Posted by Tasha on September 21st, 2009 in Uncategorized
Last Wednesday I was treated to one of the most exciting, most sensuous, strangest experiences ever: A personal coffee cupping at Topeca Coffee, Tulsa’s only seed-to-cup coffee company.
Though I love Topeca for its coffee, its cafe and its indie-ness (yes, it’s Monday and I’m making up words), what I love most about it is its accessibility. It’s great for me as a reporter, and it’s especially cool when I go into the cafe as nothing more than a curious consumer, wanting to know how one bean can, just through differences processing and roasting, taste like mowed hay in one cup and chocolate and blueberries in another or why the barista has to bang steamed milk against the counter, like, a million times before he can pour quality latte art.
Coffee, my friends, is fascinating.
My cup and my rabid ADD were satisfied at Topeca, though. Thanks to the three Johns (there’s the roaster, John Cunningham, the owner, John Gaberino, and the barista, John Schaeffer – crazy, no?) for my first-ever cupping. It rocked.
Topeca doesn’t want to be nice to me and me only, though I totally wouldn’t put up a fight if that’s what they really wanted, which it most definitely is not.
Turn in your story by tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 10am and I’ll have the winner picked by coffee time. Until then, happy slurping, y’all.
P.S. – Next time you’re at Fifth and Cheyenne, duck in to Cafe Topeca for the Nutella Crepe. It will open your mind to all kinds of prepossessing possibilities.