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BEFORE ALL ELSE: AFTERTASTE

What is “Aftertaste”?

After swallowing a mouthful of coffee, every one of its elements mingle together, forming what’s known as the aftertaste. Needless to say, the aftertaste is very important. In many cases, it’s what makes a particular blend so unique. Post-imbibement, sip complete, we’re set to ask the magic question. “What does this remind me of?”

And other questions always follow. “Just what notes are present here?” Acidic? Sour? Bitter? Sweet? Umami, perhaps? Or even salty. Often, it’s surprising.

The next consideration must concern the dominant flavour present. Is its balance true and does the aftertaste, too, change? 

The final questions relate to texture. How is the mouthfeel aftertaste? For how long does it last precisely?

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So many things to ponder:

Acidity can be crisp and bright, or mellow and clean.

The sweetness can be pleasant . . . or overpowering.

Excessive bitterness will prove discomforting. It can create a slight scratchy feeling as you swallow. Subtlety is the key.

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Can you adjust the aftertaste?

During brewing, you can adjust almost everything! That said, the aftertaste is particularly tricky. Often times, this is a matter of the roasting technique, but water and coffee bean quality are other factors.

The longest aftertastes are those of espresso drinks and those made with mocha pots. To improve the aftertaste of filter coffee, you can slightly over-extract the coffee, or use a lower ratio. But the best way, as I’ve discovered from my experiences, is to simply use higher temperatures for the coffee brewing. If you spring for this approach, however, be sure to grind your coffee beans less. Otherwise, the coffee can turn out poorly.

One way to achieve a very long, pleasant aftertaste is via the “Slow Drip” method. This involves brewing coffee for a longer period, but without adding much water. For this method, you need a lot passion and a little extra time. This can take ten minutes or more, depending on your coffee beans. The final product is syrupier and creamier, leaving a longer aftertaste on your palate and in your throat.

Cup of coffee and glass of water
Cup of coffee and glass of water

Other things to try . . .

Before enjoying coffee, you can drink or wash your mouth with softer water.

Coffee’s aftertaste can be enhanced by pairing the beverage with particular foods. For medium-dark beans, I recommend cheese . . . but that’s just one example.

Soul aftertaste = memory

If the coffee was good, it might create a memorable aftertaste that will not only leave some hints in the mouth, but also on your soul. You will remember it for a long time and it might motivate you to find a similar experience again.

In my soul I have a couple very nice aftertastes, which I remember until now. They motivate me to continue to discover new magical coffee drinks. Some of my coffee memories were created during the time when I started to be passionate about coffee.

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Kalita wave dripper

FILTERING OUT POOR FILTER CHOICES

Use Cone (Hario V60) or Flat-Bottom Dripper (Kalita, Melitta, Brewista)!

Often times, it’s a difficult decision choosing the right filters for your dripper. Many people give the matter very little thought . . . but this can be a mistake. If you’d like to make an informed decision, read on, as I’ll share my top picks.

The Hario V60’s cone shape and singular, large hole make it easily recognizable. Its conical design results in a consistent stream of water running towards the hole, carrying coffee grinds, like sediment down a miniature waterfall. In my opinion, it’s easy to use, and the final taste is clear and bright.

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Coffee brewing – Cone shape dripper

The main disadvantage is its dripper being quite thick, which can affect the bloom. Furthermore, if you don’t pour in the water correctly, you run the risk of washing away finer parts of grind and blocking the mechanism. By adjusting the water temperature and grinding level, these obstacles can be nonetheless surmounted.

The flat-bottom dripper is a common alternative that allows coffee to drip into the cup. These drippers can have one big or three small holes, and their shape isn’t as sharp as cone models. The bed is thinner but holds the same amount of coffee as their counterpart, which is handy at the bloom stage. Hot water will not remain in contact with the coffee grinds for as long as cona shape drippers either.

The bottom flat also named Kalita wave filter

Control over flavour is achieved by the speed at which one pours water, the temperature of that water, and the consistency of the grind. At the base of flat-bottom drippers, the coffee can stay in contact with water for a longer duration, which helps to release more sugar from the coffee grinds. In my experience, the resultant coffee is more complex. Moreover, you can use fine or coarse grinds to suit your needs.

In conclusion . . .

If you want to make fast but nice-tasting coffee with stronger sharpeners and a clear taste, go for cone-shaped drippers.

If you like experimenting with coffee—creating a novel cocktail of flavours—go for flat-bottom drippers. The final cup tends to be more complex, better balanced, and sweeter.

As for me? I created my own way. I designed an earthen dripper in the pottery studio. It uses flat-bottom filters, but the dripper doesn’t have a sharp shape and features a single hole at center. The best of both worlds as they say!  

