Questions tagged [flavor]

All about the flavour of coffee: e.g., the nature of flavour, chemical components, impact of extraction techniques on the resulting flavour.

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Role of "time before crust breaking" in cupping

One of the instructions for cupping is to wait 4 minutes before breaking the crust and removing floating stuff. It is also said (for instance by James Hoffmann) that at that point the brewing process ...
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Black honey coffee roasters of exceptional quality

Are there any ratings/reviews available for better (small, independent, direct or at least transparent trade) roasters of black honey coffee? Since the technique originated with lower-quality bulk ...
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Does pouring hot espresso over ice "shock" it, or is that a myth?

I recently got an espresso maker and now tend to make iced lattes every morning. I make the espresso, pour it into a glass with ice, and then add milk. A friend came to stay with me recently and ...
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Why does store bought Starbucks ground coffee prepared at home taste and look different from the real version?

I recently started trying to make my own coffee instead of just buying them in bottles or somewhere else, and I found ground pumpkin spice at Walmart. I decided to try it, but since I don’t really ...
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Bitter and oxidation?

I used the Bialetti maybe 5x. It’s always bitter. No matter the coffee, temp, tamping etc. always bitter. And never good like my grandparents or mother made it. I noticed black oxidation. I tried to ...
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Can I make coffee taste better while I recover from COVID?

I'm experiencing parosmia (unusual or phantom tastes and smells) which is making some (but not all) foods and drinks very unpleasant tasting. Sometimes it feels like I've got somebody's feet under my ...
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What happens if I use relatively short burrs (55mm) to grind lightly roasted coffee as opposed to longer (65mm+) ones?

I am making the first steps towards drinking a decent/good coffee at home (where I also work). My shortlist was composed of Lelit-PL72, MACAP M42M, EUREKA MIGNON SPECIALITA 16CR, and Eureka Mignon XL ...
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Is there any difference (besides caffeine content) between decaf and regular coffee?

Is there any real difference between these two types of coffee? Say for example I have beans from the same crop of coffee, I send half through the decaffeination process and the other half I don't. ...
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What is the process of coffee acting as a taste blocker in conjunction with menthol/mint

Background, I vape a mint (spearmint and peppermint) with menthol. When I drink any kind of coffee and for some time after, the vape has a different (not so nice) taste. It can be black coffee, ...
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Can “coffee” be made from other ingredients beyond coffee beans?

Coffee coffee: a beverage made by percolation, infusion, or decoction from the roasted and ground seeds of a coffee plant Pre-Question Banter I wondered, "If coffee is made from, well, coffee ...
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What difference does a copper coffeepot make?

As the tongue twister and song goes, All I want is a proper cup of coffee Made in a proper copper coffeepot Even going so far to rather having tea than using a coffeepot made out of tin or iron. ...
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Why are Costa or Starbucks lattes so good?

I’m a coffee addict and I have been always having Starbucks as well Costa. I just love their lattes , but it become too expensive over time, so I am on a road to discover how to make coffee like them. ...
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Does French press coffee taste like instant coffee?

Maybe it’s a dumb question, but I made French press coffee for first time using kicking horse smart ass beans, and the taste was very much like instant coffee. It didn’t have the metallic taste you ...
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My coffee isn't acidic enough?

This question is difficult to google because of the overwhelming amount of people looking for less acidic coffee, but... My (very cheap) 4-cup Cuisinart drip-style coffee maker (like the kind you'd ...
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how to make “Creme Caramel” coffee flavored?

I tried it Vietnam 3 years ago. What is the name of that desert in the photo? I only know that its origin is probably Phillipines or Vietnam or that area, and that it contains eggs, and the brown ...
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Shelf-Stable Half and Half - How stable?

At my place of employment, they supply coffee. Along with cups, lids, and sweeteners they provide the little plastic containers of half and half. The box these come in states, "No Refrigeration ...
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Does Chicory make coffee taste bitter?

I am new to coffee and recently ordered a dark roast pre ground coffee mix containing 20% chicory and 80% 'coffee'. No mention of date of roasting or anything. When I brew the coffee the only 'notes' ...
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Coffee tasting notes: myth or reality?

This is what it says on my current beans: lots of raisin and candied fruit peel is backed up by a creamy sweetness that makes me think of a Creme Brulee - right down to the little hints of caramel. ...
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What does over-extracted taste like?

The recipe says to stir less if the coffee tastes over-extracted and to stir more if it tastes under-Extracted. Is this different from stonger and weaker? What does extraction taste like?
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How to train coffee notes tasting for newbie

So I got few of my friends to join the brotherhood of coffee. And they asked me about the flavor notes that are marked on the beans packages, the ones that provide a few hints about the taste. Can ...
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Best practices for reheating coffee

By the time I come home from work in the morning, a pot of coffee that was brewed by others in my house (and is still quite full) is slightly too cold by the time I am able to drink it. I don’t want ...
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Frother got burn in base and won’t heat properly

The Frother as pictured got a milk (I think) burn at bottom. It doesn’t work(warm) well. The light start blinking and we have to run it again to get acceptable/preferred temperature. We tried washing ...
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Coffee percolator

I have bought an Italian percolator and cannot get the taste right, like you would find in a coffee house. I buy beans from a proper coffee house and tried many different coffee types and origins. ...
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Does the coarseness of the ground coffee affect taste

I've just taken the plunge, and purchased an Espresso machine. (Sage Express) I'm now officially an amateur barrista in the making. :) From what I can gather, there are two important parameters in ...
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Difference between cold brew and iced coffee?

