Learning about coffee for the first time, you would think baristas spend more time on the process. Grinding the beans, tamping the grinds correctly, and extracting the most out of your pull. That is all true, and at the same time they learn about flavor. Understanding why flavor contributes to how we enjoy coffee is like wine tasting. References to the country of origin, descriptions of dominate and subtle notes, and the sharing of single vs various beans that make the coffee's unique blend are always up for discussion.
In the beginning, if you are not use to coffee or are not paying attention, people often say they can only taste if the coffee is a light, medium or dark roast. There is nothing wrong with that at all. Yet if you take a moment and space out your taste in 3 sips, you will notice there is a difference. When you taste something new or for the first time that day, your taste buds will pick up different flavors. As you continue to taste your coffee, more flavors will emerge that you didn't notice before. They are slight at first, yet become more noticeable as you enjoy your cafe. Use food that you know as a baseline to describe these flavors and that will help you identify them. This can help you pair your coffee with your favorite meal or snack.
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