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Drops of coffee from Hario dripper, pour-over – Cone shape
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THE ART OF COFFEE DRINKING

There’s nothing quite like a fresh start

Coffee is not just a drink. It’s a wonderful sensational experience!
To fully appreciate the aromas and flavors of our coffee drinks, we should make it a habit to cleanse our mouths properly before taking the first sip.
What’s the best way to cleanse our palates?
There are many different ways. It all depends on us and our preferences.

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DOES DAYLY LIGHT AFFECT FRESHINESS OF COFFEE BEANS?

Coffee beans and light.

Light changes everything…

The stored coffee beans affect :

  1. Air
  2. Moisture
  3. Heat
  4. Light

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Why I Love Filter Coffee So Much

My first memorable experience with coffee was smelling the drink while I was in the kitchen with my mother. She’d put on a pot for herself or friends, and soon our house would be a cafe. The aroma still returns me to those soothing days of youth.

Later on, when I was a teenager, a friend inspired me to discover the magic of coffee more intimately. I tried chewing the beans, and their flavour was new to me—bitter but simply delectable.

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Coffee bean, on back is bowl with coffee beans

As an adult, I began to drink instant coffee and espresso regularly. Though I did appreciate both, nothing could match my love for filter coffee.     

Quality filter coffee offers an unparalleled variety of flavours.  If you focus closely on your coffee drink, you’ll appreciate tones of countless fruits, herbs, and tea flavours. Some components are bitter or spicy, others acidic or spicy. Properly brewed, filter coffee offers a perfect balance of flavours combined with an amazing aroma, texture, and mouthfeel.

Filter coffee may also be called coffee tea. Why? The method of filter coffee preparation is very similar to preparing tea—especially if you prepare coffee via a cotton filter or French press.

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Drom of coffee from cottom filter

This may spark your imagination: filter coffee can also be compared to alcoholic drinks. Pour-over coffee is much like wine. Both drinks are derived from a fruit and bring about similar effects. They put us in a comfortable mood and help to reduce stress. Both display a wide range of flavours, intense aromas, and varying textures. Think about that when having a cup!   

Sticking with this analogy, it might be noted that espresso drinks are more like brandy or cognac—caffeinated fruit-shots. Then, you have many variations of the cocktail: mixes with milk, flavoured syrups, sugars and even spices. What they create tastes little like coffee, which brings me to . . .

The Answer  

So, why do I favour filter coffee? Why do I love it so much? Because I like to enjoy the true flavour (including the aftertaste) of coffee. Likewise, I want the aroma and body—the mouthfeel. I want it all.

Espresso has a short, wild life. I prefer to enjoy my coffee slowly . . . using all of my senses.

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Coffee enjoyer
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ON COFFEE FARM – COFFEE FLOWERS AND COFFEE CHERRIES

Coffee farm

Smart coffee-farmers are also passionate bee-keeper! That way, they are making sure that plenty bees and butterflies are dancing around their coffee-gardens.

Fruitful work enables them to harvest excellent coffee beans. After all, they can also collect and enjoy delicious honey! Continue reading ON COFFEE FARM – COFFEE FLOWERS AND COFFEE CHERRIES

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GREEN COFFEE CLASSIFICATION

Overview

The evaluation and grading of green coffee beans is an important step in ensuring an excellent final cup of coffee. Only the finest quality coffee beans should be used for the preparation of extraordinary coffee drinks. Excellent roasting and brewing practices combined with poor-quality coffee beans will not create memorable coffee experiences. Continue reading GREEN COFFEE CLASSIFICATION

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COFFEE CULTURE IN ASIA

Coffee travel around South – East  Asia

When I was travelling around Asia, I spoke with many local baristas. I also used the chance to participate in various coffee brewing workshops.

I am amazed, how baristas in Asia generally have a strong desire to really understand the complex processes of coffee growing, harvesting, processing, roasting, brewing and tasting. They want to know, how one process has a causal effect on the other processes. Many Asian baristas enjoy tasting coffee knowledgeably. It brings them happiness to understand why for some brews the most notable flavor is blueberry or dark chocolate. Continue reading COFFEE CULTURE IN ASIA

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GREEN COFFEE BEANS CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM – SCAA

History of SCA

SCAA – Specialty Coffee Association of America founded as small group of coffee professionals in 1982. Now is the World largest coffee trade association.

SCAE – Specialty Coffee Association of Europe founded in London on 1998.

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OUTDOOR COFFEE MOMENTS

“Our senses are like a gateway into the world,” says Whitman.
And as we open that gateway through developing our sensory awareness, the world blossoms into a symphony of colors, scents, tastes, sounds, and touch.” – Kenton Whitman, naturalist, writer & educator 

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