Before I get into coffee tasting virtual events, let me set the scene: I’m a veteran of the ‘work from home’ life. Out of the last 11 years, 9 of them have been working from my home office. I’m an expert on how it’s possible to go quite delightfully insane when you’re isolated like that! One of the biggest things I struggled with was building team camaraderie over a screen and keyboard. It’s just so hard to emphasize how really, really, ridiculously good-looking I am with Zoom’s video compression. Anyway… One of the best ways I found to get along with my remote teams was to take part in online events together. More specifically virtual team building events that involve coffee. 5 Amazing Coffee Tasting Virtual Events for Team Building in Canada In this blog post I’m going to take you through 5 amazing coffee tasting virtual events that will bond your team tighter than those waterproof band-aids that are really difficult to get off! 1. Straight-up Virtual Coffee Tasting Event This event is perfect for: Coffee Nerds! We’re talking about people who either love good quality coffee, or want to learn more about it. In this event, each of your attendees is sent a box with three bottles of insanely high-quality pre made, cold brew coffee. We’re talking natural process, Ethiopians. Honey process Colombians. Or maybe even the coveted Geisha coffee. All of them are meant to be exemplary examples of some of the best coffee on the market. And if you don’t know what any of the above are, you’ll learn why they’re so great. Your group dials into a Zoom/Teams/Virtual session and tastes them live, led by a coffee expert. During the event, you’ll learn about how the beans are roasted and their individual characteristics. You’ll take part in games and trivia, as well as team bonding activities that’ll help you grow as a team and as a coffee nerd! The host will teach you how to make your own versions at home as well as many other tips to level up your home brewing skills. Price: $79 per person and this includes 3 drinks, postage to anywhere in Canada and a 90 minute virtual session with a coffee expert. Click here for more information on straight up coffee tasting virtual events. 2 – Build Your Own Lattes Virtual Event This event is perfect for: Vegans, people who love alternate milk or want a more hands on event. In this event, you’ll be sent a bottle of high-end cold brew coffee and three bottles of non-dairy milk. You’ll then dial into a virtual platform and construct your own iced lattes, live with a coffee expert guiding you. It’s amazing how each different type of milk tastes so vastly different from the other. For example, Almond Milk is rich and clean tasting. Coconut milk is bright and sweet, while Oat Milk is creamy and decadent. You’ll have loads of each left over to make your own drinks after the event too. Much like the other events, there are games and trivia throughout, to help you bond with your team. Price: $99 per person and this includes 1 bottle of cold brew coffee, 3 caartons of non-dairy milk, postage to anywhere in Canada and a 90-minute virtual session with a coffee expert. Click here for more information on the Build Your Own Lattes Virtual Event. 3 – Coffee and Tea Tasting Virtual Event This event is perfect for: Those who want a variation on their drink selection. In this event, you’re sent three bottles of pre-made drinks. One high-end cold brew coffee, one iced oat milk latte and a unique tea drink. And when I say unique, I’m talking about butterfly pea flower hopped tea. Or perhaps an apple cider rooibos with agave. All options are truly unique! Your group then dials into a virtual session and you sample all of them live. You’ll learn about how each drink is made, what their flavour notes are, as well as lots of banter and games from the expert host. Price: $89 per person and this includes 3 drinks, postage to anywhere in Canada and a 90-minute virtual session with a coffee expert. Click here for more information on the Coffee and Tea Tasting Virtual Event. 4 – Craft Instant Coffee Tasting Virtual Event This event is perfect for: Teams in Canada and other countries OK, I know what you’re thinking, but craft instant coffee is AMAZING. It’s come a really long from the gross stuff in jars at the supermarket. Incredible companies like Voila are producing coffee that is about 80-90% of the taste of freshly brewed coffee. And because it’s in powdered form, it’s really easy to send to other countries (liquid drinks are not, trust me, I’ve tried). In this event, you’re sent three boxes of craft instant coffee. That’s 15 total cups! You get to sample each one in a live virtual session with a coffee expert. Each flavour type builds on the next. You start with a safe and familiar coffee, building up to more fruity and complex flavours. They’re consistently mind-blowing, I promise! Price: $79 per person and this includes 15 sachets of instant coffee, postage to anywhere in Canada and the USA and a 90-minute virtual session with a coffee expert. Click here for more information on Craft Instant Coffee Tasting Virtual Events. 5 – Pour Over Coffee Virtual Event This event is perfect for: People who want to seriously level up their home barista game (and have deep pockets!) This event is about as high-end as you can get! For this event your group is sent: An electric kettle A coffee grinder A coffee dripper and filters A bag of incredible, high-end artisanal coffee You then all connect to a virtual session where a coffee expert shows you how to use it all to make barista-quality drinks. You’ll also get to learn about the coffee and then sample it live. The best thing about this is you get to keep all of the equipment afterwards! OK I know, it’s a pretty high price tag for an event. However, the value for money is there because you get so much awesome coffee brewing gear to keep forever. Price: $199 per person and this includes all the gear listed above, the coffee, postage to anywhere in Canada and a 90-minute virtual session with a coffee expert to teach you how to use it all. Click here for more information on the Pour Over Coffee Virtual Event. Coffee Tasting Virtual Events Are An AMAZING Virtual Team Building Experience To write this blog post I spoke to dozens of people about virtual team building. Every single one of them that had tried a virtual coffee tasting reported back that their teams were stronger for it. It didn’t matter if the virtual coffee tasting was in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal or Calgary. Morning tastings will get your group hyped up for the day, as well as give them lots to chat about after the event. Evening coffee tasting virtual events get them fired up for a night of happy hours or virtual beer, wine or whiskey tasting events!