Private Tasting Experience Events

The first time I tried “tasting coffee”, not just “drinking” coffee.  

I took a sip… I thought…really hard. ‘What am I tasting?’ It’s…It’s…  "Coffee." 

 I slumped back in my seat. Dang. I had always heard people talk about these ‘flavors’ they were finding in coffee. They were always very confident too - absolutely assured that this was the description of the coffee.  

I think that’s what made it so challenging (and intimidating) at the beginning. Everyone else who was able to taste these things, they seemed like they were on a completely different level above me, like they had some special ability I didn’t have.  

All I tasted was bitter and…well…coffee. You know that coffee taste.  

What I eventually discovered was that tasting coffee, when it comes down to it, is quite simple.  

If you hear someone express - "This tastes like lemons and chocolate! This tastes like raspberries! This tastes like blueberries! This tastes like roasted walnuts and cocoa! "  

These aren’t added flavors in the coffee. These are flavors which are a result of how the coffee is grown, processed, roasted, and brewed and can be brought out with the simple addition of water to the coffee - nothing else.  

So how do you discover them? 

Schedule your own interactive coffee tasting event and we'll introduce you to a simple process that will help you start to identify flavors that YOU can taste in coffee too! 

You will be one step closer to confidently drinking a coffee and saying ‘Oh, awesome, blueberries!’

No skills or special equipment required. 

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Book a Tasting Experience 
Your way

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Option

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In Person

Learn how to taste the different flavors found in coffee in the comfort of your own home or business. Invite customers, friends or coworkers for an interactive private coffee tasting experience! Once you place your order, we will contact you within 48 hours to schedule a date. In person events are available in the Sacramento region only.
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Virtual Leader 

Your guests gather in person at your home or office, and a Bean Hoppers professional will lead the tasting experience virtually. We will invite you with your guests to attend via zoom. The host orders all of the tasting kits and provides them to the guests at the time of the event. Once you place your order, we will contact you within 48 hours to schedule a date.
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All Virtual

Host a virtual tasting event.  You and all of your guests will join virtually from your own home, as a Bean Hoppers professional leads you in a tasting experience. We will schedule the event and invite you and your guests. The host orders all of the kits for the participants, and we ship them to each person individually. Shipping fees apply.
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Corporate Event

Customize your own tasting event. Plan large scale events for the entire company. We will adjust the time and details to what fits your group! You can choose full tasting experience, or do a quick fun cold brew workshop. Please inquire @ beanmaster@beanhoppers.com for a personalized quote.  

Basic Coffee Tasting Experience Kit   

  • A live professional event with industry expert, and founder of Bean Hoppers, Milinda Lane
  • Three coffee samples
  • A coffee terminology brochure
  • Informational flier about flavor attributes in foods
  • A professional coffee flavor wheel
  • Three coffee tasting / scoring cards
  • Event instructions customized for your group
  • A welcome introduction email to participants about the event
  • A Zoom meeting link 
  • Reminder and follow up emails
  •  A discount to our website  

The host provides: 

A few small food samples. Don't worry, you probably have most of them in your cabinet already! 

Hosting the event is EASY. The easy instructions will be emailed to you after you schedule your date. 

For in person events, the Bean Hoppers representative will brew coffee for you and provide all of the equipment. 

MINIMUM CLASS SIZE IS 5.

Class fees vary depending on number of participants.

Coffee Tasting Experience

Corporate Events

Book an event for your employees or a client appreciateion event! 

We can accommodate any size group in a virtual or in person team building event. Choose your event type!    

Times are aproximate and will be based on the desired components you choose for your event. We will custom build your event to fit your needs. 

The Coffee Tasting Experience focuses on identifying flavors in your coffee and is our base kit,. All of the listed items are included in the Manual Brewing Workshop.

The Manual Brewing Experiencewill teach your participants how to brew coffee using the popular pour-over brewing method. This workshop includes a Hario brewer kit, and can include other items like a grinder, scale or kettle depending on your needs.

The Exploring Cold Brew Workshop will teach participants how to make and enjoy cold brew coffee, and teach them how to make a unique drink recipe. It will include all of the hand made ingredients to make the recipe (except dairy) as well as a  mason jar mug to make it in! 

Prices will vary depening on the package you choose.

