Step 3: Balance, Uniform Cups, and Clean Cups

As the brew approaches room temperature (below 100º F) Softness, Uniform Cups, and Clean Cups are evaluated.

  1. Balance is the cupper’s assessment of how well the Flavor, Aftertaste, Mouthfeel, and Bitter/Sweet Aspect Ratio harmonizes in a synergistic combination. All four attributes should be present in equal intensities in order to achieve balance in the cup. The greater the intensity, while still maintaining balance in the cup, the higher the rating.
  2. Uniform Cups and Clean Cups are rated on an individual cup basis. For these attributes, the cupper makes a judgment of each cup, awarding 2 points per cup for each cup Uniform to the others and 2 points per cup for each Clean cup (10 points maximum score).