Six-time gold-medal-winning espresso master Brian Turko Shares secrets in the Milano Master Class Series. I had an opportunity to partake in a preview of his Aroma class recently with Brian who is one of the most passionate people I know in coffee.
The curriculum for each class will vary and build on knowledge from the class prior. Students may attend one class or the entire series. A discount will be offered for group and repeat bookings. During each class students will have the opportunity to taste four ultra-premium single origin coffees, plus three Milano Master Reserve Espressos, and will explore the characteristics, flavor profiles and process of blending a balanced espresso. Everyone will leave with a special gift from Milano.
The 1st coffee I tasted was a Sidama (Ethiopia) learning how to smell from the nose before tasting and swirling the coffee.
Since 2012, Vancouver’s own Milano Coffee has received world-wide recognition from the birthplace of espresso. Italy’s International Institute of Coffee Tasters has awarded Milano Coffee six gold medals for best espresso within three years.
The 2nd coffee was the Sumatra (Indonesia )
It’s the high bean count espresso blends that set Milano apart. Talent like Turko’s is a rarity. It can take up to 1500 different combinations and 20,000 tastes, over three years to masterfully balance and harmonize up to 14 amazing single varietals to create a perfectly balanced espresso.
I then tasted 3 espressos, the first one with no sugar and the following two with sugar.
1st espresso Miscella Royale
2nd espresso Velvet
3rd espresso Butter
Vancouver’s world-renowned Milano Coffee is spilling the beans on its espresso blending and coffee roasting secrets. In the Milano Master Class series, six-time gold-medal winning espresso master, Brian Turko, will share his unparalleled passion and knowledge with guests during this spring summer tasting series. Classes take place on the last Saturday of the month from 1 to 3pm, beginning on May 30 and running through July 25. Campus is located at Milano Coffee’s original café and roasting facility, 156 West 8th Avenue in Vancouver; tuition is $100 per person. Space is limited to eight people per class and reservations may be made by phoning 604.879.4468.
By: Richard Wolak