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Among the things I’m learning about coffee as I wait for my first bag of green coffee beans, and with that my first fresh roasted coffee,  is the learned skill of coffee cupping. If you go to all the trouble to procure and roast your own beans, to me it makes sense that you would also have more refined coffee tastes. Ie, to be able to tell grocery store folgers grind from fresh roasted specialty coffees.  Now, the taste difference there is obvious of course, but still,  I’d like to be able to say WHY its different. What is it lacking? What DOES it taste like?

From there you will start being able to discern the differences between fresh roasted / ground coffee and grocery store whole beans that you’ve ground. And so on… The link below is the first part in a series (a long series) about how to provide a coffee cupping demo. The teaching part on how to taste though is very interesting. The different types of taste, the flavours, the body of the coffee and the differences between different regional beans etc, its very interesting.

And if you don’t know what coffee cupping is, by definition in wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_cupping

Coffee cupping, or coffee tasting, is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee.[1] It is a professional practice but can be done informally by anyone or by professionals known as “Master Tasters”. A standard coffee cupping procedure involves deeply sniffing the coffee, then loudly slurping the coffee so it spreads to the back of the tongue. The coffee taster attempts to measure aspects of the coffee’s taste, specifically the body (the texture ormouthfeel, such as oiliness), sweetness (the perceived sweetness at the sides of the tongue), acidity (a sharp and tangy feeling at the tip of the tongue, like when biting into an orange), flavour (the characters in the cup), and aftertaste. Sincecoffee beans embody telltale flavours from the region where they were grown, cuppers may attempt to predict the coffee’s origin.

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Good stuff, and I know there are many other good vids and sites too but if you make it through that series of vids above, you’ll have a lot more info than you started with, I know I did!

My intent is to line up a number of different coffees so I can REALLY taste the difference. My order will be:

  1. Folgers ground coffee – medium roast from grocery store
  2. PC Brand whole beans – medium roast and ground at home before brewing
  3. Fresh roasted beans – medium roast, roasted the day before, ground at home

The diff between 1 and 2 are obvious, and 1 and 3. I’m interested in the difference between 2 and 3. What does fresh roasted coffee add to the flavour, the experience?

Stay tuned for that comparison when my beans arrive!

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