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Cof­fee cup­ping is a prac­tice used by cof­fee buy­ers and roast­ers to taste and score cof­fees side by side. It’s also a great way to de­velop your palate and break down as­pects of the cof­fee’s taste. Sea­soned cup­pers as­sess body, sweet­ness, acid­ity and over­all flavour. is Proud Mary’s uber-cool en­gine AUNTY PEG’S room and cof­fee cel­lar door. This is where you can tour the work­ing roast­ery, pick up beans and brew gear and, at its ground-floor bar, taste all man­ner of black cof­fees in­clud­ing espres­sos, AeroPress, cold drip and even an ale-like brew made by steep­ing ul­tra-pre­mium Geisha beans in cold wa­ter. Free cup­ping ses­sions at 10.30am on Satur­days show­case staff favourites, and sea­sonal blends. To plunge in deeper, you can also book a barista boot camp through the Colling­wood Cof­fee Col­lege at Aunty Peg’s; aun­type­gs­ of­fers weekly public cup­pings SEVEN SEEDS at 9am on Tues­days on a walk-in ba­sis (no reser­va­tions) for up to 12 peo­ple. A $4 do­na­tion goes to­wards a char­ity called Women for Women in Africa. Each ses­sion is hosted by a Seven Seeds cof­fee roaster who runs through the cup­ping process; sev­ con­ducts public MAR­KET LANE COF­FEE cup­pings at the Prahran Mar­ket shop on Fri­days (1pm–1.45pm) for up to six peo­ple. It also of­fers roast­ing and es­presso and fil­ter cof­fee brew­ing classes; mar­ket­ runs classes in­clud­ing AXIL COF­FEE ROAST­ERS a farm to cup class, barista train­ing, latte art and brew­ing classes. ax­il­cof­ To go to the next level, take the $600 Sen­sory Mo­d­ule 1 course at LAB’s train­ing ST.ALI’S SEN­SORY fa­cil­ity in Port Mel­bourne. Here you’ll learn the ins and outs of cup­ping pro­to­col, and de­velop all your sen­sory and ol­fac­tory skills; sen­so­ry­

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Perus­ing the menu at Aunty Peg’s; Drink to the sound of vinyl; Aunty Peg’s has a laid-back , homely feel; The baris­tas here will teach you to de­velop your cof­fee palate; The city is teem­ing with great cof­fee shops; Pick up a bag of fresh beans from Proud Mary; A quiet nook at Aunty Peg’s. OPPOSITE: Pour the per­fect cof­fee at Aunty Peg’s... with some help.

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