jmv7000 Senior Member Joined: 10 Apr 2010 Posts: 22 Location: Burbank Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:13pm Subject: Re: How coffee should taste and why people think it is bitter.
I try to explain good coffee by comparing it to wine. Good wine is complex, good, not offensive to the taste, and yet no two wines are similar whether it be year to year or region to region. There is a development that MUST take place in our pallate. I'm sure I pick up on soooo many more flavors now than I did a few years ago. . . . And then there's the Elephant in the room, is the coffee mixed with smoking? That will influence judgments.
ATobin Senior Member Joined: 1 Nov 2011 Posts: 15 Location: Montreal Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Gaggia Classic, Presso,... Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Tue Apr 17, 2012, 5:12pm Subject: Re: How coffee should taste and why people think it is bitter.
In this discussion on bitterness, it's probably good to keep in mind that as long as your coffee contains caffeine that your beverage will be somewhat influenced by this very concise definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caffeine
Posted Thu Apr 19, 2012, 10:28am Subject: Re: How coffee should taste and why people think it is bitter.
Caffeine is very bitter, but it's diluted in a relatively large amount of liquid and masked by other flavors. It's certainly not the primary contributor to bitterness in low-quality coffee. For those saying this is just unfounded opinion, it's not: I did a semi-blind test in which I added an additional ~150 mg of caffeine in powder form into one cup and none into the other. I couldn't tell the difference at all. Granted, it wasn't the most scientific of tests, but it was enough to convince me.
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