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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Does the hardness of water matter when making coffee?

I live in a hard water area and when brewing English Tea I can definitely taste and see the difference when compared to where I'm from, which is a soft water area. Does the hardness of the water ...
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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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Is it possible to burn coffee while brewing?

I know some people who refuse to drink in large coffee chains as they say that the coffee they produce tastes "burnt". Is it actually possible to burn coffee while brewing, or is the flavour they're ...
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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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Coffee cup patina; is there any logic in not washing the cup

I first encountered the practice of never washing a coffee cup, when I was sternly warned, and nearly physically threatened by a former employer to never wash his coffee cup. Apparently it is an old ...
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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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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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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 does coffee grind size affect coffee taste

I have a grinding machine with a lot of different settings. Even between the categories of Fine and Medium there are sub levels of grinding. I'm not sure how they relate to the flavor of the coffee. ...
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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 can I do with bad coffee beans?

I recently was about to have a week before I could get my good coffee, so I went to the grocery store and got some of theirs. Unfortunately, I pulled the lever and got way more grocery store coffee ...
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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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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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Distilled tasting coffee

I'm using a Mr Coffee and it heats the water so the water turns to steam and goes up some tube into a dripper. Basially it distills it so naturally the water should taste a bit distilled but usually ...
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How to make coffee concentrate

I searched around a bit and found a few recipes for coffee concentrates, but most of them read more like high test cold brew recipes. Where I work we have a few "coffee" (note the quotation marks) ...
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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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Differences between Chemex & V60

I currently use a V60, but I'm interested in using a Chemex (primarily because of the bigger capacity for guests). Assuming all variables are correct for the specific brew method (grind size, weight ...
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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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Is reheating coffee in the microwave a bad idea?

Sometimes I get distracted, and realise I've got a cold cup of coffee on my desk. Will reheating it in the microwave do bad things to it? I've heard people say it will alter the flavour, and some ...
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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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How are coffee beans differentiated?

Tea grown in Sri Lanka is classified by elevation into high, mid and low grown tea. High: rich in flavor Mid: blend of flavor and aroma Low: rich aroma Does coffee has such differentiation? If so ...
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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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Recommendations for tasty decaf coffee?

I am currently attempting to decrease my caffeine consumption and was therefore wondering whether anybody has experience with decaf coffee? Although I want to reduce the caffeine, I don't want to ...
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Effect of Sugar on Perceived Bitterness in Coffee

Abstract: Food and Function Sugar changes the chemical structure of tea and coffee Is this effect of sugar in water on coffee solids to be trusted? I like some coffees black (pourover, drip) and ...
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What are the differences in perceived quality of Robusta vs Arabica bean blends?

There are many different varieties of coffe, but cafea arabica and cafea robusta are two different species grown in my region of Colombia, robusta specifically grown for its increased resistance to ...
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Why do my Arabica beans smell and taste of burnt rubber?

I recently bought some Kenyan SL28, SL34 beans with a supposed blackcurrant note. It has an overwhelming burnt rubber flavor that I thought was exclusive to Robusta, how come?
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What Are The Merits of Different Green Coffee Processing Methods?

I've noticed that there's a distinct lack of Q&A's on green coffee processing methods. As this is one of the earliest steps on the journey from seed to cup, I was curious: What are the merits of ...
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Is it possible to grow plants in used coffee ground so that they get coffee flavor?

Is it possible to grow any kind of fruit or vegetable in coffee ground (instead of normal soil) so that they get coffee flavor? If yes, which fruit or vegetable works best and what do I have to ...
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Which decaffeination process changes the flavor of the coffee the least?

There are many decaffeination methods available: Swiss Water method CO2 Process Roselius Process Direct Method Indirect Method Triglyceride process (Thanks to Mooz for providing the list I found in ...
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What actually happens with the ground coffee that lost its flavour?

Ground coffee looses quickly its flavour. It's especially painful for singles living in rented apartment (no coffee machine) and having only big packages in nearby groceries... But what actually ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the Roasterie's city of fountains blend?

I eat roasted coffee beans on occasion, and usually all taste about the same. But I have noticed that beans from the Roasterie's City of Fountains blend have a rather burnt flavor. I turns out 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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What are the flavor characteristics of under-roasted coffee?

As a frequent coffee drinker, I can tell when the coffee beans have been over-roasted; the coffee is bitter. What can I tell when the beans have been under-roasted? What does under-roasted coffee ...
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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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Homemade Highlander Grogg

I used to really like the flavored coffee Highlander Grogg, but now all I can taste is the artificial aftertaste. Is there a non-artificial additive that I can add to a different variety of coffee to ...
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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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How should I order an espresso to get a less sour shot?

I often find that standard espresso shots at many high-end coffeeshops to be more sour than I prefer. I tend to order straight espresso, or Americanos with only a little water, or maybe a macchiatto, ...
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What are the differences between Jacobs Krönung and Jacobs Cronat Gold?

Jacobs got two major brands:         vs.         As far as I can tell, they are both instant freeze dry coffee going through ...
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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 ...