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Zoom Your Way to a Coffee Education

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Learning about coffee brewing with Zoom.

Find out now how you can use Zoom to learn about all those coffee brewing techniques, tricks of the trade, science, history and tradecraft behind making great coffee.

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COVID-19 social distancing has changed our lives and how we do many things. Much of which is still unknown and a work in progress. Nowhere is this more evident as many Americans wait to find out how education institutions are going to meet the challenges of ensuring safe learning and meet the needs of the individual student this fall.

Thus far, online learning has at least temporarily replaced classroom learning. And Zoom has filled the gap between students and teachers as a communications platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars, social gathering and learning.

But, there is another interesting change in how we live and how we do things due to COVID-19—how we find ways to fill in our free time while social distancing from home. And once again, Zoom provides the answer through online learning on what interests us personally rather than academically.

This occurred to me recently from a news bit provided by Roast magazine that discusses how the Bellingham, Washington-based Camber Coffee, has been operating a Zoom-based “Summer School” for coffee lovers. The purpose of this summer school is to provide instruction to coffee drinkers and amateur brewers who are interested in learning more about the craft and how they can apply what they’ve learned in their own kitchens.

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As reported by Nick Brown for Roast magazine:

“So far, our target audience has been home coffee enthusiasts — folks who may have learned some home brewing techniques, but have never had a glimpse ‘behind the curtain’ into cupping, QC, green coffee processing,” Camber Coffee Co-Founder David Yake recently told Daily Coffee News. “We kept our first couple of classes fairly introductory, but we have more in-depth palate development courses planned.”

Registration is done online requiring a small fee for the classroom time instruction. Additional costs of specific coffees that are part of instruction to supplement the online with practical experience in your home, are shipped before the scheduled Zoom instruction. However, in at least some cases, you can pay only the classroom fee without the added cost of instruction-related materials.

Unfortunately, at time of this writing, it is too late to register for their latest class offering on Sunday July 26th covering iced coffee. Also, unfortunately, their website does not appear to have a sign-up schedule for future classes as of yet. If you are interested, you can sign-up for their newsletter and/or contact them through their website email for any information on the class type and scheduling for their next Zoom session.

However, the good news is that as it turns out, Camber Coffee is not the only coffee business offering Zoom-based lessons and classes.

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A quick search online reveals that online education centers are available through other coffee businesses offering similar coffee-related instruction. Some are Zoom-based, some are archived webinars, and some are a combination of both. The level of instruction ranges from how-to pour an artistic design on your latte foam to how-to operate your own coffee business.

A small sample of examples of sites to peruse, are listed and linked below:

Little waves Coffee Roasters

Boot Coffee Campus

Methodical Coffee

Clive Coffee, Coffee School

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Timothy Boyer has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona. For 20+ years he has been employed as a freelance health and science writer. Timothy continues writing about science with a focus on the connection between coffee and healthy living. For continual updates about the benefits of coffee on your health, you can also follow Timothy on Twitter at TimBoyerWrites.

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Reference: “Camber Coffee Sends Coffee Drinkers to Summer School” by Nick Brown for Roast magazine July 22, 2020.