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Posted Wed Dec 2, 2009, 9:49pm
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mcKoffee Said:

Spitting out the coffee is the normal procedure when cupping coffee. Not speculation. Ask any coffee professional. It's a mandatory part of the procedure else would be impossible to do the cupping necessary to evaluate the number of coffees necessary.

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Hmmm. Well I guess that really would explain why the folks at *$ don't realize how bitter that stuff is! Keep in mind that I'm not questioning that it's how cuppings are done, just the wisdom of it.
I think I like the BJCP's way of doing things a little more though, just bring in as many judges as you can so you can rotate them before sensory overload (or alcohol) starts to have an effect on the results of the competition.
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Posted Tue Dec 8, 2009, 8:28pm
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mcKoffee Said:

Last Sunday afternoon I spent 1.5hrs pulling and tasting 36 shots of 6 different beans.

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How in the world did you try 36 shots and still be able to differentiate the variants?

 
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Posted Mon Dec 28, 2009, 10:58pm
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Even with spitting, the caffeine is absorbed not from the stomach nor intestines, but sublingually. Just underneath the tongue, there is a plexus of rich veins, where substances can be absorbed readily; one can just look at this area in the mirror. For example, nitroglycerin, commonly used in chest pain, is placed in this area.

Additionally, diffierent individuals metabolize caffeine differently. People with high cytochrome CYP1A2 (an enzyme in the liver) activity have decreased metabolism of caffeine.
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Posted Tue Dec 29, 2009, 9:27am
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I was told that broccoli helps digest caffine. I have never went and proven this theory, but the lady who told me is a very talented and very smart barista who taught me more or less everything I know. I dunno the effectiveness though in terms of tasting, such as having broccoli taste in your mouth between sipping on espresso and how that would effect it. but I dunno, maybe. you should try and let me know what the results are
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I was told bananas are helpful, something about the potassium, but I'm not sure how much basis in reality this has.

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Posted Wed Jan 6, 2010, 5:11pm
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mcKoffee Said:

Spitting out the coffee is the normal procedure when cupping coffee. Not speculation. Ask any coffee professional. It's a mandatory part of the procedure else would be impossible to do the cupping necessary to evaluate the number of coffees necessary.

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But is spitting common while tasting espresso?  The range and intensity of flavors is fairly different.  Does the balance require more of the tongue?  Anyone know what the WBC judges do?

 
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Posted Wed Jan 6, 2010, 5:16pm
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Spitting is normal in wine judging, too.

 
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Posted Wed Jan 6, 2010, 8:27pm
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Beaulieu Said:

I was told that broccoli helps digest caffine. I have never went and proven this theory, but the lady who told me is a very talented and very smart barista who taught me more or less everything I know. I dunno the effectiveness though in terms of tasting, such as having broccoli taste in your mouth between sipping on espresso and how that would effect it. but I dunno, maybe. you should try and let me know what the results are

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I know that broccoli is very high in vitamin K as is spinach.

 
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