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            Evaluating a Coffee's Essential Flavor Traits    
           
          September 12, 2010    
         

Experts are likely to agree on the overall quality of a particular coffee based on an evaluation known as "cupping"—a blind taste test conducted by a team of reviewers to rate a coffee—but they rarely score a coffee's key flavor traits identically. This is because each professional approaches the cupping process with different coffee palates. The same holds true for all coffee drinkers. Each of us defines a great cup of coffee based on widely disparate taste preferences and experiences.

As a rule, there are five general coffee characteristics against which a coffee is evaluated: aroma, sweetness, acidity, body, and finish. These traits contribute significantly to a coffee's flavor profile.

   
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
 
               
         
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                TAGS: COFFEE TRAIT: AROMA, COFFEE TRAIT: SWEETNESS, COFFEE TRAIT: ACIDITY, COFFEE TRAIT: BODY, COFFEE TRAIT: FINISH      
 
               
                   
         
 
   
               
                 
                       
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