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FD 07 — A Coffee Lover’s Adventure: Discover the History, Culture, and Craft of Your Favorite Drink

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Oct 10—Dec 5
Time: 5:00—6:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 12
Unit: 1
Tuition: $465
Instructor(s): Kenneth Thomas
Limit: 55
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on November 21
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
5:00—6:50 pm (PT)
Oct 10—Dec 5
8 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 12
1 Unit
Kenneth Thomas
Please Note: No class on November 21
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Many of us cannot start our day without a cup of coffee. But how much do you really know about the drink that fuels your creativity and productivity? Coffee is more than just a beverage; it’s a culture, a science, and an art. In this course, you’ll discover fascinating stories, secrets, and skills behind coffee, from bean to cup.

We will explore the origins and history of coffee, from the mythical tale of Kaldi and his dancing goats to the rise and fall of the coffeehouses that shaped the world. We’ll then dive into different types of coffee beans, how they are grown and processed, and the challenges and opportunities farmers face in the global market. We’ll also demystify the vocabulary and etiquette of coffee so you can confidently order a cortado, flat white, or nitro cold brew at any café. We will look at the health effects of coffee and how to optimize it for our well-being. Finally, you’ll learn how to brew your own perfect cup of coffee at home using various methods and techniques.

This course will be a blend of theory and practice, with optional Saturday morning sessions where you can brew and taste coffee with the instructor and your classmates. Whether you're a casual coffee drinker, a connoisseur, or somewhere in between, this course will enrich your coffee experience and deepen your appreciation for this magical black elixir.

This course includes optional bonus coffee brewing and tasting sessions. Prepackaged brewing and tasting kits will be available for $100–$200. More details will be provided prior to the first class.

Coffee Writer, Educator, and Speaker; Owner and Head Roaster, Umble Coffee Co.

Kenneth Thomas hosts the popular Coffee 101 podcast and interviews coffee experts from around the world weekly. He founded Umble Coffee Co., an online and wholesale coffee company that has ranked among the top specialty coffee roasters in the United States for the last several years. He is also a physician and chemical engineer, both of which lend expertise to Umble’s mission of sourcing and roasting the best coffees from around the world in ways that optimize for taste, quality, and health.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Jordan Michelman & Zachary Carlsen, The New Rules of Coffee: A Modern Guide for Everyone, 1st Edition (ISBN 978-0399581625)
(Required) Lani Kingston, How to Make Coffee: The Science Behind the Bean, 1st Edition (ISBN 978-1419715846 )
(Recommended) Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, The Coffee Dictionary: An A-Z of Coffee from Growing & Roasting to Brewing & Tasting, 1st Edition (ISBN 978-1784723019)
(Recommended) Jonathan Morris, Coffee: A Global History, 1st Edition (ISBN 978-1789140026)