The new cupping protocol is designed to ensure safety in terms of health of all tasters present during the cupping in order to avoid any possible cross contamination between cuppers or between them and the environment.
In reality, this practice was already suggested as a good practice whenever there was a cupper with some health problems, even of a small entity; now it has been widespread as a standard.
At the beginning, especially for those who have already assimilated the routine on a daily basis, it may seem more complicated. So the best thing is to reset everything and pretend to learn something from scratch.
The basic rule to keep in mind that is also the basis for all others is the following: always avoid direct contact between cuppers and samples. In this simple way you will avoid the risk of cross contamination through indirect contact. Basically never bring the spoon directly to your mouth as you have always done so far but use a second spoon or a disposable glass.
In this video Alberto Polojac shows us in a practical way how to proceed with the new cupping method:
At the beginning of the cupping, each taster is provided with a tasting spoon and a personal glass (or two spoons).
The cups of the coffee sample to be analyzed are placed on the cupping table and the crust is removed with two clean spoons.
The tasters approach the cups and with their own spoon they take a sample of coffee which they pour into their personal glass or into the other spoon provided, from which the coffee is tasted.
The spoon with which the taster takes the brew from the cup is never used for tasting and must not come into contact with the mouth of the taster, nor with the glass (or with the second spoon) used for the tasting.
During cupping, hot water is made available to rinse the glasses (or spoons) and buckets where to pour the tasted samples.
Between one sample and another, the spoons used to take the coffee are rinsed in rinse cups.
However, these spoons are only used to transfer coffee from the cup to the glass.
All surfaces of the cupping table are disinfected between one cupping session and the other.
If you prefer to download the New Cupping Protocol on your PC and / or print it, I have prepared a pdf for you.
Find it here:
Here SCA talks about the cupping protocol: