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maximemeunier
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Posted Wed Mar 3, 2010, 10:47am
Subject: Where to start? Witch coffee?
 

Hi again everyone!

I would like to know what coffee will you suggest me to start coffee with?

I mean.. I want to know if there is A coffee that taste something specific and clear, with lesser ambiguity. Just to know what, for example, is a "chocolate taste" or what is a "nut taste", etc....

I don't know if you understand what I mean?


Thanks a lot!

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Posted Wed Mar 3, 2010, 4:25pm
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I think that you mean "which coffee?" instead of "witch coffee?"  The second is kind of funny.  But I applaud your skill in English! - it is a strange language, and you write very well.  =)

maximemeunier Said:

Just to know what, for example, is a "chocolate taste" or what is a "nut taste", etc....

Posted March 3, 2010 link

All coffees have a mix of flavors.  Likewise, all people interpret the tastes a little differently.  When I was discussing the flavors of a coffee recently I said it reminded me of candied fruit and oranges.  Another poster said it reminded him of raisins.  I don't like raisins so I never thought of describing it this way, but on a second tasting I understood what he meant.

However, experienced coffee tasters, and even relative newbies, will probably agree upon the top 2-3 flavors.  And everyone can have fun comparing the lesser characteristics that make each coffee unique.

I think that the best way to understand differences in coffee is by comparison testing of single origin coffees from good roasters.  Use a french press, Aeropress (my favorite), Chemex, or classic cupping technique and brew coffee from two different places at the same time.  Have some friends join you and offer their opinions too, if you want.  Learning the common terminology (acidity, brightness, mouthfeel, etc.) helps, but the key is just trying a bunch of coffees over time.  I would recommend starting with coffees from different continents - compare a South American coffee to an African one - then compare different countries - Ethiopians vs. Kenyans.

maximemeunier Said:

I want to know if there is A coffee that taste something specific and clear, with lesser ambiguity.

Posted March 3, 2010 link

Good roasters will have good descriptions.  I really like Counter Culture Coffee here in the States, but I'm not sure what options are available in Quebec.  If you are still looking for a specific recommendation, I would get a coffee from Kenya.  Very generally speaking, African coffees have more fruitiness than South American ones.  Kenyan coffees often have very distinct wine / red berries notes.  Good Kenyans can be very dramatic and clear.  (Other coffees can be too, though)

This is completely my opinion, but I also think that warm flavors like "chocolate and nut" are less distinct than specific fruit flavors.  To me, Columbian coffees have lots of brown sugar, caramel, and chocolate, but these flavors are all mixed together.  In contrast, CCC's Ethiopian Sidamo was distinctly honey and lemon.

Hope that helps!
Matt

 
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maximemeunier
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Espresso: La Pavoni Professional
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Drip: Aeropress
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Wed Mar 3, 2010, 5:31pm
Subject: Re: Where to start? Witch coffee?
 

Hi!

Thanks for this exhaustive thread ! And ... by the way, the for the little english class! haha, I agree that it's funny! :-)

For the main subject, I'm very happy to know those new info. I've found a nice coffee shop in Québec (the capital) and soon I will buy some Kenya coffee

It's a very good idea to compare 2 different coffee from 2 continents.


I'll try you clues and give you some news after!


Thanks a lot!

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