I have mentioned Angels’ Cup numerous times, and believe me, I don’t get anything from them by doing so; I just love what they do. And whether you have a subscription with them or not, the Angels’ Cup App will help you immensely with improving your coffee tasting skills.
What is absolutely wonderful about this app is that everything you need for keeping track of your coffee cupping sessions is right at your fingertips. Not only that, but you if you create an account, your previous tasting notes are easily accessible.
Now, if you are a subscriber to Angels’ Cup, which begins at $8.50/month, you can keep track of the coffees that they send you, and then compare your notes with the master roaster and the entire community of people that have reviewed that particular coffee. This is absolutely wonderful when trying to improve your coffee tasting skills. And, just to make it clear, you do not have to subscribe to Angels’ Cup to use the app. I have tasting notes for all of the coffees from the café where I work, as well as notes from coffees that I have roasted myself.
The app is elegant, yet very simply. When you open the app, you are faced with the picture above. When you click on “START A TASTING,” you will see a screen that has a box with a plus sign, like the picture to the right. You will need to type something into the blank box and click the plus sign before you will be able to click “START A BEGINNER TASTING” or “START AN ADVANCED TASTING.” The picture to the right recognizes what it will look like after clicking the plus sign. Also, you can make notes for as many coffees as you want during your cupping session. Make sure to add each coffee before clicking on one of the options below.
If you click on “START A BEGINNER TASTING,” you will have the option to make notes on the following: brew method, color, taste, aroma & flavor, and enjoyment. If you click on “START AN ADVANCED TASTING,” you will be able to make notes on these: brew method, color, aroma, taste, acidity, body, flavor, defects, and enjoyment.
Now, it is not the case that the “beginner tasting” does not allow for you to make notes about the body, acidity, etc., it is simply not as in-depth. On top of all of this, there is a blank box for you to add whatever notes that you would like. I usually use this box as an overview of what I am tasting, especially if one particular flavor note is stronger than another.
Below are some screenshots from the app: