A sharp radiance that enhances coffee’s ﬂavors, and delivers a numbing sensation on the sides of the tongue. Almost like drinking lemon juice.
It’s the taste that remains in the mouth after swallowing a sip of coffee.
This may have hints of chocolate, caramel, spiciness, fruitiness, cereals or pralines.
It should however, be relatively long-lasting and be subtle in all instances, leaving a pleasant sensation.
Refers to the coffee’s fragrant smell, which also affects the more subtle aspects of the taste characteristics. When you smell a cup of coffee you can find notes like cereal, cocoa, wood, fruit, citrus, herbal, flowers. Originally some of these notes are found in the coffee bean, roasting will help bringing them all out.
An overall perception and description of the coffee’s distinctive characteristics including Aroma, Acidity, and Body—in essence, flavor is the fusion of these qualities. If none of these characteristics overpowers the others, then the flavor is well-balanced.
A strong twinge or aftertaste on the back of the tongue.
The bitterness adds to the fullness of the ﬂavor of coffee and provides a desirable taste sensation. An attribute considered essential in most coffees.
Coffee preserves its own original sweetness; smooth, mild, palatable and sometimes caramel tastes are captured on the tip of the tongue..
The “mouth-feel” of the coffee as it settles on the tongue, its tactile impression or weight and consistency as perceived in the mouth; the coffee’s heaviness or viscosity (thickness).
Finishes clear, smooth, and gracefully in the mouth; not dry; pure flavor, no changes or twists in the mouth or ending with different after-tastes.