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Aeri
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Posted Sun Jul 29, 2012, 1:13am
Subject: Should i buy aroma sample vials if i wanna learn cupping?
 

Hey

I am a beginner in cupping and thinking if aroma sample vials would help in learning
I have glanced through the brand sold in SCAA web, which got a 36 vials for cafe and 54  vials for wine
But it's so costly.....
I am wondering
a) if they really worth spending on...? and
b) will the 54 vials be better bargain or 36 is more coffee specific so i should opt for latter?

Many thanks :)
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Posted Sun Jul 29, 2012, 5:23am
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Aeri Said:

Hey

I am a beginner in cupping and thinking if aroma sample vials would help in learning...

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From my experience, I would encourage you to find a group of fellow coffee fanatics and learn to cup together.  The vials would be your last step, not your first.  Save your money and buy excellent coffee rather than esoteric aromas.

Group cupping offers so much more in building on one another's knowledge.  The dialogue is instructive to all. Find some excellent coffees and go at it with a group.  Good luck!

 
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Posted Sun Jul 29, 2012, 5:09pm
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What Dave said. The vials are for honing in on very very specific smells, not for getting started in cupping, and there are many skilled cuppers who have never used them at all. Those skills come from experience and practice.
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