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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What are the standard espresso parameters (dose, mass/volume, time, etc.)?

I have a Breville Infuser espresso machine as well as a Breville Smart Grinder Pro. The espresso machine comes with two types of filters (for singles and doubles), and can dispense a pre-programmed ...
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What are the 4M's of espresso?

"4M" is something that I have been heard of as a requirement set for tasty espresso. What are these four important quality factors that affect the flavor of final espresso cup?
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What coffees are the least acidic?

I don't like coffees with an acidic/sour taste. However, when buying coffee, the only "rating" one gets is often how "strong" the coffee is, and that does not help me. Is there something else I can go ...
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What is the process to reduce bitterness in coffee?

I've heard of adding salt to coffee to reduce its bitterness. I've also heard that using freshly roasted and ground coffee would reduce the bitterness experienced when drinking coffee. Though it seems ...
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Could preparation method make coffee more acidic?

This is more of a vague feeling than something I'm sure of, but from the many cups I've drunk, I have a feeling that when prepared in a french press, my coffee tastes a little more sour/acidic, ...
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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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What does Kopi Luwak taste like?

I have never had the opportunity to try Kopi Luwak, and I'd like to know how it tastes: How does its taste differ from more traditionally processed coffee from the same region? Are there other ...
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What are the basic parameters that affect the flavor?

I am new in this field. In the field of coffee. I want to ask for the basic attributes or properties, which is good to know when I want to buy coffee that I like. Thanks!!!
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Coffee ground sieves: Can they make a noticeable change in the flavor?

I have seen a kickstarter project lately, named Rafino. It claims to include a set of fine sieves to separate ground coffee into finer levels. I thought it may be beneficial, mostly for Turkish ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I cost-effectively improve the coffee supply in my company break room?

I work at a company of about sixty people. Like most offices, there's a communal coffee machine in our break room. It's what I understand to be a typical drip machine, pretty confident it's a Bunn VPS ...
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Will coffee taste different from a cup with lid (blocking the smell)?

I know that as much of our perception of flavour is down to smell as actual taste. When I get a take-out coffee with a lid, am I losing all of the smell that I would get if I drank it out of an open-...
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How much does the shape of the drinking vessel change the flavor?

Within wine there is a huge array of glasses for different wines with the believe that different wines taste better out of different glasses. This can also be seen (though to a lesser extent) with ...
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How best to reduce tannins in black coffee?

I've traditionally had coffee with milk, no sugar. However I've recently switched to a diet that involves either reducing milk intake or switching to a milk substitute. I've been trying to make 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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Does adding salt to coffee reduce bitterness?

Although this was kind of asked in this question, it was as a side-question that wasn't really answered. I've heard people say you should put salt in coffee to reduce bitterness. Does this actually ...
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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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Optimizing the office pot

I usually get to work about an hour before most of the other people in the office do and I've got the 2-3 carafe's all to myself. We're brewing a 1.9 liter pot each time, so I'm not sure how much ...
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Are the last drips after pulling an espresso less tasty?

Someone told me that the last drips coming out of a espresso machine after the pull is finished (when there is no water pressure any more) contain bad flavors. He recommended that I remove the coffee ...
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Why does espresso taste different to percolator coffee?

I recently switched from percolator coffee to espresso. The taste is noticeably better. I feel as if it is common knowledge that espresso coffee is superior to percolator coffee. Why is it different? ...
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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 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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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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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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Is there a way to drip-brew coffee with lower acidity?

How do I brew a good cup of coffee with lower acidity? I want to continue drinking coffee, but the acidity is getting to me. Is their any way to brew coffee so that it isn't so acidic?
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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 ...