How To Taste Coffee

The BisiBean Way

There are a few basic things you want to look out for when cupping (tasting) coffee.

First smell the ground coffee and note the fragrance and then smell the cup and note the aromaCoffee tasting is all about smell. See the right-hand side of the tasting wheel below for the specific aromas to look out for in coffee. The coffee should tell you most about itself before you drink it.

Then take a big slurp of coffee, covering your entire tongue (make sure it’s cool enough first) and look for the following: acidity (like the difference between flat and sparkling water or sweet and dry wine); overall flavour and specific flavours (Left hand side of the flavour wheel below); body (the weight or syrupiness of the drink); and finally the aftertaste.

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