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Posted Sun Feb 9, 2014, 10:51am
Subject: Why does coffee taste different all of the sudden?
 

Well, over the course of the week I didn't have any caffeine or coffee. But finally I'm back to drinking it, from my favorite coffeehouse and it tastes off. It doesn't taste as good. Why is that?

 
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Posted Sun Feb 9, 2014, 12:59pm
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Dear coffeenerd,

How old was the roast on the day you stopped drinking it?  Now, one week later, is it possible that this is just the effect of staling?  
Are you brewing it or espresso-infusing it?  Did you need to grind it finer to compensate for the additional week in age?  If you are brewing, is it still blooming to the same extent?  
Alternatively, did you start taking a new medication, or dietary supplement or eating a lot of a new food?  There are some amazingly subtle things that can significantly affect our ability to taste or smell.  Even a new size of coffee cup makes a difference.  What do you think?

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Posted Sun Feb 9, 2014, 1:45pm
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Well, actually it's coffee from the local coffeehouse. I'm not sure how well it was brewed, but the coffee has always been great! I ate a little sugary candy prior to drinking my coffee...maybe it's the problem -_- I've always found coffee from gas stations and restaurants crappy, even if it's high quality. Do you think my tastes would change after a week of no coffee? my normal coffee buzz doesn't seem as strong either and I never had any withdrawal symptoms.


Anyways, no I haven't taken any new medication or supplements and I ordered the normal joe in the same size.

 
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Posted Sun Feb 9, 2014, 3:10pm
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Thecoffeenerd Said:

I ate a little sugary candy prior to drinking my coffee...maybe it's the problem .

Posted February 9, 2014 link

Very possible.  I really don't like to eat while having my coffee and prefer to rinse my mouth out with water before the coffee as I want my taste buds clean before enjoying my coffee.
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Posted Sun Feb 9, 2014, 3:43pm
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"Coffee is a crop, not a can of pop." - Tom Owen

Does Pepsi taste the same?
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Posted Sun Feb 9, 2014, 5:38pm
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Yeah, every drink tastes the same. Yesterday the same coffeehouse (Different coffee) tastes normal. It had to have been something I ate prior. It was Wonka Sweet tart gummies with loads on sugar on them...lol but today the same coffee i've drank 1000 times before nearly every weekend tasted weaker and not as good. Disappointed...

 
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Posted Tue Feb 11, 2014, 7:36am
Subject: Re: Why does coffee taste different all of the sudden?
 

Many things can affect the taste, including what you ate before drinking the coffee.
Not all people, even in the same coffee shop make it exactly the same though it should be a standard procedure for them to follow. The grind, if a little larger than usual, could produce a weaker cup even if everything else is the same.

Stale beans as has been said, can throw off the flavor. Also as said, beans are a crop, they are food, they are not all the same even on the same plantation let alone from different countries. Blends try to even out the differences but they can be different too as they are blended by someone. Did the person doing the blending taste the result and adjust the blend or is it just a formula, so much from bag A and three times as much from bag B?

Getting used to other coffee then switching back can make it taste more or less strong or full so if you have been drinking your own brew then went back to a shop, you may taste the difference.

 
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Posted Mon Feb 17, 2014, 8:11am
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I wonder why you were not able to drink coffee for a week. Are you a regular coffee drinker? Anyway, what you have said that after a week without coffee, the taste you had before was not the same as good upon you drink it back in your favorite coffeehouse. There are factors to consider if you experience this bad taste. Maybe it so happen that the coffee beans source differ from the previous coffee you drank or it just happen that you had a stale coffee in your cup. Sometimes the taste bud also changes if you have eaten something before you drink coffee. Mind you, if you are a regular coffee drinker, you canít experience these changes in your taste especially if you use to drink in your favorite coffee shop as long as the shop is careful on their coffee preparation.

 
Did you know...? Dark roast coffees actually have less caffeine than lighter roasts due to the fact that the process of roasting burns off caffeine.
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Posted Mon Feb 17, 2014, 10:44am
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Well I was home all week from school because of severe snow. And I had no coffee except some Folgers, and I can't guzzle that stuff down, seriously. No car either, to go to Scooters or Caribou.

 
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Posted Wed Feb 19, 2014, 12:34pm
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because my wife made it
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