You might drink coffee every day without thinking about it. Even more complex than wine, coffee has an incredible range of tasting notes and nuances developed by: where it's farmed, how it's processed, and roasted. Here a few quick tips to help you go from an average joe to a Seattle hipster. 1. Start with your nose
From the moment you grind freshly roasted coffee, the coffees aroma will set the stage for your palate. Put your nose to the grounds and breathe in, this will prime your palate and start to give you a sense for the notes and aroma you'll experience. 2. Allow your coffee time to cool
The first thing we tell anyone tasting coffee is to give the coffee 2-4 minutes to cool. You're a human built for survival. If you try to taste a scalding hot beverage, your body will protect you buy shutting down your senses and ensure your brain picks up the 'danger!!' signal first. Once cooled, you'll be amazed at the tasting notes symphony of tasting notes and aroma your cup of coffee can produce. 3. Slurp!
Yep, we're giving you permission to slurp your coffee. Slurping allows your whole palate to experience the coffee. Your taste buds will clue in on the flavor profile. You'll get a sense for how heavy or thin the coffee feels on your tongue. You'll get a sense of how the coffee tastes on the way in and how it finishes.
Coffee tasting will open up your eyes to the variety and range of great farm-to-cup roasts. To get more tips on coffee tasting, check out our blog post: How to Taste Coffee Like a Pro
. Relax, have fun, and enjoy!