The Cupper's Kit is a great gift for beginners and advanced tasters alike. We created this kit to answer one of our most frequently asked questions:
Which spoon is best for cupping?
To be honest, most cuppers use 3 spoons for the most ease and efficiency. The Cupper's Kit contains the 3 spoons you need to get started: 2 Big Dippers & 1 Little Dipper.
💕Want more detail? You bet. Most cuppers have multiple styles of cupping spoons. This is because we need at least 2 styles to most easily and efficiently perform all cupping functions. What are those cupping functions?
1. Breaking. During the cupping process, an aromatic crust of coffee grounds forms on the surface of the cupping bowl. After four minutes, you can break the crust with any style of cupping spoon - Big or Little Dipper.
2. Skimming. After you break the crust, you need to use two Big Dippers to skim the remaining bits of foam and coffee particles from the surface of the bowl. Little Dippers aren’t great for this. A single spoon won’t do the trick either. It takes two Big Dippers.
3. Slurping. This is when you dip a cupping spoon into the coffee, then slurp directly from the spoon. You can use either style for slurping, and I personally prefer Little Dippers. The deeper bowl means less spillage and many find it’s easier to slurp from. The Little Dipper is the slurping and tasting spoon of choice for coffee and food professionals alike.
💕Please read the notes below for info on sliding scale, shipping, materials & dimensions, and more.
🧮 SLIDING SCALE: Everything on our webshop is priced on a sliding scale. Just choose the price that is comfortable for you. Our goal is to make each item as accessible as possible, to folks from all different backgrounds. It works because the community observes the honor system: those who are able to pay more make it possible for others with less resources to pay less.
📦 SHIPPING: We ship to US & Canada only. HOWEVER, many of our stockists ship internationally, including several who ship to literally every country. Our stockist list is here, with shipping info + direct links to buy:
Every order is hand-packed with care in Kansas City, MO. We ship out orders 1-3 times per week.
📏 MATERIALS & DIMENSIONS: Umeshiso carries two styles of cupping spoon: the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper. Umeshiso spoons are made of stainless steel with a titanium anodized coating. They are dishwasher safe.
The Big Dipper is longer and lighter weight with a wider, flatter bowl. It has dual functionality and works great for both skimming and slurping.
The Big Dipper Specs
Weight: 44 - 46g
Handle Length: 5.5 in / 14 cm
Bowl Diameter: 2 in / 5 cm
Bowl Depth: 0.25 in / 0.6 cm
The Little Dipper is shorter, with a heavier weight and deeper bowl. It's great for long-haul cupping tables because the deeper bowl prevents spillage.
The Little Dipper Specs
Weight: 56 - 58g
Handle Length: 4.5 in / 11.5 cm
Bowl Diameter: 1.9 in / 4.8 cm
Bowl Depth: 0.5 in / 1.1 cm
🤔 WHAT IS CUPPING?
What is cupping? It’s a way to evaluate coffee quality. Cupping is favored by coffee professionals because it’s an easy way to taste multiple coffees at once. But anyone can do it!
If you’d like to cup at home, you just need one or more coffees, a cupping spoon, and a few uniform-size cups in the 6- to 8-oz range.
Add 12 grams of ground coffee to each cup and pour hot water directly onto the grounds, filling the cup all the way to the top. An aromatic crust of coffee grounds will form on the surface. After four minutes, break the crusts with a cupping spoon. Then use the cupping spoon to dip into the coffee, which you slurp from the spoon.
It sounds totally weird but - well, yes it is totally weird. But fun! If you have never cupped before, we recommend checking out an online article or video tutorial - luckily there are tons! Just do a google search for "how to cup coffee".
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