We are all different, and we all have our own individual preferences and taste. Some like sour things while others prefer bitter items, some like fruity tastes, and others like floral tastes… and so on!
So is the case with everyone’s taste in coffee.
Here are a few guidelines to help you make your choice of the coffee(s) that best suits you. One you will drink every morning.
Taste and Color of Coffee
Coffee nerds like myself, like to classify coffees according to their aromatic profile or more precisely their taste.
Taste is the totality of sensations experienced in the nose and in the mouth.
There are, of course, aromas (fragrances in the mouth), but also flavors (salty, sweet, etc.), textures (silky, astringent, etc.), body (weight of the coffee in the mouth or density), nervous sensations of spiciness or refreshment, etc.
Taste is everything, while aromas are only a part of it.
Here, to explain the taste of coffee better, we propose three different groups: aroma, flavors, body.
Different Flavors of Coffee
Here are the most sought-out flavors of your favorite drink:
There are so many floral smells to discover and enjoy in your local café!
Yet, some coffees are particularly floral and are beloved by many coffee lovers for their sweet extractions.
Some of the most common floral scents are jasmine, hawthorn, especially honeysuckle, and rose and chamomile, violet, and citrus.
“A basket of fruit!” “This cup is a real fruit basket!”
How many times have we heard the wonder of a richly fruity coffee?
In wine, we talk about nuts, red fruits, black fruits, white fruits, small fruits such as currants or blackcurrants, citrus fruits, and tropical fruits. Berries such as cranberries, cranberries, juniper are often included in this group.
In coffee, it’s the same thing but not always the same basket because apples and grapes are not always present.
The coffees that seem immediately fruity are the natural coffees, fermented by dry fermentation or carbonic maceration.
They are often explosive!
Some coffees exude the taste of red fruits like strawberry and raspberry.
Others have a distinct scent of blueberry and blackberry apricot, peach, and pear.
The fruity taste is not only found in natural coffees, but some are also manufactured in a way that some coffee varieties carry these scents.
Another category of fruits, dried fruits are very popular with coffee lovers.
In fact, gourmet coffee is an ode to this aromatic family since almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts are all part of it.
Add the pecan and you have the four great nutty aromas of coffee.
Chocolaty Taste of Coffee
The chocolate notes come in several shades:
- dark chocolate,
- milk chocolate,
- white chocolate.
Although these categories are a real eye-catcher for chocolate lovers, they are still delicious for the vast majority.
Coffee was once considered a spice but that’s not what we are talking about.
Spices such as black or green pepper, coriander, cinnamon, cloves are common. Their taste can be more or less pronounced depending on the roasting process.
You can also seldom find cardamom, paprika, espelette pepper, and many others.
Mild coffees delight the palate, especially in espresso, with their roundness and suave first taste.
The sweetness is particularly appreciated by Latin coffee lovers in France and Southern Europe.
Coffees from islands and moderate altitudes are always very mild. But coffee from high altitudes can also be quite sweet.
Lively Coffee Taste
The liveliness or pleasant acidity is much sought after in the community of specialty coffee lovers because it allows the complexity of a coffee to express itself and because it is one of the signs of high altitude coffees.
It gives freshness to the coffee and, above all, enhances its aromas.
It is often perceived as opposed to sweetness, but flavors are not exclusive.
A well-balanced coffee is precisely a coffee that is both mild and lively.
Often used by coffee lovers, “full-bodied” is understood as intense, powerful, and marked by a beautiful bitterness.
These are coffees often used for espresso or Italian coffee, where concentrated liquor is appreciated.
They are often also marked by their sweetness and fullness.
Lightness is not necessarily popular in the coffee world and in France and Southern Europe, is often associated with a lack of substance.
But nay, lightness is not always unbearable! Quite the contrary!
Some of the greatest coffees can appear very light in the mouth and yet be wildly complex in aroma and taste.
The famous sock juice, like the color of coffee, which is often expected to be black, is never a gradient of its quality or expressiveness.
They please and are much sought-after by filter coffee lovers in particular, who call them tea-like.
The Geisha is undoubtedly the epitome of this lightness and light color.
And yet, with a silky texture, and an explosion in the mouth!
Description of Acidity in Coffee
In coffee, contrary to many tastings, the coffee lover plays at naming the acidities.
If it reminds you of the roundness and volume of the apple, so it is malic.
It’s lactic if the taste resembles yogurt and kefir.
If it reminds you of scotch glue, olives, cocoa beans, or even vinegar, so it is acetic.
Parmesan or papaya? It’s formic.
With lemon, it’s citric, etc…
All our coffees, a sign of their high quality, are characterized by pleasant and melted acidities, but these are more or less present in the mouth.
Pick a Time of Day
Tell me when you drink your coffee and I’ll tell you which coffee to drink!
WHO recommends drinking 5 coffees a day because some people will choose to drink them all at once. Whereas, others will choose to spread them out over the whole day, from breakfast to dinner and including the coffee break.
It’s up to you to choose, we have a list of coffees for every moment and every occasion!
Breakfast is the time to wake up in the morning and have a cup of coffee!
Wake-up coffees are then appreciated, they are chocolatey, sweet coffees that get us up from our bed.
The coffee break, a former snack time, was invented by the Collectif Café in the 1960s and has given rise to a real ritual essential to the smooth running of organizations.
In fact, it is within our working hours that we drink the most coffee!
So, what kind of coffee to drink at this time of exchange, concentration, and activity?
The more caffeinated coffees are generally appreciated as much as the more aromatic ones, which could be perceived as too exuberant and not “comfortable” enough for breakfast.
After lunch, what to drink? Well, that depends on lunch!
In the Afternoon
And some kind of coffee time or second coffee break. We often prefer aromatic and mildly extracted coffees.
In the Evening
Yes, evenings can also be a time for coffee. Either because you are not very sensitive to the effects of caffeine. Or because you like coffee in which case you can opt for decaf.
Which Type of Coffee?
This is often a question that comes up again and again from amateurs, and in view of the previous paragraphs, it seems clear that we are pushing for an answer. Should you choose Filter Coffee or Espresso?
We appreciate both depending on the moment and the day. Filter coffee has more finesse, freshness, and complexity. But it cannot compare with the smooth extraction of the rich and concentrated generosity of fine espresso.
Espresso enhances the intensity and richness of the coffee. While filtered coffee brings out the natural flavors.
Time to Pick a Coffee Taste You Like Most
This concludes all we have compiled from our knowledge to help you make a good coffee anytime, anywhere.
Now you know how to choose your coffee according to your taste.