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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Learning More about Coffee with Conlins Coffee Company

Eric Lim, Q Grader, Conlins Coffee Company, The Coffee Laboratory, Alessi Cebu, Bluenotes Coffee, Artisans Coffee, Sweet Serenity

Ever since I tried the Siphon Coffee at Ironbound and the V60 Kalinga Coffee at Boots Coffee Bar, I have been wanting to learn more about the wonderful world coffee. I really enjoy talking to baristas and ask them about their coffee. Recently, I had a massive dose of coffee when I had an encounter with Eric Lim, the COO of Conlins Coffee Company and a certified Q grader.

Eric Lim, Q Grader, Conlins Coffee Company, The Coffee Laboratory, Alessi Cebu, Bluenotes Coffee, Artisans Coffee, Sweet Serenity

What is a Q grader? A Q grader is someone who is licensed and certified by the Coffee Quality Institute based in California. Q graders are experts in tasting, cupping, and evaluating Arabica coffee. To become a Q grader, one must pass a strict 3-day exam that covers several subjects about coffee that includes identifying different coffee roasts, cupping, sensory skills, and sensory triangulation. Eric Lim is just one of the handful Q Graders in the country.


An afternoon with him was a valuable experience for me. There were so many things that I learned that day like Arabica has less caffeine than Robusta. I also learned about the different coffee roasts and I got reintroduced to some unique brewing methods.  I also learned about fragrance, aroma, and acidity.  I was able to sample delicious coffee using different brewing methods. It was indeed an awesome afternoon of learning. 

Conlins Coffee Company sells some of the best premium coffees in the market.   They are the first ISO-certified coffee company in the country.  They are very passionate coffee that they want to make sure that the coffee variants that they offer have consistent quality. 

Conlins Coffee Company Products

Also on that afternoon, Conlins introduced their 3 product variants: Bluenotes, Artisans, and Serenity.  
Eric Lim, Q Grader, Conlins Coffee Company, The Coffee Laboratory, Alessi Cebu, Bluenotes Coffee, Artisans Coffee, Sweet Serenity

Bluenotes Coffee

Bluenotes Coffee offers 100% single-origin Arabica Beans.  Each origin has a different characteristic.  Coffees in Southeast Asia like the Philippines is earthy while coffee from Africa is fruity. Bluenotes have several variants that will take to a coffee adventure around the world. They have coffee from Ethiopia, Panama, Sri Lanka, Brazil, and even our very own Benguet coffee.

Eric Lim, Q Grader, Conlins Coffee Company, The Coffee Laboratory, Alessi Cebu, Bluenotes Coffee, Artisans Coffee, Sweet Serenity

Artisans

The Artisans brand is about mixing coffee from different regions to make a blend perfect that can lead to that perfect cup of coffee. Crafting that unique blend that melds the different taste, aromas and characteristics of coffees from the different parts of the world is an art and a science.

Eric Lim, Q Grader, Conlins Coffee Company, The Coffee Laboratory, Alessi Cebu, Bluenotes Coffee, Artisans Coffee, Sweet Serenity

Serenity


Serenity Syrups are used to enhance the coffee experience. It is used to elevate coffee to another level. It adds a unique flavor to your cup like an almond latte. 

Eric Lim, Q Grader, Conlins Coffee Company, The Coffee Laboratory, Alessi Cebu, Bluenotes Coffee, Artisans Coffee, Sweet Serenity


The whole afternoon was an eye-opening experience. While the information was fascinating for me, I know that most of the people who frequent to cafes really do not care much about the quality of coffee that they drink.  They do not care how tedious the process is before coffee ends up in our styro cups.  For most of my generation, coffee is instant coffee. It is that bitter powder that grown-ups drink. For the younger generation, coffee could be expensive frappes or cheap 3 in 1s. Specialty coffee is kinda foreign to most of us. People like Sir Eric are  fighting an uphill battle on changing perceptions.   It is tough but it could be way worth it because the Philippines also grow a lot of coffee.  The improvement of quality will not only be beneficial to consumers and businessmen like Eric but also to hundreds coffee farmers in the country.
Eric Lim, Q Grader, Conlins Coffee Company, The Coffee Laboratory, Alessi Cebu, Bluenotes Coffee, Artisans Coffee, Sweet Serenity

Eric Lim, Q Grader, Conlins Coffee Company, The Coffee Laboratory, Alessi Cebu, Bluenotes Coffee, Artisans Coffee, Sweet Serenity

Eric Lim, Q Grader, Conlins Coffee Company, The Coffee Laboratory, Alessi Cebu, Bluenotes Coffee, Artisans Coffee, Sweet Serenity

Eric Lim, Q Grader, Conlins Coffee Company, The Coffee Laboratory, Alessi Cebu, Bluenotes Coffee, Artisans Coffee, Sweet Serenity

Eric Lim, Q Grader, Conlins Coffee Company, The Coffee Laboratory, Alessi Cebu, Bluenotes Coffee, Artisans Coffee, Sweet Serenity

You may check out the different Conlins Coffee Company products at The Coffee Laboratory inside Alessi Ayala Center Cebu at 2nd Level of the New Wing. For more information about the company, you may visit www.conlinscoffee.com. At Alessi, you will also find many coffee brewing products that are guaranteed to take your coffee curiosity to whole new level.  You can find some of the best espresso machines available in the market as well Siphon Coffee and V60 coffee makers.