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  1. Coffee Tasting at Sweet Maria's - Nov. 16th

    Coffee Tasting at Sweet Maria's - Nov. 16th

    Sign up for our upcoming tasting event.

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  2. What The He — Is Jasmine?

    What The He — Is Jasmine?

    So, what is the taste and smell of jasmine? Yirgacheffes often have the most clear-cut jasmine notes of any coffee, but...

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  3. Bright Coffee

    Bright Coffee

    Here's a few coffees with exciting, snappy, zingy, citrusy, tart, vibrant notes

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  4. Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate...

    Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate...

    A few coffees where chocolate notes take the spotlight.

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  5. Sugar Cupping Part 2 -- Rough outline

    Sugar Cupping Part 2 -- Rough outline

    This is a very educational exercise you can easily try at home.

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  6. Sugar Cupping

    Sugar Cupping

    Sometimes tasting something that isn't coffee can help you learn more about what your coffee tastes like.

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  7. Taste and Price: When Values Shift

    Taste and Price: When Values Shift

    I recently caught glimpse of this and found it very thought-provoking.

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  8. Taste and Price: When Values Shift - DUPLICATE

    Taste and Price: When Values Shift - DUPLICATE

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  9. Podcast:More About Coffee Lexicons

    Podcast:More About Coffee Lexicons

    Cupping and talking about the taste lexicon of coffee with Tom and Chris Schooley

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  10. Podcast: Tasting and Coffee Lexicons

    Podcast: Tasting and Coffee Lexicons

    Describing the basic flavors of coffee.

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  11. Tasting: Cupping vs. Filtered Brewing

    Tasting: Cupping vs. Filtered Brewing

    tasting differences in two roasts, and then tasting the differences in the same coffees via different methods

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  12. There's No Accounting for Taste

    There's No Accounting for Taste

    This has been a very challenging week for cupping. Why? I can't taste.

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Drinking vs. Tasting

Drinking vs. Tasting

I come back to this thought very often, the difference between tasting or cupping coffee and drinking it.  I spend most of my time cupping, really thinking about what I am tasting, holding the coffee in my mouth and thinking about what makes it unique.  Sometimes, rarely, I just drink it. That is probably the opposite of what most folks do!  I thought I would post a link to this You Tube video again - Drinking Coffee vs. Tasting Coffee. I made and posted that video over a year ago - but it is a crucial point that I think of over and over again. -  Tom

  1. John
    October 6, 2018
    Hi Tom,

    I just stumbled on your website today and it's a wealth of info. Thanks for sharing! I'm a coffee lover but I feel like I still have a lot to learn and I want to take it to the next level. Recently I'm particularly interested in learning how to articulate or describe coffee flavors when I'm tasting/drinking. This morning I had a cup of Americano at Mission Coffee in Fremont and the only thing I knew was that it tasted like a coffee I had at Peregrine in DC and they both had distinctive flavors. I wish I could describe what I tasted. I guess I'll just have to keep drinking and maybe focus on single flavors first and later learn more complex flavor combinations.

    Cheers,
    John
  2. Byron from Sweet Maria's Coffee
    October 10, 2018
    John, you are on the right track. Keep drinking different coffees and don't forget to actually enjoy them! You can also take a look at SCA's flavor wheel and the charts that we use on our coffee pages to give yourself an idea of how to separate the flavors your are tasting.
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