Be Your Own Coffee & Wine Judge

You may not think your morning brew and evening tipple have anything in common (aside from the fact that people are fanatical about them!) but Ben Ryder and Steph Elyles Rhône Girl of Beechworth are here to show you beauty in symmetry with both coffee and wine…

Ben owns Blynzz Coffee Roasters in Beechworth. He roasts 100 percent Arabica beans sourced from all over the globe, produces around 20 single origins and blends at any given time and even judges coffee shows. Not bad for a guy who didn’t have his first coffee until he was 42!

Steph has worked in wine for an unfathomable portion of her life, having grown up in the family wine business and later bouncing between vineyards in Australia and France. Her passion is ‘starting from the start’ – learning and understanding where grapes come from to better appreciate (and help others appreciate) a beautiful wine.

Together, they’re going to take you on a virtual journey, learning the intricacies of preparing, tasting and judging coffee and wine. You’ll cover everything from what part of your mouth picks up sweetness vs bitterness to how to use an aroma wheel.
Most importantly, you’ll learn to fully appreciate your favourite beverages!

What's included:

  • Aribaca beans – Smooth Criminal 250g
  • Coffee sample (ground) 8.5g
  • Fighting Gully Road 2018 Sangiovese
  • Prep instructions/ about us
  • Aroma wheel, tasting scorecard (coffee and wine)

What you need to supply:

  • Soup spoon
  • Coffee cup
  • Measuring jug
  • Wine glass
  • Blank sheet of paper
  • Palate neutraliser: water, bread or dry almonds

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Important information about the event

  • Sessions run for 60 minutes
  • Your hosts will be Ben Ryder and Steph Elyles

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