The first time I tried “tasting coffee”, not just “drinking” coffee.
I took a sip… I thought…really hard. ‘What am I tasting?’ It’s…It’s… "Coffee."
I slumped back in my seat. Dang. I had always heard people talk about these ‘flavors’ they were finding in coffee. They were always very confident too - absolutely assured that this was the description of the coffee.
I think that’s what made it so challenging (and intimidating) at the beginning. Everyone else who was able to taste these things, they seemed like they were on a completely different level above me, like they had some special ability I didn’t have.
All I tasted was bitter and…well…coffee. You know that coffee taste.
What I eventually discovered was that tasting coffee, when it comes down to it, is quite simple.
If you hear someone express - "This tastes like lemons and chocolate! This tastes like raspberries! This tastes like blueberries! This tastes like roasted walnuts and cocoa! "
These aren’t added flavors in the coffee. These are flavors which are a result of how the coffee is grown, processed, roasted, and brewed (and a thousand other important points along the way). These flavors can be brought out with the simple addition of water to the coffee - nothing else.
So how do you discover them? How do you get to the point where you can feel comfortable and confident to drink a coffee and say ‘Oh, awesome, blueberries!’ ?
Schedule your own private coffee tasting event and be introduced to a simple process that will help you start to identify flavors that YOU can taste in coffee too! No skills required.