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Explore the Flavors in Your Coffee with This Tasting Wheel

Melanie Pinola , Gawker Media

Sweet. Floral. Nutty. Baristas and coffee enthusiasts often use these words-and many more-to describe the flavor nuances of different coffees. The flavor wheel below from the Specialty Coffee Association of America groups different flavor descriptions into tiers on a wheel.

The wheel is based on three years of scientific research and collaboration among those in the specialty coffee community. Although the graphic doesn't describe each flavor, but rather identifies them in a hierarchy, you can use it to narrow down the flavor notes you taste in a cup of coffee (or, perhaps, other beverages and dishes). For example, does it taste more roasted or sour? If roasted, is it a cereal-like flavor or more burnt? If it's a burnt roasted flavor, is it smoky or ashy? Might be fun to use the wheel while taste-testing coffee as it's described by the roaster.

The wheel will be available for purchase as a poster in February, but you can print out the version below.

Reinventing the (Flavor) Wheel: Industry Collaborates to Identify Coffee Flavor Attributes | The Specialty Coffee Chronicle via Mark@CoffeeGeek

Explore the Flavors in Your Coffee with This Tasting Wheel

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