• Function Coffee Labs (map)
  • 1001 South 10th Street
  • Philadelphia, PA, 19147
  • United States

It's always fun and informative to taste coffees side-by-side, but it's almost always extremely difficult to tell what it is about the coffees that makes you prefer one over another. They are typically from different countries, with different soils, grown at different altitudes, grown under different climate conditions, are different varietals, were processed differently...the list goes on! So, when you decide you like coffee X better than coffee Y, it's difficult for us to understand which factor is driving the flavor difference, and therefore our preferences.


Join us on Monday, March 5 at 7pm for an evening of delicious and intriguing tasting. We are featuring three pairings that are particularly interesting:


1) El Salvador Los Andes Bourbon and El Salvador Los Andes SL28. Every factor that affects cup flavor profile is the same except for varietal. These happen to be two of the most highly-regarded varietals in coffee, so both are delicious, but they are very different!


2) Kenya Kamwangi AA and Kenya Kamwangi AB. Every factor that affects cup flavor profile is the same except for the screen size (how big the beans are). It is often stated that bigger beans give better flavor, but that isn't necessarily true.


3) Kenya Kamwangi AB and El Salvador Los Andes SL28. Every factor that affects cup flavor profile is DIFFERENT EXCEPT for varietal and altitude. Both are the SL28 varietal (Kamwangi has some SL34, K7, and Ruiri 11 mixed in), so in this pairing, you'll taste how country, climate, weather, and soil affect flavor.


We will also have another surprise pairing that you're sure to enjoy.