Tinker Coffee Co. Cupping Class – Indianapolis

Tinker Cupping Classes

Originally posted Mar. 30, 2019 – Updated Nov. 4, 2020

Say that three times fast – Tinker Coffee Company Cupping Class

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge coffee fan. My husband as well, maybe even more so. From our first date being at a coffee shop, falling in love over this common interest, 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 makes great date nights.

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Tinker Coffee Company

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 tried after moving here. The coffee world recommended Tinker as one of the best local roasters to get your beans. I was introduced to them at The Indy Cup at the Biltwell Center in Indianapolis and the rest is history. All those recommendations were right, Tinker won my heart and continues to be one of my favorites.

While at The Indy Cup, I learned of the cupping classes that Tinker offered, something I had never tried before. I had been anticipating a day that I could set up a date with my husband to do one of these classes. I booked a class 2 months in advance, put it on the calendar, and made a date of it!

Tinker location

Tinker is located at 1123 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, this newer facility allows them to have a bigger roaster, more storage for beans, and room for classes. They are also expanding this new space to include a cafe, which I will be excited to try! Currently Tinker Coffee does not have a cafe, but several coffee shops in the Indianapolis area utilize their beans for drinks. Including a few of my favorites like Provider and Coat Check Coffee.

Tinker cupping class

Their 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 Indiana classic.

If not taking a class, Tinker is open for customers to come in and purchase a cup of coffee, cold brew, beans, and merchandise. 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 (please check hours in advance during COVID-19)

Cupping Details

Tinker cupping class

Here is 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, Tinker operations, a preview of the roaster, and the actual cupping. You’ll be trying several of their beans, so come prepared to be caffeinated!
Operating the roaster
Tinker cupping class

Recipes that are great for Tinker coffee!

DIY Cold Brew Coffee

DIY Coffee Drink Recipes {with low-carb options}

DIY Iced Caramel Vanilla Bulletproof Coffee

Mocha Bundt Cake with Java Icing

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  • Erica (The Prepping Wife)
    Posted 04/06/2019 9:51 pm 0Likes

    This sounds like a fun event! I love the idea of creative date nights too. That’s awesome you turned this event into a date with your husband that had significance to you two.

    • Jamie
      Posted 04/08/2019 11:36 am 0Likes

      Doing anything with coffee is definitely a great date night for us!

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