Say that three times fast – Tinker Coffee Co. Cupping Class.

Anyone who knows my husband and I knows that we are huge coffee fans. It’s no secret that our coffee snobbery has continued to grow. From our first date being at a coffee shop, falling in love over this common like, to building a coffee bar in our home, and now taking coffee classes. It’s something we both enjoy and scouting for the best coffee shops make great date nights!

Living near the Indianapolis area, Tinker Coffee Co. is one of the best hubs for coffee roasting. It’s one of the first roasters I heard about after moving here. Everyone who is anyone in the foodie world recommended Tinker as the place to get your beans. I was finally introduced to them last May when I went to The Indy Cup at the Biltwell Center in Indianapolis. All those recommendations were right, Tinker won my heart and continues to be one of my favorites.

While at The Indy Cup, I discovered that Tinker offered cupping classes, something neither of us had ever tried before. I had been anticipating a day that we could set up a date to do one of these classes. This month we finally had our chance. I did book this class 2 months in advance, put it on my calendar, and made a date out of it.

Tinker has moved to a new location at, 1123 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, this facility allows them to have an even bigger and much fancier roaster. The larger space allows more room for storage of beans and classes. They are also expanding this new space to include a cafe, which I will be all the more excited to try! Currently tinker coffee does not have a cafe, but several coffee shops in the Indianapolis area serve their coffee. Including a few of my favorites like provider and coat check coffee.

The new space is away from the central downtown area, and just down the road from Long’s Donuts. I just had to note that, because if you’re going to do a coffee cupping why not follow it up or with some donuts from Long’s!? It’s one of my favorite donut dives, but since we are donut divided house my husband would suggest a good old Jack’s Donut. Another Indy area classic.

If not taking a class, Tinker is open for customers to come in and purchase coffee beans (schedule a class while you are there!). They’re typically open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Cupping Details

Here are all the deets on what you need to know for a cupping class…

  • Classes are typically held on Saturdays at 11 am and are around 2 hours long.
  • The cost of a cupping class is $15 per person.
  • You will want to book your class in advance, as classes fill up quickly. Check their event calendar on the website, and fill out the form to request to be put in a specific class. Tinker will then contact you to confirm this and send an invoice.
  • The class will include a tour of the facility, information on where the beans are from, how they are roasted, and how Tinker operates, a preview of the roaster, and then lastly the actual cupping. You’ll be trying several of their beans, so come prepared to be caffeinated!

Indy Cup 2019

Currently, Tinker is also prepping for the Indy Cup 2019. This event is a little bit different from last year, it is a more personalized experience that focuses on classes that will teach about coffee sourcing, roasting, home/manual brewing, espresso, flavor balance (signature beverage creation), and cold brew. There are only 100 tickets available for this event, so if you want to get in on this, you’ll want to act quickly!  You can get your tickets here for $50.

Recipes that are great for Tinker coffee!

DIY Cold Brew Coffee

DIY Iced Caramel Vanilla Bulletproof Coffee

Mocha Bundt Cake with Java Icing