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As a coffee lover, you might want to know what a new variety would
taste like â€“ for example, maybe you'd like to try Papua New Guinea A –
but are worried you won't like it. There are many taste profiles from
the different coffee growing regions around the globe.Â A broad
description of these would be:
First, you'll need to figure out if you want to try a medium roasted or
a dark roasted coffee. I know that sounds elementary, but youâ€™d be
surprised how many people will ask for a variety that brews a robust cup
of coffee when a lot of the time what they really want is a darkroasted coffee.
Each specialty coffee requires different degrees of heat and roasting
time to achieve its optimum flavor. What this means is that a Sumatran
will require more heat (and need to be darker roasted) than say, a
Colombian would, to get the most flavor out of it. If a coffee is
under-roasted it will tend to be a little bitter, but if it's
over-roasted, some of the flavor will be roasted out, and it will taste a
bit flat (and probably burnt).
African coffees are usually
acidic in flavor, and winey is a term often used for their dry, bright
taste. Kenyan, Tanzanian and Zimbabwean are good examples of coffees
with these characteristics. Ethiopian coffees from Harrar can have
floral, fruity tastes, while those from Yrgacheffe are known for their
The coffees from the Americas are usually
smooth, crisp and clean with bright aftertastes. Examples of these are
Costa Rican, Guatemalan, Mexican and Colombian. Personally, I feel that
Colombian coffees are some of the most consistent tasting from year to
year. Some of these coffees, like those from Brazil & Nicaragua,
have a nutty, or buttery smooth taste. And Hawaiian Kona has a sweetness
to it that makes it a truly special cup of coffee, indeed.
Indonesian coffees have good body, similar to a bold red in the wine
world. Some people mistakenly call this taste “strong”, but strong
coffee is just Â brewed strongly – with extra coffee. Coffees from this region include Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi and Indian among others.
Another useful tip to consider when tasting coffees is they should be
sampled hot, warm and at room temperature. Coffees that are just brewed
can have their tastes masked by the high heat. These flavors will become
more pronounced as the cup cools. You should enjoy the flavor of a
cooler cup as much as you did when it was hot. Be aware though that,
conversely, taste and aroma characteristics can appear fleetingly just