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Posted: January 29, 2013

Better your bean: Feb coffee education & sampling

Written by: Shannon Bryan - mainetoday.com editor - sbryan@mainetoday.com

Coffee By Design Celebrates Specialty Coffee Month
with Weekly Educational Samplings

PORTLAND, Maine –Coffee By Design will be celebrating Specialty Coffee Month – February – with weekly educational samplings of its coffees every Friday at its four coffeehouses. The samplings will focus on a different theme each week:

Week 1: February 1-7 – It’s All About a Better Bean
Week 2: February 8-14 – Roasting to Perfection
Week 3: February 15-21 – Blending Options
Week 4: February 22-28 – Methods of Brewing

Coffee By Design’s free February samplings will take place each Friday at its India Street location from noon to 2:00 p.m., at its Washington Avenue location from noon to 3:00 p.m., at its Congress Street location from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and in Freeport at its L.L. Bean location from noon to 2:00 p.m.

In addition, Coffee By Design will be holding its fifth annual Staff Blending Competition as part of the Specialty Coffee Month celebrations. Eleven teams, made up of one employee from retail and one from the roastery, will create blends and present them through the ideal brewing method for that blend. Customers can sample and vote on all of the teams’ blends at the Washington Avenue location on February 22 from noon-3:00 p.m. Customers can then sample and vote on the three finalists at any of Coffee By Design’s four coffee houses on February 26 from noon-3:00 p.m. The winning team’s coffee will be available for sale throughout the month of March.

Coffee By Design will also be hosting a sampling station as part of Specialty Coffee Month at the Flavors of Freeport Chef’s Signature Event at the Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom on February 15.

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