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  1. 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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  2. Bright Coffee

    Bright Coffee

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

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  3. Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate...

    Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate...

    A few coffees where chocolate notes take the spotlight.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Taste and Price: When Values Shift - DUPLICATE

    Taste and Price: When Values Shift - DUPLICATE

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  8. 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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  9. Podcast: Tasting and Coffee Lexicons

    Podcast: Tasting and Coffee Lexicons

    Describing the basic flavors of coffee.

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  10. Kenya Fundamentals

    Kenya Fundamentals

    Kenyan coffees are masterpieces. They're the total package.

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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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El Salvador Cascara vs Yemen Qishr

El Salvador Cascara vs Yemen Qishr

 

Once in a while, the staff at Sweet Maria's takes a few minutes to come together and taste a coffee as a group and compare notes. Recently, we got together to compare Sweet Maria's unusual offerings of tea. Our El Salvador Cascara and Yemen Qishr were tasted side by side and each proved to be very unique. The Qishr came off as the more subtle contender while the Cascara was a bit more bold, super fruity, juicy. Our staff discovered spicy hints of jamaica, hibiscus, tamarind and fruit in general.

We found that adding a bit of honey changed the taste dramatically and made us curious as to what a little cream would bring (we don't normally have cream/creamer/milk around here). Curious? There are a lot possibilities...cream, sugar, cooking, sauces, baking, beer brewing....and iced tea!

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