behind the bar. So with the cupping classes, we want to teach customers how to identify different flavor profiles, aromatic profiles, and to go home and be able to do that at home basically" said Briana Rhoades, the manager at Zion. 

Rhoades sat down with the morning crew,to show us how to properly taste coffee. The first step is to smell the different types, and see what profiles they have- like fruity or nutty. 

"Then we are going to literally break the crest, so when we do that we're going to be smelling it also and then we're gonna scoop away all of (the grounds) and then literally what you're getting left with is just pure coffee" said Rhoades. 

When it's time to taste the coffee, Rhoades said the louder the slurp, the better the taste.

"You know the slurping, the finding the taste notes, I mean all of those things are very individual things" said Hatfield. 

They offer other coffee classes too, like learning latte art.

"It's really just inviting people into the process and taking away the mystery of coffee" said Hatfield.
 


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