How to Be an Expert Coffee Connoisseur Wherever You Are in the World

OK, you’ve heard of wine connoisseurs. But what about coffee connoisseurs? It’s not as silly as it sounds. There are all kinds of coffees in the world, which all come from different areas. Depending on the varying factors of the area the coffee is grown in, it can taste very different. Some are more acidic, while others have a slight chocolate taste to them. It makes sense to be able to differentiate them and know a quality coffee from a cheap coffee. Would you like to be able to recognise a great coffee wherever you may be? Well, read on!

Try Coffee Everywhere You Go

You’re travelling to London? Try the coffee! To Brazil? Try the coffee! Everywhere you go, make sure you have a cup of their coffee. Try to find out where it’s sourced and a little about the cup so you can begin to refine your coffee tasting skills. Hopefully, the coffee house you buy your drink from will know a bit about the coffee they have imported. Bear in mind that coffee is best from the countries where it’s grown; Brazil, Kenya, Costa Rica, and other countries. It’s imported to countries outside of the ‘bean band’ where the coffee is grown. Let’s have a look at different coffees from all around the world:

  • Ethiopian coffee is smooth with a balanced yet busy flavour. Many people report a sweet berry taste.
  • Kenyan coffee is bold, juicy, and sweet. It’s a full, tasty coffee.
  • Sumatran coffee has an earthy aroma and flavour.
  • Jamaican coffee has an earthy, floral taste. It’s very expensive, so make sure you keep a look out for deals if you want to try this kind of coffee.
  • An espresso is a very strong coffee drink used for a quick burst of energy.
  • Cappuccino is a frothy, milkier drink.
  • A latte is made from steamed milk to create a mild, milky coffee.
  • A mocha is a coffee drink infused with chocolate flavouring.

There are many more speciality coffees available too! The taste of the coffee will vary from brand to brand. Have you tried these brands of coffee? They’re said to be some of the best available.

The only bad thing about trying coffee everywhere you go is that you may stop enjoying brands that you once enjoyed. This is because you’ll get used to such a high standard, so you may need to fork out more for a cup. Even then, you might find you’re becoming more of a coffee snob. If you’re OK with this, continue on your journey to becoming a connoisseur!

Use All of Your Senses to Assess the Coffee

Don’t just taste the coffee. Look at the colours of the coffee, smell it, then taste it properly. Don’t just swallow straight away. What undertones does the liquid have? Try to taste different layers and aspects of the drink. You may taste berry flavours or chocolate to name a few examples. Gulping your coffee straight down can be tempting, but you won’t become a connoisseur anytime soon.

Know All About Different Styles of Roasted Coffee

The roasting of the coffee bean is the process that gives coffee its unique flavour. Without roasting, the coffee wouldn’t taste as good as it does! It would still contain caffeine, but it wouldn’t have the traditional taste we’re all used to. The longer the bean is roasted the less caffeine it contains. The beans will change in colour, smell, and taste when roasted. Let’s take a look at the different styles of roasted coffee:

  • Lightly roasted coffee is light brown, with oil on the surface. It has the most caffeine because the longer a bean is roasted, the more caffeine it loses.
  • Medium roasted coffee is medium brown with a strong flavour. Most people say that a medium roast is their favourite kind of coffee.
  • A dark roasted coffee will have a bitter taste. They contain the least amount of caffeine out of all of the roasts.

Read Books

There are books designed to help you become a coffee connoisseur. If you’re serious about becoming knowledgeable on the subject, read up on them to help you! You’ll become an expert in choosing the perfect coffee, and even making your own at home.

Watch Tutorials

There are plenty of tutorials online to help you with your area of expertise. They’ll teach you all about the proper way to taste coffee, and how to identify the different flavours.

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Visit Coffee Plantations

In places like Boquete, you can visit coffee plantations. You’ll be able to try coffee here that you wouldn’t get anywhere else. Make sure you choose a guide to give you a tour of the plantation. On your tour, you’ll learn how to identify different kinds of coffee as well as the different stages involved in making the beans we all know and love.

Tips for Always Drinking the Best Coffee:

  • Pay a premium for coffee beans and you should enjoy a premium coffee. If you’re unwilling to pay much for your coffee beans you probably won’t enjoy a quality brew!
  • You can freshly roast coffee at home, which is sure to impress your guests. However, 12 hours should be left between brewing and drinking.
  • Coffee doesn’t necessarily have an expiry date, but you shouldn’t leave it for too long. It can go a little stale. Treat it like fresh bread and you’ll always drink high quality coffee.
  • You should keep your coffee in an airtight container in a cupboard. Refrigerating coffee can wreak havoc with the taste, so make sure you avoid this.

Stick at It

As with anything, you’ll need to stick at it if you want to become a coffee connoisseur. The more coffee you sample and the longer you stick at it, the better you should get. It may take years, but you’ll earn your title if you stick with it!

Are you going to become a coffee connoisseur after reading this? Leave a comment to let us know!