Like with wine tasting, coffee tasting is about finding the words to describe what you're reminded of as you sip and smell. It’s a fun way to savor and enjoy your coffee! Here are simple tasting steps:
- Don’t add anything to the coffee for now; just keep it black.
- Let the coffee cool down a bit after brewing. It’s harder to identify specific tastes when the coffee’s piping hot.
- If possible, compare two coffees at once because it's easier to taste comparatively.
- Answer these questions to begin to identify what you're tasting:
How does the consistency of the coffee feel, as you sip and as it coats your tongue? Perhaps like one of the following consistencies:
- Tea, thin (light body)
- Skim milk (medium body)
- Velvety (full body, heavy)
Do any of these words capture the flavors you taste? Choose all that apply. Then, try to dig deeper. If it’s fruity, which fruits best match that type of fruitiness?
Pro tip: Try multiple coffees at once, which makes it easier to contrast and identify flavors!