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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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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How can I determine the origins of coffee beans in a blend?

Is there a method exist to understand the type of the beans in a blend? More specifically, I will be glad if I can find a quantitative way to determine the origins of the beans in a blend or if this ...
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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 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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What makes Brazilian coffee unique compared to coffee from other countries?

Can you tell me what makes Brazilian coffee unique?
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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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Would 2 small V60 brews (1 cup each) be less bitter than 1x large (2 cup) brew?

I regularly brew my V60 for myself and my girlfriend on the weekends. However today I was wondering if I were to brew 2 separate batches instead one 1 big batch, would I get a less bitter cup? I'm ...
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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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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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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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What coffee and roast are best for Turkish?

Following a stream of very good discussions about aspects of Turkish coffee preparation, here's a question about coffee selection. Different brewing methods are thought to highlight different aspects ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 do various factors interact in preparation? [closed]

Obviously, differencies in a bunch of parameters yield variance in flavour and acidity? This is not only temperature, but also time (from the rapid espresso to Cezve to all-nighter cold brews), amount ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How do I make an exceptional cup of coffee with an aeropress? [closed]

The AeroPress seems like a great portable coffee maker. How can I get the best cup of coffee out of it? How much coffee should I use, and how fine should I grind it? How much water should I add, and ...
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What affects coffee quality? [closed]

When I go to a coffee shop, I see many different coffees. There are these cheap powdered coffees that don't taste too good, ground coffee, and whole coffee beans. On the internet or in specialty shops,...
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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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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) ...