Exploring the Journey of Coffee with Metropolis Coffee

For the past two years, students in the Food For Thought class have visited the Metropolis Coffee Company’s roastery to learn about the life of the Coffee plant. They’ve toured the state-of-the-art roastery and gotten a behind-the-scenes look at each step of the process. Metropolis is dedicated to serving a stellar cup of coffee, but what’s even more important to them is respect. Respect is at the core of the company’s philosophy, from farmers to consumers.

The students were not able to take a physical tour of the facility this year, but Carrie Shemanski, Director of Marketing and Customer Experience, brought the visit to them. Carrie jumped on a Zoom call to talk about the ins-and-outs of sourcing, roasting, brewing, and serving coffee. She led the students in a virtual coffee cupping experience and gave them tips on identifying and describing flavors. The ultimate question is, of course, “How many cups of coffee do I have to drink before they stop tasting like coffee?”.


The purpose of this Field Experience is to investigate the guiding question, What is the history of food, from its center of origin to your table? 


Students will be visited Carrie Shemanski, the Director of Marketing and Customer Service at Metropolis in order to start exploring the journeys their food takes before it hits their palates (and their stomachs), and along the way, they will also get to experience a professional tasting.

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