Since you-know-what began, we’ve been making more coffee at home than we’ve ever done before.
Maybe you’ve hit on a coffee you love, and that’s what you’re sticking with.
That’s a good thing…and a bad thing.
You have essentially fallen into a limited coffee palate.
There is a whole world of coffee to explore.
By expanding your coffee palate, you’ll develop the ability to identify different tastes, aromas, and subtle complexities in some incredible coffee.
How to expand your coffee palate
It’s all about trying coffee from different regions of the world.
We have a variety of roasts from the many roasters right here in our backyard.
Depending upon the brew method, coffee can taste differently.
Therefore, trying a few different brew methods with the same coffee beans can reveal diverse nuances.
Keep a coffee journal for notes on the brew method and what flavour profiles you detect.
Compare your notes with how the expert coffee tasters have described the coffee.
The Coffee Bean Belt: World’s coffee-growing regions
Coffee is grown in some 70 countries that lie within a horizontal band circling the globe.
This ecompasses all of the world’s coffee-growing regions.
Known as the Bean Belt, all coffee-growing countries have tropical climates, fertile soil and desirable, high altitudes for coffee trees to thrive.
Every region has unique characteristics that influence the flavour profiles of the coffee they produce.
Three Primary Coffee Regions: The Americas, Africa and Asia
Lush, tropical Central American countries that include El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama and Honduras produce coffees with a range of flavour profiles from nutty and citrus to floral and spicy.
Outside of the three main coffee-growing regions, some stellar coffees come from Puerto Rico, Kona coffee grown on the Big Island of Hawaii, and Blue Mountain coffee from Jamaica.
Expand your coffee palate (Do it your way):
Don’t worry if you can’t detect the exact flavour notes the experts have tasted.
We all interpret flavour differently.
Roasted coffee beans contain more than 800 chemical compounds that contribute to aroma and flavour.
As you try a wide variety of coffees, it will lead you towards flavour profiles you enjoy while expanding your coffee palate.
If you are looking to experiment and expand your coffee palate, Roaster Central is your buddy here.
They offer a variety of roasts and flavour profiles delivered right at your door.
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