Gaiwan tea brewing fundamentals
Dec
15
1:30 PM13:30

Gaiwan tea brewing fundamentals

Tickets: $20 (pay at class)
Duration: 1 hour

Want to learn how to make amazing loose tea at home? We are offering a class to introduce the Eastern style of tea brewing using one of the best tools, the gaiwan. You've seen one before, you just may not remember it. Think back to those campy kung fu movies with the bad voice-overs and there is the old sifu sitting down sipping his tea while his student gets the tar beat out of him. He is sipping his tea from a gaiwan. A traditional lidded cup that has been used for tea brewing for centuries.

The gaiwan is excellent for green and oolong teas but can work well for all types of tea that are derived from the Camellia Sinensis plant (not herbal teas). The gaiwan is a small vessel that is meant to hold a large quantity of tea leaves that are steeped multiple times to bring out layers of flavor and aroma in high quality teas.

Your ticket ($20) includes:
1. One porcelain gaiwan
2. Gaiwan brewing guide
3. You will also be able to purchase loose tea by the ounce from our selection.

The class size is capped at 8 people so that everyone gets hands-on experience with their gaiwan. Class will be taught by Bryan Hibbard, owner of Fort Bend Coffee Roasters and a long-time tea lover.

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Pour-over coffee brewing fundamentals
Dec
15
3:00 PM15:00

Pour-over coffee brewing fundamentals

Tickets: $20 (pay at class)
Duration: 1 hour

Want to learn how to brew better coffee at home? Come join roastmaster Bryan Hibbard at Fort Bend Coffee Roasters to learn the finer points of manual coffee brewing using a pour-over device. This is a great way to make a single cup of coffee that allows you to control all the variables in the brewing process. The ticket price ($20) includes a bag of FBCR coffee and a brewing guide. Pour-over devices and filters will also be available for purchase.

The class size is capped at 8 people so that everyone can get hands-on experience making a pour over.

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Introduction to loose tea
Jan
5
1:30 PM13:30

Introduction to loose tea

Tickets: $15 (pay at class)
Duration: 1 hour

Explore the finer points of brewing a wide variety of teas produced from the Camillia Sinensis plant. In this class we will explore green, oolong, black, and pu er tea. We will taste a sample of each type and discuss proper brewing methods using the western style. Your class fee ($15) includes a tin of loose tea to take home and practice with. We will also have Rishi Simple Brew devices available for purchase (these are the tea brewers that we use in our shop).

Class size is capped at 10 people. The program will be taught by roastmaster Bryan Hibbard, owner of Fort Bend Coffee Roasters and a long-time tea lover.

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Intro to coffee cupping: A comparative tasting of FBCR coffees
Jan
5
3:00 PM15:00

Intro to coffee cupping: A comparative tasting of FBCR coffees

Tickets: $20 (pay at class)
Duration: 1 hour

The best way to get better at tasting coffee is to compare them side-by-side. In this class we present the coffee industry’s method for evaluating coffee quality. We will cup 8-10 coffees and discuss the differences in flavor, acidity, body, and sweetness. This will help you evaluate the wide range of flavors in coffee as well as help you figure out what coffee flavors you like best. A guide will be provided so that you can cup coffees at home.

The ticket price also includes two 6-oz bags of FBCR coffee. I will select two contrasting coffees to help reinforce what you have learned in the class.

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Tea 102: Green Tea
Jan
19
1:30 PM13:30

Tea 102: Green Tea

Tickets: $15 (pay at class)
Duration: 1 hour

Green tea at its best is light and vegetal and presents the essence of a freshly plucked tea bud. In this class we will explore four Chinese and Japanese style green teas. We will also discuss brewing techniques using both the Western and Eastern style of tea brewing.

Ticket price includes a tin of loose green tea to enjoy at home. We will also have a variety of tea brewing devices available for purchase.

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French Press brewing basics
Jan
19
3:00 PM15:00

French Press brewing basics

Tickets: $20 (pay at class)
Duration: 1 hour

The French Press is a full-immersion brewing device that has stood the test of time. It is a more forgiving method than pour-over and is a great option for those exploring the world of manual coffee brewing. In this class we will discuss the basics of coffee brewing and then explore two different brewing recipes using the French Press. We will also discuss some of the other uses for a French Press, such as cold brew coffee and tea.

