27 Jul '12, 6pm

Coffee Cupping - A Sensory Experience: Cupping is a systematic method used to evaluate different aspects of a sa...

Even though we're not entirely comfortable even including an overall number because it is the individual sensory inputs that often have the most memorable impact (i.e. very high acidity, strong winey aftertaste, or a bold single taste like maple syrup), the total score still serves as a decent, widely accepted high-level view of how impressive a particular coffee is. The coffee plant is an amazing creation in that hundreds of different chemical compounds can interact in such a way that together they make for a truly impressive experience. Quantitatively, that impressive experience amounts to high scoring coffees - particularly ones with high "balance" scores - and a high score will be evidence of an impressive interaction of the compounds that make the coffee what it is.

Full article: http://www.ineedcoffee.com/07/coffee-cupping/

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