Cupping and Skimming
There is a point during the cupping process when you must skim the floating grounds and CO2 foam off the top of the cups. Brent Hall in Charlotte call it “skimming the Chum”. I was taught to do it using two spoons held together and to pull from one end of the cup to the other. Usually a second pass is used to get any stray floater.
Peter Giuliano claims to have seen cuppers in Central and South America skim with one spoon. Upon hearing this, I took it as a personal challenge to master the skill.
Tim Nobel, a coffee enthusiast here in the Philadelphia area (and soon to be coffee shop owner), shot a little video at our cupping today at MilkBoy Coffee in Ardmore.