Our Valued Sponsor
OpinionsConsumer ReviewsGuides and How TosCoffeeGeek ReviewsResourcesForums
Coffee: Questions and Answers
I don't taste it.
Cafe Espresso Machines
Video reviews, nationwide installation, leasing options... Nuova Simonelli, Rancilio, La Marzocco.
www.seattlecoffeegear.com
 
Not Logged in: Log In to Postlog in
New Topics updated topics   New Posts new posts   Unanswered Posts new unanswered  
Search Discussion Board search   Discussion Board FAQ faq   Signup sign up  
Discussions > Coffee > Q and A > I don't taste...  
view previous topic | view next topic | view all topics
showing page 2 of 2 first page previous page
Author Messages
PhillyRick
Senior Member


Joined: 17 Dec 2012
Posts: 30
Location: Philadelphia
Posted Fri Feb 15, 2013, 9:46am
Subject: Re: I don't taste it.
 

As a drinker, I'm a rank amateur with coffee, intermediate with wine, advanced with beer.  The descriptions are very difficult, and even with beer I don't find the wine writers' style ("wilted rose petals, wet dog, a touch of mushroom soil in the finish") very helpful.

Temperature and time are common elements with all three beverages.  A red wine or British pale ale served chilled tastes much different than if served at cellar temperature, and the flavor of both evolves in the bottle and glass.  Similarly, a steaming mug of coffee has different flavors and aromas than the same mug 10 or 15 minutes later, when it has cooled and been exposed to air.

This morning I brewed a French roast from a small local roaster whose description read "Spicy, floral aroma with gentle acidity. Sweet flavor, full body, and caramel-like finish."  The aroma was marvelous but faded in a few minutes, and I was wondering where the "full body" was.  The body became apparent as it entered the upper ideal-drinking-temperature range, and only when it was at the low end of that range did I appreciate the caramel.  Actually quite a lovely mug.

Rick
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
yakster
Senior Member
yakster
Joined: 25 Feb 2009
Posts: 1,043
Location: San Jose, CA
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Factory / La Peppina...
Grinder: Vario / Kyocera
Vac Pot: Yama 8 + Pyrex Lox-in Rod
Drip: Brazen / Kalita / Chemex /...
Roaster: Behmor
Posted Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:53am
Subject: Re: I don't taste it.
 

Check out the Teaching to Taste | Sweet Maria's Coffee Library page for some good, inexpensive ways to develop your sensory awareness.

These articles might be helpful too,  Tastebud Training: How To Become A Better Coffee Taster | Serious Eats: Drinks, and How to Become a Better Coffee Taster, Part 2: Train Your Nose | Serious Eats: Drinks.

If you've got more money and interest, you could check out the Le Nez Du Cafe vials of coffee scents, either as a kit or vial by vial at Espresso Parts (maybe wait for their periodic free shipping deals).

If you can get together and compare notes, whether doing a formal "cupping" or just sharing coffee, that helps.  You could also check to see if there are any local cafes hosting cupping or tasting events as well.

I also recommend the SCAA Coffee Cupping Handbook by Ted Lingle.

 
-Chris

LMWDP # 272
back to top
 View Profile Visit website Link to this post
MikeSD
Senior Member


Joined: 10 Jan 2013
Posts: 53
Location: Florida
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: De'Longhi EC155
Grinder: Hario Skerton, Baratza...
Vac Pot: Yama Stovetop 8 Cup
Drip: Hario Pourover
Roaster: Homemade SC/CO
Posted Sat Feb 16, 2013, 7:32am
Subject: Re: I don't taste it.
 

Thanks so much for the advice.  This morning I sat with a cup for a bit and just took time to enjoy it.  Thinking about what Jason I'd about analogy, I thought, " how would I describe this?"  I was thinking honey and raw sugar, and sure enough when I looked at the bag those were two of the descriptions.

I think part of the problem I was having was trying to go about it backwards. I would read the package and try to taste what the label said vs. just enjoying the cup and noting how it tastes.
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
JasonBrandtLewis
Senior Member
JasonBrandtLewis
Joined: 9 Dec 2005
Posts: 6,431
Location: Berkeley, CA
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Elektra T1 - La Valentina -...
Grinder: Mahlkönig K30 Vario -...
Vac Pot: Yama 5-cup
Drip: CCD, Chemex
Roaster: No, no, not another...
Posted Sat Feb 16, 2013, 1:34pm
Subject: Re: I don't taste it.
 

THERE you go!  Perfect . . . .

 
A morning without coffee is sleep . . .
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
showing page 2 of 2 first page previous page
view previous topic | view next topic | view all topics
Discussions > Coffee > Q and A > I don't taste...  
New Topics updated topics   New Posts new posts   Unanswered Posts new unanswered     Search Discussion Board search   Discussion Board FAQ faq   Signup sign up  
Not Logged in: Log In to Postlog in
Discussions Quick Jump:
Symbols: New Posts= New Posts since your last visit      No New Posts= No New Posts since last visit     Go to most recent post= Newest post
Forum Rules:
No profanity, illegal acts or personal attacks will be tolerated in these discussion boards.
No commercial posting of any nature will be tolerated; only private sales by private individuals, in the "Buy and Sell" forum.
No SEO style postings will be tolerated. SEO related posts will result in immediate ban from CoffeeGeek.
No cross posting allowed - do not post your topic to more than one forum, nor repost a topic to the same forum.
Who Can Read The Forum? Anyone can read posts in these discussion boards.
Who Can Post New Topics? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post new topics.
Who Can Post Replies? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post replies.
Can Photos be posted? Anyone can post photos in their new topics or replies.
Who can change or delete posts? Any CoffeeGeek member can edit their own posts. Only moderators can delete posts.
Probationary Period: If you are a new signup for CoffeeGeek, you cannot promote, endorse, criticise or otherwise post an unsolicited endorsement for any company, product or service in your first five postings.
Rancilio Silvia - How to
Step by step guide for easy brewing and steaming with the Rancilio Silvia
www.seattlecoffeegear.com
Home | Opinions | Consumer Reviews | Guides & How Tos | CoffeeGeek Reviews | Resources | Forums | Contact Us
CoffeeGeek.com, CoffeeGeek, and Coffee Geek, along with all associated content & images are copyright ©2000-2014 by Mark Prince, all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Content, code, and images may not be reused without permission. Usage of this website signifies agreement with our Terms and Conditions. (0.20331287384)
Privacy Policy | Copyright Info | Terms and Conditions | CoffeeGeek Advertisers | RSS | Find us on Google+