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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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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Chemically, what's happening to coffee after it's brewed?

So I've prepared my coffee in the morning, and transferred it to a thermos flask, where it will only cool down negligibly over the course of the day. Is anything happening to the coffee in the flask? ...
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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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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 gives “diner” coffee its distinctive taste?

At least in the US (and probably elsewhere), late-night diners are a popular place to get a cheap cup of joe. In my experience, diner coffee has a taste that's generally not found elsewhere (most ...
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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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How can I go about developing my ability to taste flavors in coffee?

I've been home-roasting coffee for over a year now, starting with stovetop pan roasting, then moving up to an air popper, and then a small roaster this Christmas. I'm at the point where I can tell a ...
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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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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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Why does coffee taste better out of ceramic cups compared to a paper cup?

I usually drink double espressos and they always seem to taste much better out of a ceramic cup compared to take-away paper cups. I ordered 2 back to back from the same shop within half an hour ...
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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 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 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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Does heating milk influence taste?

When I make coffee in a Cezve, I like to preheat milk. I have an impression that it affects taste beyond just not making the resulting drink colder. It seems that the resulting flavour is fuller-...
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How does pressure affect the flavor of espresso?

I've noticed the water pressure from espresso machines varies from about 12 psi to 22 psi. What effect does this have on flavor?
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Does it make a difference whether the moka lid is open or not?

When brewing coffee with a moka pot, I often leave the lid open so I can better tell when the coffee is ready. Is having the lid off affecting the brewing process in any significant way? I imagine ...
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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 is the basic differences between espresso, cappuccino, and latte?

I'm just getting into the coffee world, and I'm assaulted with words such as latte, espresso, etc. What are the basic differences between coffee preparations like espresso, cappuccino, and latte? Is ...
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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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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 V60 and Aeropress affect flavor

I've heard that the V60 is better for light roasts and the Aeropress is better for Medium to Dark roasts, but could someone describe how these two brewing devices affect the flavor of coffee brewed ...
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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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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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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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Can I get rid of this wood fiber taste?

The first thing I taste when I make coffee is a wood fiber taste. By the second sip, its gone and the coffee tastes tolerable. I buy a Costa Rican Arabica roast from BJ's. I buy several pounds and ...
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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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Are there any disadvantages to shade grown coffee?

Shade grown coffee seems like a great way to support sustainable agriculture in forest areas. From the few examples I have seen these beans seem more expensive than the cheapest brands of bean but it ...
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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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How can I improve this Chemex cold brew method?

I do like my cold brewed coffee but it's difficult and inconvenient for me to make and keep in work due to the time it takes to steep, shared fridge space, etc. I came across this method recently... ...
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How long can I keep my carafe on the warmer?

I've heard that the heater plate of my coffee maker will give my coffee a "burnt" aftertaste. But about how long do I have after brewing? Is the effect more or less immediate, or will the effect not ...
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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 distilled water or water filtered by reverse osmosis affect the taste of coffee?

I've heard some people say not to use distilled water in pour over coffee because the lack of minerals will negatively affect the taste. Is there any evidence for this? How specifically does it affect ...
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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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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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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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What influence do the dry residuals of previous coffee in the cup have on the drinking experience?

At work I usually drink coffee (multiple times daily) from a metallic cup which I actually never ever wash on the inside. This leads to the building of interesting dust-like coffee residuals. While ...
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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 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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How does sugar influence the taste?

I have been told that sugar adds a sour taste to the coffee. Personally I do not put sugar at all in my coffee but I was wondering for the sake of curiosity... Also I always preach to people that do ...
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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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Is there a method to make flavored coffee without syrups?

As far as I've seen, flavored coffee is created by putting the beans in a tumbler with the desired syrup flavor. Is there a method to create flavored coffee without using syrups or other sweeteners?
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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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The pricier the better? [closed]

Simple observation: Whenever I shifted to better coffee, I always had to pay a little bit extra for coffee itself than usual. Does it hold true vice avers? Meaning, if price tag on coffee brand X is ...
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Difference between inverted and normal aeropress?

Can someone tell me the difference between a coffee made using the "normal" aeropress technique and an inverted technique? I know it can vary depending on coffee and brew time etc and overall it's ...
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What sort of sugar to add to coffee?

Sometimes I like to add a bit of sugar to my coffee. Does it matter what sort of sugar I use? Will the type of sugar make any difference to the taste? Does it depend on the type of coffee? White ...
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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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How can I emphasize the sweet, fruity notes of my coffee?

I know light roasts tend to have these flavors more. How can I brew to maximize these flavors? I use an Aeropress, but any answers are useful.
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Does my coffee pot need to be fixed?

So, I have this GREAT cocoa coffee. It is literally the best coffee I have ever tasted. I know, big statement. Anyways, I recently moved out and had to buy a new coffee pot. :( Well, my coffee ...
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Coffee brewed without filter taste less bitter and sour?

So my roommate and I have been a bit intrigued by brewed coffee after watching tokyo ghoul (lol) We got some BonCafe grounds(southeast asia brand) at a supermarket and brewed it with a filter. Have ...