Posted Tue Apr 29, 2014, 6:46pm Subject: Roasting and not so great tastebuds
So I've been roasting for a little while now and just starting trying to learn how to cup my roasts. This afternoon I was cupping an El Salvador bean. I did 2 completely different roast profiles and roast levels. I tried them both and only tasted slightly more roast on the one that was taken to a higher BT. Not a huge difference between them. I had my wife try both of them as well...She could not believe the difference in taste between the 2. She hated the lighter roast and said it tasted sweet and sour but thought the darker roast was a lot better. She has picked out flavors in coffee in the past that I couldn't believe. And she puts cream and sugar in there. I think she may have way better taste buds than I, despite the fact that she smokes. Anyone else roasting that has a wife that has better taste buds than them? Is there any hope of developing my taste buds?
derevaun Senior Member Joined: 25 Sep 2006 Posts: 113 Location: Olympia, WA Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Tue Apr 29, 2014, 11:22pm Subject: Re: Roasting and not so great tastebuds
I'm the same way. My wife doesn't do coffee, but my friend who roasts professionally will sometimes come over and cup with me, and I don't perceive anywhere near the detail he does. Same with wine.
I figure, sensual acuity gets spread around all five senses, and I treasure my ear's musical finesse. It clearly got there at the expense of any ability to make sense of the signals from my taste senses, from which I can get slightly past "I know what I like." But that's certainly enough to enjoy exploring the worlds of roast variables.
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