What’s a sommelier? It’s basically a dude or lady who pretends like they know a lot about a specific type of food or drink. In fact it used to mean “officer in charge of provisions”. You may have heard of wine sommeliers, but you’d be surprised to find out what other parts of our everyday lives require a sommelier. Let’s begin!
Oh wow, someone can drink coffee and tell one roast from another? How fascinating! I mean, really? A coffee sommelier? Sounds like a perfect job for a hipster but who would hire… Oh, of course, Nespresso! Here’s their Coffee Sommelier job description: “Because of the many parallels between coffee [sic] and wine, it seemed indispensable to match the expertise of gastronomy and wine professionals [sic] with the expertise of coffee professionals [sic]”. Yeah, sure, many parallels. But. Believe it or not, it’s still not the worst thing on this list.
Hot Sauce Sommelier
First of all, this is not a legit job title. There’s this one insane dude in Williamsburg, who decided to one day quit his day job, and become the master of hot sauces! He even opened his own store with a tasting room. Thankfully you can’t take classes to become a hot sauce sommelier, and get a certificate, but it does sound pretty stupid.
Try and guess what country has the highest concentration of “vodka sommeliers” per capita? You’re damn right – it’s Russia! Meet the only (living) professional alcoholic~ uuuuhm, I mean, “Vodka Sommelier” – Viktor Korneev. Sure, it might be useful to know at what temperature to keep your booze, and what pickled food item you should eat as a chaser, when you’re in Russia, but, get this, there are already vodka sommelier classes in the US!