Written by JulieReading time 3 min
Coffee is way more than just a beverage, it’s an experience. A good cup of coffee can transport you to another world, and every cup is different. From the aroma to the taste to the texture, there are so many elements that make up a great coffee. And to truly savour your coffee, you need to engage all your senses. In this article, we’ll take a look at the art of using your senses to enjoy your coffee to its fullest potential.
How to savour coffee?
There is only one rule to savour coffee properly: use your senses! There are three stages to a tasting: visual examination, olfactory examination and gustatory examination. First of all, here is a little advice before you start your tasting. Rinse your mouth with a little water (preferably spring water or filtered water).
Tasting a coffee: The olfactory examination
To begin, you will have to use your sense of smell. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to discover the aromas of your coffee only by smelling it. There are two ways to conduct an olfactory test:
- “Dry” is the first stage, this allows you to feel the intensity of the aromas. Here, no water is used, the ground coffee is appreciated at its true value.
- Wet or extract: make your extraction. First smell the aromas released by your drink and then stir your coffee to appreciate new aromas.
The coffee taste test
Now it’s time to enjoy your coffee! And your taste buds are going to be a great ally! You will be able to analyse the body (sensation of fullness in the mouth), the aromatic intensity, the acidity, the bitterness or the sweetness.
Tasting my espresso in 3 sips
Tip before you start: drink it within two minutes of extraction, as the bitterness develops as the coffee cools.
- The first sip allows you to analyse the body (mouthfeel) and crema of your espresso. The crema is the top layer of an espresso, similar to a foam, and is composed of the emulsified fats of the coffee grind.
- After 20 seconds, you can take your second sip and define the intensity of bitterness, sugar, acidity. You can rate it from 1 to 10.
- With the last sip, you can analyse and detect the aromas with the famous aroma wheel.
Tasting a coffee, my gentle method 4 steps :
- Your first task is to analyse the body of your coffee.
- The second is to determine the different flavours (through saliva). There are 5 flavours: sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami.
- The third step is to find the aromas in your cup.
- The last step allows you to determine whether your drink is more pungent, hot, warm or astringent. These are called trigeminal sensations.
Savouring coffee isn’t just about drinking it – it’s about fully experiencing and appreciating all of its unique characteristics. By using your senses and following these steps, you can elevate your coffee experience and truly enjoy every cup. So take your time, embrace your inner coffee expert, and enjoy the delicious flavours and aromas of your favourite coffee.
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