Four Cups of Coffee

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Anna and Joel volunteered to host the first tasting of 2017 in their home. The cold and the falling snow outside was perfect weather for a late-morning coffee tasting.

My husband had to drive to Ambler to purchase some locally-roasted beans. Our newest supplier is only open Thursday and Saturday mornings. It is worth following their schedule, because the “farmer’s market” that also sells their beans adds $6/lb to the price they charge.

While he was purchasing a pound of Aged Sumtra, I caught a ride with our neighbors. When we all arrived, our hosts had the table set and our Coffee Tasting Charts ready.

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Our newest guest got to figure out what the proper ratio of grounds to hot water should be.

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We tried her Guatamalan bean brew first.

Aroma: earthy, nutty

Acidity: low (some said tart)

Body: tea-like

Flavor: sour, cocoa (most said bitter)

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Next, we used a fancy hand grinder for our Aged Sumatra.

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We were a bit hasty on the brew. So the characteristics weren’t as pronounced as they could have been.

Aroma: cardboard, earthy (nutty)

Acidity: pointed

Body: velvety

Flavor: sour (some also added “bitter”)

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Our neighbors’ beans were also from Parry Coffee Roasters. The Kenya AA+ brew was prefered by all.

Aroma: floral, cocoa (earthy)

Acidity: low

Body: medium, round

Flavor: complex, cocoa, fruit

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Our host and hostess brewed Fresh Market’s Blend. Perhaps some of its downfall was it’s place in the tasting. After 3 other samples, your sensory faculties can get worn out.

Aroma: old, dirty, stale (several people described it as “Industrial”)

Acidity: low

Body: heavy / medium

Flavor: cocoa, stale

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Anna’s breakfast casserole, some cheese bread, and a bowl of fruit were a welcome finish to our Saturday morning get-together.

 

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