Is Bitter Better?

  • October 16, 2015
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

James Hoffmann (Square Mile) and Professor David Berman (Trinity College) going head to head on the notions that we have towards coffee today. Chaired by Colin Harmon (3FE).

With the rise of Speciality Coffee in Ireland some coffee lovers have been left with a bitter taste in their mouth (get it?!). Dark roasted espresso blends with distinct “coffee” flavours have been replaced with lighter roasts, single origins and microlots in our cafes and restaurants, and although many have embraced these changes, some still yearn for those dark, bitter coffees.

Tonight we prepare to have it out once and for all! After all, who are we to judge?

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The idea for this debate raised its head after an Irish Times article featuring Prof. David Berman made some quite polarising points – “Is bitter better? The philosopher’s coffee quest“. His own views and findings are expanded upon in his book “The Philosophy of Coffee Tasting” and on his blog.

James Hoffmann is head of Square Mile Coffee Roasters,  who are often thought of as bringing speciality coffee to London and beyond, inspiring many roasters and baristas to follow suit. Most recently Hoffman penned his own book, The World Atlas of Coffee, covering all aspects of coffee from the farm to your cup.

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This is a free event but if you would like to contribute to The Series a donation of €2 (or whatever you feel) would be much appreciated.

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