The coffee industry uses a colorful flavor wheel. Created by the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) in 1995, it helped to define what specialty coffee was and at the same time helped position it away from commercial coffee. The flavor wheel describes some of coffee’s unique fragrances and aromas, along with helping cuppers to identify characteristics that could be ‘off’ in coffee flavor.
How does the wheel work?
After 21 years, the SCAA released an updated Flavor Wheel earlier this year. The wheel maintains its beautiful kaleidoscopic appearance of comprehensive data that makes an outsider marvel at the complexity of a simple cup of coffee. Starting at the center of the wheel, a taster can determine if it tastes fruity, nutty, green, etc, work outwardly from there to hone in on other flavors. This is the basic function of the flavor wheel.
To dig deeper, you need to grab the World Coffee Research Sensory Lexicon. This tool is used as the universal language of coffee’s sensory qualities and measurements. It’s a step in understanding what causes coffee to taste, smell and maintain its texture. Created by sensory experts and coffee industry leaders, the lexicon uses sensory science to understand a coffee’s primary quality with a way to replicate those measurements.
Coffee is one of the most chemically complex things we consume and it all starts with the bean. Inside that coffee bean is a complex molecular and genetic code determined by the seed. That seed’s genes are affected by how and where the coffee was grown, and by everything it has experienced since leaving the tree, including the processing, drying, milling, storage, transport, roasting, brewing and so on.
Coffee Drinking Quick Stats
- Total percentage of Americans over the age of 18 that drink coffee everyday 54%
- Total amount of cups of coffee (9 ounces) a coffee drinker consumes daily 3.1
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Until next time. Pat