The beans themselves hold unique clusters of flavor that can bring to mind anything from violets, to cranberries, to tomato soup, and discovery of these flavor profiles is a delicious adventure well worth taking. In this article, we’re starting with the basics! This simple process will give you a solid starting place.
1. Grab two kinds of coffee with flavors distinct from one another. The comparison approach will give you immediate context for what you’re tasting — instead of just ‘coffee,’ the two cups become ‘smokier’ and ‘more citrus.’ The options are endless — feel free to pick from different origins, different roasts, or different processing approaches. We recommend specialty coffees, and perhaps a light to medium/dark roast. Once a bean is roasted beyond dark, the flavor is almost entirely created by the roast, not the coffee itself. Moreover, low-quality coffees tend to lack the distinct flavors and vibrance of specialty coffees, so while you may be tasting accurately, it might not be worthwhile. Don’t forget to check freshness!
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