THE COFFEE TOURS
Specialty coffee is booming in Brussels, with the emergence of new coffee shops and initiatives like the Brussels Coffee Week, but also thanks to the implementation of quality beans in more and more HoReCa places, grocery stores etc. However, specialty coffee is still far too unknown. Now is the time to explore what the capital city of Europe has to offer.
These caffeinated explorations of the city are unusual, fun as they are highly informative, and match a complete coffee basics course, with an extra sprinkle of fun and walking.
The Brussels Coffee Tours are for everyone, with a focus on the consumer/coffee lover experience to better understand your favorite beverage!
It is also suitable for HoReCa professionals who are often still unaware of what specialty coffee is, helping them to understand the poor relation of their sector but also to better understand the customer experience related to coffee.
I'm here to help and hope to bridge the gap between the amateurs and the professionals. No prerequisites are necessary for this tour.
The goal of the Brussels Coffee Tours is to discover innovative places when it comes to specialty coffee, but also to discover and understand how to consume/taste coffee based on objective quality criteria.
Understanding the production chain from field to cup, the difference between specialty and commodity coffee, and learning how to better buy coffee are also central to the objectives of the Coffee Tours.
ESPRESSO EXTRAVAGANZA, AN EDUCATIONAL TOUR! - UPTOWN TRINITÉ EDITION
During the - ESPRESSO EXTRAVAGANZA TOUR - , we will exclusively drink espressos. Espressos prepared in different innovative places, by different baristas, with beans of different origins and fermentation. Espresso will no longer hold any secrets for you, and you will finally be able to tell the difference in taste because you will be accompanied to learn how to properly evaluate your favorite drink, all at our expense. You don't pay extra for your coffees.
During this UPTOWN TRINITÉ edition, we will visit 4 to 5 locations in the upper Saint-Gilles area.
We will bring awareness to you on the craft of BARISTA, mastering the theory of extraction but also hospitality service, and will discuss various topics such as: differences in philosophies and new waves, fermentations, consumption habits, taste, quality, specialty coffee - with a case study of commodity/specialty transition in Sicily! -, labels, roasting styles etc... but also the information to decipher on coffee bags in order to buy better and thwart global marketing.
Don't worry about the level of caffeine in this tour because in the end, we only drink Arabica, twice as low in caffeine as Robusta.
GOOD TO KNOW
The tours always take place outdoors.
We walk from one place to another and have a look at the places, but the groups being large compared to the capacity of the places, we do not consume sitting inside.
It is best to bring comfortable shoes, WARM clothes in winter (better too many layers than not enough!!) and an umbrella in case of rain. Water is always recommended as well. Mask and gel in Covid times.
Have breakfast beforehand because we don't have time to eat during the tours.
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Thomas Wyngaard is the founder of OK Coffee and one of the few Specialty Coffee experts in French-speaking Belgium. He is an independent consultant, teacher (certified by the Specialty Coffee Association from January 2018 to April 2021), tour-ist and broadcaster. After training in France, Poland and Estonia, he worked with the best in Belgium, and then migrated for almost 2 years to New York where he served as a consultant and trainer. In addition to training in the coffee business, he collaborates with Belgian roasters committed to the recognition of specialty coffee, working towards a better world "one bean at a time".
ESPRESSO EXTRAVAGANZA Coffee Tour - Uptown Trinité
Location: Vleurgat > Ma Campagne, 1060 Saint-Gilles