The Innovation Lab

The Crimson Cup Innovation Lab is a space for both consumers and coffee professionals to learn about what goes into a great cup of coffee – from origins of the beans to roast level, grind, brewing techniques, drink preparation and more. Located in Columbus, Ohio near downtown Columbus and Bexley, this space features areas for coffee evaluation, roasting, training and gathering.

Classroom – a multi-purpose room used for instruction and training. The classroom is located next to the application lab to allow students to learn theory and apply what they have learned in the lab. This space is also available for group meetings (Max Capacity 35)

Application Lab – used for training baristas on hot, iced, and frozen drinks, Modbar training along with friendly barista competitions. This space has three stations equipped with Nuova Simonelli Arelia II Espresso machines and doserless and manual grinders.

Cupping Lab – used for analyzing coffee samples, ensuring coffee quality, establishing roast profiles, cupping classes, scientific analysis of green and brewed coffees. This space is the central point for coffee and tea product innovations.

Roasting Lab – used for teaching roasting courses, analysis of coffee roasts, roast profile analysis and roasting experimentation. This room is equipped with a 1 lb. U.S. Roaster Corp., a two barrel Probat sample roaster and a Probat L12 known as Hansel.


All courses will be at the Crimson Cup Innovation Lab –
700 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, OH 43205

Handcrafted coffee and hand-brewing systems make great giftsBrewing 701: Methods
Saturday, February 10, 10am – Noon

This class explores the science behind brewing
your morning cup. Several brewing methods will be demonstrated including; Chemex, Hario V60, and French Press. You will also learn proper temperatures to brew, coffee-to-water ratios and  pouring techniques.


CuppersChoiceRoasting 701.
Tuesday, January 16, 6pm – 8pm

This class is designed for home roasters and craft beverage enthusiasts! Examine green coffee and dive into some of the basics of the coffee roasting process. Participants will roast their own coffee on both a sample roaster and a production roaster. Basic organic chemistry will be discussed to describe the roasting curve. The class will end with a coffee “cupping”.


Crimson Cup Coffee Buyer Dave Eldridge examines Sumatran coffeeCoffee 701. Seed to Sip
Saturday, March 10, 10am – Noon 
This introductory course is all things coffee.
Begin by learning the story of Kaldi and his dancing goats and the start of coffee cultivation and trade. During the course you will taste some of the coffees mentioned during the class.

700 Alum Creek Drive – Columbus, Ohio 43205