Curating a crowd-sourced frozen archive of coffees to share with the coffee-curious.
❄️Events | Tasting | Community ❄️
what is Manchester coffee Archive? 💾
At its core, Manchester Coffee Archive is a crowd-sourced repository of high-quality coffees, vacuum-sealed and frozen to preserve their best qualities. By preserving the collection in this way, we can almost halt the ageing process, allowing us to share curated selections of coffees at any time - independently of how long ago the coffee was produced or roasted. Rooted in our communal curiosity and desire to share, the MCA’s objectives are to provide shared knowledge and experiences around coffee, as well as opportunities to learn, taste and discover great coffees.
With your help, this growing body of carefully catalogued coffees brings to life a whole host of interesting possibilities, from delicious side-by-side tastings and public events, to research projects aimed at specific areas of interest within the coffee community.
COFfee tasting events 🥄
We share the coffee archive with the local community by hosting coffee cup tasting events for anyone who is interested in participating. If you haven’t been to a coffee cup tasting (or “cupping”) event before, don’t worry: Manchester Coffee Archive events are inclusive of all levels of coffee knowledge and experience.
how can i get involved? 👐
You can get involved with Manchester Coffee Archive in all sorts of ways, and the most direct way to do so is by submitting a sample (15g or more) of distinctive single origin coffee, within 30 days of roast, which will be added to the Archive. You can share your coffees you are enjoying by post, drop your samples off in person, or bring them to the next event.
What happens at a coffee cup tasting?
At a coffee cup tasting - or “cupping” - a selection of coffees are brewed in small bowls, and participants take a spoon and take a little bit of each coffee to compare and enjoy them all side-by-side. If you haven’t done it before, it might sound weird, but It is a low-fuss way of tasting a large number of coffees side by side. Cupping is used in the coffee industry to assess the quality and grade of individual qualities, but MCA events are focussed on tasting for the love of tasting.
Do I need to know anything about coffee?
We welcome anyone who is interested in attending and participating in the tasting. There are no right answers; there is no test; we aim to provide a learning exchange inclusive to all levels of knowledge and the Archivists will happily answer any questions you may have along the way.
What kind of coffee can I contribute to Manchester Coffee Archive?
Any tasty single origin, whole bean coffee that you want to share with the coffee community. We would ask that you please submit your coffee sample within 30 days of roast, and as close to the roast date as possible. No blends please though: blends can be great for sure, but the aim of the events will be to focus on the individual characteristic of the coffees so don’t quite fit with the aim for the cup tasting events.
How much coffee do you need for each sample?
15g is plenty for use in one event so this is all we need. However, if you can submit more (30g or even multiples of 30g) it will allow us to use the coffee at multiple events in the future, which would be fantastic.
If I bring a coffee along to an event, can I put it out for the tasting on the day?
At some events we will provide an opportunity for Bring Your Own Coffee (BYOC) submissions, but check the event page and turn up on time if you want to get involved in this way. However, if you just want to submit your sample to the Archive on the day then please do.
I’m a coffee roaster/importer, how will I know when you use my awesome coffee?
All events will be shared via Instagram, so we’ll be sure to tag and credit all submissions featured at events. Or if you want to be there is person, let us know and we’ll give you a heads up when your coffee will be featured.
Can I bring my own cupping spoon?
Only if you want to look super-cool. 😎
See you soon!
The Archivists are:
Tom (@teaeff) — Mani (@manishot) — Amy (@amywatermelon)