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marcwitham
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Posted Wed Jan 9, 2013, 8:59am
Subject: Learning about coffee
 

I'm a wine educator and would like to approach coffee in the same analytical way that I approach wine.

By analytical I mean identifying aromas and tastes like one does with wine.  Sometimes with a aroma wheel invented at UC Davis.  One also studies climate, terroir, varietals, farming techniques, etc.

Does anyone know of good internet resources to start learning about coffee.

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Posted Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:57am
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What exactly are you looking for? There are aroma samples and taste samples available, along with the wheel you made reference to for wine. Check with the Barista Guild of America and they have training materials and classes. Jason is a wine guy also, hopefully he will chime in here soon.

 
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Posted Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:57am
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Welcome, Marc! Sweet Maria's is a great place to start, I think: http://www.sweetmarias.com/library/green-coffee/
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Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013, 7:01am
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marcwitham Said:

I'm a wine educator and would like to approach coffee in the same analytical way that I approach wine.

By analytical I mean identifying aromas and tastes like one does with wine.  Sometimes with a aroma wheel invented at UC Davis.  One also studies climate, terroir, varietals, farming techniques, etc.

Does anyone know of good internet resources to start learning about coffee.

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Hi Marc,
Here's a good reference site: www.coffeeresearch.org .

 
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Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013, 7:27am
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marcwitham Said:

I'm a wine educator and would like to approach coffee in the same analytical way that I approach wine ...

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One aspect of what you're talking about is cupping. An instrument for that is the Coffee Taster's Flavor Wheel.

 
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Posted Tue Jan 15, 2013, 6:10pm
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Interestingly, one IP chaser puts our OP in Massachusetts, another in Carlsbad, CA.
This appears to be another of the "I want to learn about" posts that nice folks reply to sincerely, but the OP never returns.
If he does, I'll stand up like a man and take his slings and arrows! :>D

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