Wednesday, March 31, 2010

3D Tours: Chazzano Coffee Roasters

Did you know that coffee has 1500 unique flavor profiles? Neither did we, until we discovered Chazzano!

The next tasting tour from Discover Detroit Dining (3D Tours) will take you around the world to discover how coffee is much like a fine wine. Fresh-roasted coffee can have notes of blueberry, cherry, wine, tobacco, apricot, almond, caramel, squash, coconut, fresh-cut flowers…and some 1500 other things, give or take! (That’s twice as many as wine, which only has 750 flavor profiles.)

On Wednesday, April 7, 2010 from 6:00-8:00PM, we’ll be “cupping” (a roaster’s term for “tasting”) coffee alongside the talented and knowledgeable Frank Lanzkron-Tamarazo, roaster and owner of Chazzano Coffee Roasters at 1737 E. 9 Mile Rd. in Ferndale.

On an unassuming corner of 9 Mile Rd. and the I-75 service entrance sits the nondescript building which houses Chazzano Coffee Roasters. Outside it looks drab, but inside is a fresh, modern meeting place with free WiFi and some of the best coffee in the state. This new retail storefront has been open fewer than six months, but Chazzano has been supplying local businesses such as Bacco Ristorante in Southfield and What Crepe? in Royal Oak with their wholesale coffee since 2007.

Frank will be taking us on a tour of his facilities as well as sharing some of his extensive knowledge of the art of roasting, brewing, and cupping. And he should know: he roasts about 8-12 thousand pounds of coffee beans every month! His coffee is also certified Kosher by the highest authorities and is all sourced from Certified Fair Trade, organic farms. We will discuss how the coffee transforms from the raw bean to the cup in front of you by tasting four different 5-oz. cups from South America, India, Africa, and more.

By the end of this event, you should be able to identify more than just the 2 or 3 (out of 1500!!!) flavor profiles most people can detect, as well as possess the language to describe them!

This event will cost $12.00 per person for the tour, cupping, and all the coffee you can drink. Purchase tickets online through the Discover Detroit Dining website by Tuesday, April 6. This event has limited capacity so get your tickets fast! We will be meeting at Chazzano at 6:00PM sharp; guests are responsible for their own transportation.

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