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Question #2 How would you describe the taste of coffee to someone who has never tasted it? How close to the experience could they get?

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  1. sue caro

    like dark high % cocoa chocolate, with a slightly bitter taste that is also smokey, it smells delicious adding to the taste experience. It is a perfect companion to chocolate, either sprinkled on top of a cappucino, or added to the body of the drink as in moccachino or as an entirely separate item such as a chocolate brownie!

    May 11, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

  2. Mary

    It tastes like something snapping at the back of your throat. If it is strong, then it’s so bitter that it makes you wince, but afterwards you feel strangely refreshed, and even excited. It makes you want to go back for more, even though you don’t know why. I’m not sure that anyone will want to get very close to this experience …!

    May 11, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

  3. Emma Spurgin Hussey

    This is very tricky. Black or white? Weak or strong? Instant or proper? With or without sugar? Etc etc. I might say a bit bitter, nutty, sometimes fruity, roasted-tasting, so maybe a bit burnt. And it never quite tastes like it smells.

    May 11, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

  4. sonia perlegka

    there is a difference between black coffee or cappuccino or latte etc etc . however we still understand the taste of coffee no matter what the other ingredients are. it might be in a sweet or with sugar or with milk or with cream or or or … generally at the beginning something strong takes your tongue and the top of your mouth and then as it enters the back of the mouth and the throat you taste the bitterness for a second and then after that a taste or something roasted, something burnt. the after one zip of coffee effect is the need for a second zip and a third etc etc. and then the feeling is between awake and alert to upset and nervous….

    May 11, 2010 @ 11:30 pm

  5. Alex

    Descriptions of taste….hummm….coffee, of course depends on the blend, how it is made….but taste – i am delaying here…..taste of coffee would be nutty, a bit like eating nuts?? Its soft, it can be velvety if there is lots of milk like a latte or such like. It’s full in the mouth after your initial sip and can be a bit of a glider through the gullett!

    May 12, 2010 @ 12:10 pm

  6. Steve

    I would say its like Marmite… you either love it or you hate it!

    May 12, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

  7. Christine

    Hot and bitter and dark, with a rich complex scale of gentle aromatic fruity chocolaty tones. Lovely to smell but can be harsh to the taste.
    If it has milk in it, the dairy smell masks and deadens some of the essential coffeeness.
    How close to the experience can you get with a description? Well – possibly not very. I think the experience of coffee is a rich mixture of sensory experience. Primarily of smell and taste and the touch of it in the mouth, and I also closely associate the sound and smell of grinding beans, the sound of it pouring out of a jug and the dark smooth look of it in a cup….mmmmmmm!

    May 14, 2010 @ 11:43 am

  8. Veronika

    Unlike tea or most leaf based teas, drinking coffee involves two of our senses, taste and smell. Less so when drinking instant coffee, where the coffee granules have been freeze dried and thus have no aroma. Freshly ground coffee has a rich aroma, which again varies, depending on where it comes from. Some are quite bitter, not unlike the burning of a damp object, others are rich and sweet, like roasted nuts. Fresh coffee is thicker in consistency than tea which is little more than flavoured water. When you drink coffee, the taste of the ground coffee bean lingers on the taste buds, leaving an aftertaste, of varying degrees of bitter sweetness, depending on the level of roast, the amount of watere that has been used and the amount of sugar that has been added. It is an adult taste. Most children don’t like the bitterness, nor do pregnant women, but for most coffee holics, it’s what makes the day begin.

    May 17, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

  9. Joanna

    In varying degrees depending on the type of coffee and the strength – nutty, burnt, sort of dry in flavour, with chocolate base-notes. Somewhat bitter if black, but if a cappuccino, then there is a bland frothy top. It’s a very multi-modal experience, so hard to separate the taste, the smell and the feel. I think that’s much of the appeal.

    May 18, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

  10. June

    Coffee is a warming and satisfying taste, which is rather like wrapping oneself in a comfort blanket. It can sometimes be strong and bitter and sometimes sweet but always satisfying. It does not quench thirst like tea or water but makes the drinker feel really good. I think it is hard for someone to imagine coffee as it’s a bit earthy and primaeval.

    May 20, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

  11. julia

    it tastes grey with slight notes of dark brown and light yellow, like the taste version of how ashes look. assuming it’s hot, drinking it feels like sliding down a shiny metal slide on a hot day, and having drunk it feels like tiny splinters of static electricity poking you from the inside.

    May 25, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

  12. Kate

    I would describe drinking coffee as being like consuming a cup of molten earth, a thick, heady liquid which you can feel in your veins after you’ve drunk it, which stimulates the bitter taste sensors on your tongue but that can be sweetened with sugar for those wanting less of an intense experience. I feel that the experience can be intensified or evoked by description but that it is difficult to come close to the reality, you would have to do a lot more honing and consideration than perhaps I have in my answer!

    Jun 08, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

  13. Theresa

    I would describe the taste of coffee as a bitter, dark, thick – very much an aquired taste. A gentler introduction is to add the concentrated coffee [espresso] to warm milk – a latte. This gives a milky warmth to the drink and dilutes the bitterness. Coffee is an addictive drink, so most people drink it for the effect it has on the body more than the taste – often having rituals attached to their habit. I think that it is only possible to describe 10% of the closeness of the taste – to describe the experience is a different thing. It would depend on how much experience of addiction the person has, to be able to connect with the description.

    Jun 13, 2010 @ 10:10 pm

  14. Mary

    Well there’s coffee and coffee, here in spain’s countryside they love their cafe solo, which I find undrinkable. As they pour it from the pot, first there’s the smell of stewed coffee beans, then the bitter taste of burnt treacle and just to add to the awfulness there’s also some acidity going on yuk! Perhaps it compliments the large shot or two of cheap brandy/whisky that accompanies it. Not only harsh on the palate, but you should see the colour of teeth of these people!

    However a well made skinny late smells of a nice rich nutty/coffee and tastes very smooth, comforting and mellow the minute it hits the pallet.

    Sep 06, 2010 @ 2:34 pm


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