Ticket price includes a bag of FBCR coffee, and a French Press brewing guide. Bodum French Presses will also be available for purchase if you don’t have your own French Press yet.

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Tea 102: Oolong tea
Feb
2
1:30 PM13:30

Tea 102: Oolong tea

Tickets: $20 (pay at class)
Duration: 1 hour

Oolong tea is between a green and black tea in terms of oxidation. These teas are often complex, intensely aromatic and take a great deal of care to produce as well as to brew. We will also discuss brewing techniques using both the Western and Eastern style of tea brewing with an emphasis on Eastern-style brewing as this is the best way to bring out the layers of flavor inherent in a great Oolong tea

Ticket price includes a tin of loose oolong tea to enjoy at home. We will also have a variety of tea brewing devices available for purchase.

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Espresso Basics
Feb
2
3:00 PM15:00

Espresso Basics

Tickets: $20 (pay at class)
Duration: 1 hour

Want to learn how to pull great shots of espresso at home? Join veteran barista Sergio Garcia as he teaches the finer points of grind, dose, time, and yield; the four elements of a perfect shot. The focus of the class will be on dialing in espresso and understanding how variables change the flavor of espresso. This class is for those who own (or plan to own) a home espresso machine.

Ticket price includes a bag of FBCR coffee, and an espresso guide. This class will not cover milk steaming, but we will offer this class in the future if there is interest.

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Introduction to loose tea
Feb
16
1:30 PM13:30

Introduction to loose tea

Tickets: $15 (pay at class)
Duration: 1 hour

Explore the finer points of brewing a wide variety of teas produced from the Camillia Sinensis plant. In this class we will explore green, oolong, black, and pu er tea. We will taste a sample of each type and discuss proper brewing methods using the western style. Your class fee ($15) includes a tin of loose tea to take home and practice with. We will also have Rishi Simple Brew devices available for purchase (these are the tea brewers that we use in our shop).

Class size is capped at 10 people. The program will be taught by roastmaster Bryan Hibbard, owner of Fort Bend Coffee Roasters and a long-time tea lover.

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Intro to coffee cupping: A comparative tasting of FBCR coffees
Feb
16
3:00 PM15:00

Intro to coffee cupping: A comparative tasting of FBCR coffees

Tickets: $20 (pay at class)
Duration: 1 hour

The best way to get better at tasting coffee is to compare them side-by-side. In this class we present the coffee industry’s method for evaluating coffee quality. We will cup 8-10 coffees and discuss the differences in flavor, acidity, body, and sweetness. This will help you evaluate the wide range of flavors in coffee as well as help you figure out what coffee flavors you like best. A guide will be provided so that you can cup coffees at home.

The ticket price also includes two 6-oz bags of FBCR coffee. I will select two contrasting coffees to help reinforce what you have learned in the class.

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Add some spice to your coffee: Natural methods for flavoring coffee
Dec
1
3:00 PM15:00

Add some spice to your coffee: Natural methods for flavoring coffee

Tickets: $20
Duration: 1 hour

Flavored coffee is artificial, but there are natural ways to flavor your coffee that can enhance the complexity without destroying the delectate flavor balance found in our beans. In this class we explore a variety of methods you can use at home to spice up your coffee, including:

1.       Making your own flavored syrup

2.       Adding spices during and after brewing

3.       Making your own chocolate sauce

Ticket price ($20) includes a bag of our Holiday Blend and a list of basic recipes. Class size is capped at 10 people.

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Introduction to loose tea
Dec
1
1:30 PM13:30

Introduction to loose tea

Tickets: $15 (pay at class)
Class duration: 1 hour

Explore the finer points of brewing a wide variety of teas produced from the Camillia Sinensis plant. In this class we will explore green, oolong, black, and pu er tea. We will taste a sample of each type and discuss proper brewing methods using the western style. Your class fee ($15) includes a tin of loose tea to take home and practice with. We will also have Rishi Simple Brew devices available for purchase (these are the tea brewers that we use in our shop).

Class size is capped at 10 people. The program will be taught by roastmaster Bryan Hibbard, owner of Fort Bend Coffee Roasters and a long-time tea lover.

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