Minimum class size is 10 participants for all corporate events.

Please inquire at beanmaster@beanhoppers.com with your query and we'll get you a full customized quote.

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Steps to hosting your tasting event

Confirm a Date
Contact us by phone or email to schedule a date and discuss your event needs.
Order the Tasting Kits
We will create an invoice for your event for one tasting kit per participant/guest (including yourself).  Shipping charges apply to each address.
The host will be charged for all of the kits for the guests, and the guests can reimburse the host if you so choose. 
Provide samples
If you are hosting an in person / in office event, you will need to provide 4 simple food items (most items you probably already have at home). No cooking! Things like 1 apple, 1 orange, almonds, chocolate, you know....easy things! We'll send you the list along with the easy instructions. For virtual events, each person will gather these items. All food items are optional but do enhance the experience of the event.
Introduction to tasting coffee
We’ll introduce your guests to the tasting kit, discuss what the word "flavor" means, and walk you through the simple process and of identifying flavor, and in some cases, how to brew coffee with a pour over brewer.
Tasting the Coffee!
This is the fun and interactive part!  We will walk you through the simple process of learning to idenfify flavors and textures that are fresh in your memory and comparing them to the coffee you are tasting.

Don't worry, we have set up this experience to make this easy! You are sure to discover some interesting and enlightening new words to describe what you're tasting. You will be on your path to confidently describing flavors in no time. 

Testimonials

Look who's talking!

I enjoyed the coffee! And I thought that you made identifying the different elements very approachable. I liked how you made everyone feel that whatever they thought they were sensing was right. No wrong answers...that's a great way to get folks comfortable engaging.

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Linda West

Human Resources

The event was engaging, educational, and interactive. It was well-organized, easy to follow along, and the host was both pleasant and knowledgeable

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Renee Henderson

Designer

Milinda was an enthusiastic and fun host! This event was FUN to do virtually and felt like a step outside of the normal zoom-athon. I plan on referring friends and colleagues to BeanHoppers.

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Kyle Anderson

Programmer

It was very informative. I enjoyed learning about why some coffees have more of a bitter taste due to the burning outer portion of the coffee bean when it falls.

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Vincent Night

Engineer

It was well done and enjoyed the coffee - we are still talking about our favorites.

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Savannah Nguyen

Estimator

The information presented was just the right amount and not overwhelming. It struck the right balance and helped everyone feel comfortable and confident. I was so excited when I tasted oranges in my coffee!

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Jennifer Winchester

Office Administrator

I liked that it was focused on flavor instead of technical details about coffee or brewing. It made it feel more interactive and relaxing and I learned a lot through our conversations and questions.

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Bruce Adkins

Nurse Practitioner

Prices vary depending on event type

FAQ

How many guest can I invite?
As many as you want! But, for in home / in person events, we prefer a group to be under 20 guests for a more relaxing experience. If your event is all virtual we can host amany guests as you desire. Give us a call!
Shipping Charges
Shipping charges are the basic tasting kit range between $8.00 - $13.00 depending on your kit choice per address. As an in-person host, you will order all of the kits for your group and if they ship to ONE address, it's still only $8.00 total shipping costs.  
International shipping is available and we will charge you the actual shipping charges we pay. 

We will get the addresses from you the old fashioned way, through email and personal interaction! 
What do I need to provide for in person events?
If you're hosting an in-person event you will be asked to purchase a few simple food items. But don't worry, there is very little prep and cost. You may even have them already.
You will also need: electical outlets, cups, pens, paper and filtered water.

The Bean Hoppers professional will bring all of the brewing equipment necessary, and brew the coffee for you.
What do I need for a virtual event?
For virtual events, each participant purchase a few simple food items. These are optional but enhance the overall experience. But don't worry, there is very little prep and cost. You may even have them already.
They will need a brewing method, a way to measure coffee, a way to measure water, cups, pens paper and filtered water. We will send the rest of the items needed as well as the instructions and checklist.

*We send pre-ground coffee for most events for simplicity and efficiency. 
Why should I be the host?
As the host of the event, you will receive: 
* Our undying appreciation for welcoming us into your home or business.
* The love and admiration of everyone you invited because they will have such a fun time learning this valuable new skill! There's that.