What is the difference between cold brew and iced coffee? Is cold brew better than iced coffee?
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Your recommendation and advice for Turkish coffee blends

I am in a process of establishing a small coffee-factory in Egypt. I would like to know your recommendation for Turkish-coffee-blend, what do you prefer, what are your recommendations ? I am ...
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What does strong, mild, very strong mean with respect to coffee?

If you click on the coffee menu in this link: https://www.devans.in/index.php?route=common/home you will see strong, very strong, mild etc. options. What do these options refer to in Coffee? Amount ...
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Decaf coffee, how to make our own

I saw this on a coffee site: As we all know, it is really hard to get a good decaf specialty coffee. The decaf process removes oils and flavors as well as the caffeine, leaving a blah cup ...
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When to add alcohol for Irish coffee

When making an Irish coffee, is there a difference when you add the alcohol, before or after the cream? The reason I think it would make a difference is because the heat would make lots of the ...
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Distilled tasting coffee

I'm wondering if anyone else has noticed that coffee can have a distilled water taste and if they do anything about it.
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Does there exist a coffee which is not bitter?

I love the smell of coffee. I enjoy eating coffee chocolate. However I am unable to drink straight coffee, because it is so unbearably bitter for me. Obviously, no-one is compelled to drink coffee - ...
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Additions to decaff coffee to complement taste

I'm alternating drinking decaf bean coffee (O2 process) alongside caffeinated beans. Normally I drink caffeinated either black or with a little milk. With decaf, the reduced body of the taste is ...
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Non-plastic version of an AeroPress?

I'm interested in getting a device like the aeropress that has no plastic in it. Ideally, double-walled tempered glass housing, cork plunger, fine stainless steel filter, stainless steel cap. I'm ...
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Do coffee connoisseurs add anything to their coffee when tasting a new coffee?

When tasting new coffees, is the flavor of the brewed coffee best understood without milk and sugar? Or should they be tried without adding any milk and sugar in them? My intuition tells me that the ...
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What is the clear plastic sticker on New England Coffee bags for?

I got a couple bags of New England Coffee and noticed there is a clear plastic sticker with 9 holes in it on the front of each bag. It seems like there are also small holes in the bag underneath that ...
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Pouring lungo into two cups

I have a quick question. I know that lungo is less concentrated than a regular shot of espresso, so if I pour a lungo into two cups at the same time, as I guess most machines would let me do, will I ...
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Is there a composition available about how the main parameters influence coffee taste?

There's lots of information available about the influence of various parameters on coffee taste, but it's scattered across the internet. On top of that, most answers and articles are packed with ...
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The Barisieur Coffee Alarm and Coffee ground freshness

The Barisieur Coffee and Tea Alarm Clock (pictured below) is quite a novel spin on the conventional alarm clock where before one goes to sleep they set up the alarm by putting water in the beaker and ...
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Is dark roast stronger than light roast?

Dark roast coffee is roasted longer and at higher temperatures than light roast. What is the difference in taste?
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Why does my coffee at work have a paper/wood flavor?

I'm at a loss. I have tried everything to make coffee taste as good at work as it does at home, eliminating as many variables as possible. I do not do anything different in my brewing between home and ...
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Do ground beans or brewed coffee lose flavour faster?

I usually roast my coffee in the evening, grind it and brew it in the morning, to drink multiple hours later. I do notice that I do not have the same experience drinking coffee multiple hours after it ...
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Coffee too less for Frenchpress

I am new to frenchpress coffee and love the rich flavour of coffee it makes. However I am not sure if I am doing it right. The coffee beans I had grinder packet says 7g of coffee in 180ml of water. ...
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Adding Cinnamon to Coffee?

I have seen a lot of articles saying adding cinnamon to one's coffee makes it taste a little better? I don't see how could adding something make something original taste even better? has someone tried ...
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Coffee Sites with Flavor Profile

I'm on the hunt for new kinds of coffee, and I want to know how they taste before I buy them. I've found one way of doing this on this site. If you hover your mouse over the coffees, a flavor profile ...
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Kopi Luwak coffee beans

Kopi Luwak are the most expensive coffee beans, but I was wondering if there is a special taste to these coffee beans. I was also wondering if there is a recommended method of brewing which would ...
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How can I get a clean taste while drip brewing?

I have been brewing drip Coffee on different devices. Kalita and Chemex mostly. Although the results have often been great. The biggest turn-off for me is getting an earthy, not-clean and bright ...
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Is there a difference in taste between bleached, unbleached and natural fibre filters?

Is there a quantifiable difference to the taste or coffee brewed with bleached, unbleached or natural fibre filters? Or would you use one over the other for ecological or economical reasons? I would ...
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What makes coffee from a coffee shop/cafe better than the coffee I make at home?

Depending on the coffee shop I go to I often find I like the coffee more than the coffee I make at home or that I have at other peoples homes. Of course cafes and shops have bigger and more fancy ...
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Aeropress: How to accent the caramel flavor and decrease the acidity of my beans (Burundi)?

I recently bought some Full-City roasted Burundi Gaharo The flavor profile is: Strong caramel, tropic fruit juicy flavor, moderate body, great balance of sweetness and acidity and bitterness. Here ...
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General inquiries of cold brew [closed]

I'm a big fan of cold brew and I'm planning to start up my own business, so I'm wondering: What other equipment can I use instead of toddy commercial? Which coffee origin will give a dark chocolate ...
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