The main problem with descriptors is that they don’t always match what we actually taste. This is for two reasons:
Taste is very personal. We all perceive tastes differently; it’s down to our genes: which is why we like some foods which other people dislike. We also describe tastes differently, based on our experience. Tastes and smells trigger memories and memories are very different in each of us. For example a keen gardener may relate tastes to smells around their garden.
There are several different variables when brewing coffee that affect taste, such as: the chosen brew method, age of the coffee, degree of roast, water to grinds ratio, coarseness of the grinder, water makeup, water temperature, brewing time etc.
With the Paralympics starting later today, I thought it was the perfect time to share with you some completely inconclusive and unscientific proof that drinking good coffee will make you a super-awesome, podium-topping athlete. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve been holding off writing this post for weeks now as I didn’t want to jinx the summer. But seeing as summer’s nearly over and we still haven’t had much sun here, I’ve decided now’s the time to bite the bullet.
I first fell in love with ice coffee many many years ago when I was in Thailand. Something cool, refreshing and also stimulating was perfect for travelling round a hot tropical country. It was also super sweet, which made it moreish; as Thai ice coffee is usually made with condensed milk. Whilst I thought this style of ice coffee was fantastic back then, my palate has developed a little since and other than as a very occasionally guilty pleasure, I’m now after something a bit more sophisticated, less like a dessert. Read the rest of this entry »
However there was one thing he said which I don’t agree with:
“I firmly believe that espresso should be left in the coffee shop. Let the professionals do it because there are so many things that can go wrong and the equipment is so expensive. Brewed coffee, on the other hand, is something you can do brilliantly at home, if you follow a few very basic rules.”
What better way to relax on a Friday afternoon then watch two videos about coffee. The first one is an oldie, made in 1961 by the Coffee Brewing Institute. The second, part of a lecture by Steven Johnson Read the rest of this entry »