All posts tagged: aroma

How to taste coffee

Practice. We tend to believe that our taste is a sense that stays the same, and although physically that may be true to an extent, there are ways of getting better at tasting. Firstly we need to understand what influences our taste. “The first taste is with the eyes”, how food or drink is presented has a huge effect on how we taste it. Often people will see a meal that is amazingly presented and have the preconception that the taste of the food will meet the standard of its appearance and as a result, decide the food tastes great without having listened to their tongue. Taste and aesthetics are separate and appearance should try to be forgotten about when attempting to taste something. An example of how influential appearance is on taste was demonstrated in a study in which scientists dyed a white wine, red and had a panel of wine connoisseurs describe the wine. The result showed that the experts described the wine using descriptors typical of a red wine. This demonstrates that …