An age old argument is that a true coffee lover takes his cup of joe black as sin. While many will argue otherwise, there is the question of how can one define the true taste of the brew if it is hidden under all the other flavours -milk, vanilla, and whatever spice goes into these gourmet cups. Many see the iced coffee drinks as nothing more than milkshakes – and they are right in some cases.
Why not treat yourself to a coffee tasting afternoon. Talk to your favorite coffee shop and ask them to help you discover your favorite blend of beans. Often they will be excited to help you discover new flavors. Usually they will serve their latest blends but may also include specific roasts or beans from specific regions if you ask. It is a great time to try out Colombian or Sumatran coffee, or any other that you’ve been to shy to order before.
Make it an hour and bring some friends along. Make it a rule that there will be no cream, sugar or any other add ons for the tasting. Don’t forget to note which ones you like and give your barista feedback (and a tip!) about the brew. You can add the stuff in later after you’ve tasted everything.
You might be charged for it (after all you are drinking their supplies) but that’s okay. Oftentimes the rates are different since you aren’t exactly drinking a full cup each time. It is worth it. You might be pleasantly surprised to discover a love of coffee – without frills. You might even discover a new favorite for your morning blend.
[tags] coffee,tasting,roasts,blends,experience,discover,learn [/tags]
Originally posted on December 16, 2006 @ 4:25 pm