How to Discern Flavour Notes

Whether you’re new to coffee or a long-time caffeine lover, picking out the flavours in various blends and single origins can be a tad tricky. But, just like wine tasting, coffee tasting can be a lot of fun once you get your taste buds and your mind around the way to bring out the flavours in various varieties. Now you can do a tasting course or two but we’ve got something that’ll make it a lot more accessible for you pyjama-loving homebodies. Check it out!

Flavour Wheel

Grab your favourite fellow coffee addicts and enjoy a morning, arvo or late night session learning how to discern a myriad of flavours in your favourite coffee. We recommend using this with our Single Origins because the flavours are more apparent and varied.

How to use this beautiful wheel? Follow these steps…

 

Step 1: Always start in the middle. Try and identify the dominant flavour coming through; is it nutty, floral, earthy, savoury etc? Got it? Congratulations this is your first category – tick that box.

Step 2: Move your wandering eyes to the outside of the wheel. What flavours can you identify as you dig deep into those clever little taste buds? When you’ve identified the sub-group cast your eyes to the list of adjectives on the right. Now, this is where you start to sound really snobby – in a good way!

Step 3: This one is a funny step but kind of makes sense when you think about it. Once again look over the flavour wheel and focus this time on the colours. What colours are conjured in your mind from your dancing palate as you drink the coffee? If you’ve identified the colour tan, for example, check it against the wheel and see if you really do taste a nutty flavour such as  pecan or cashew. Interesting, huh?

Sacred Grounds Single Origins

If you’re super keen to get tasting we have an amazing array of Single Origins you can compare and contrast against each other. Choose from:

Now I won’t give away all the flavour notes and acidity content before you try it but you can also refer back to each Single Origin after tasting to see if you hit the nail on the head… or not! So much fun. Enjoy.

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Single Origin: Nicaragua

One of our newest additions to our Single Origin collection, Nicaragua has a beautifully balanced flavour palate that you’ll love to explore and discover. Located in the middle of the famous ‘coffee belt’, Nicaragua’s tropical climate is the perfect environment to grow high quality coffee naturally.

Sacred Grounds Producers

Cooperative Regionalde Cafetaleros de San Juan de Rio Coco (CORCASAN ) was formed way back in 1978 and has been Fairtrade certified since 2005. Today CORCASAN is made up of 250 members, 160 farmers and covers 221 square kilometres of beautifully humid tropical rainforest. Coffee plants thrive in the shade that this region offers. Not only is CORCASAN able to grow quality organic Fairtrade coffee but at an incredible rate with approximately 16,500 bags of coffee sold each year.

Each step of the process is monitored by the co op ensuring quality is maintained from crop to bag.

The Coffee

One of the things we love about Single Origins is that you can pinpoint the individual flavour notes in each variety. It takes a while to perfect your palate but once you do, then you’ll never go back. Our Nicaragua Single Origin offers a flavour combination like no other with a base of yummy chocolate, a delicate sweet aroma, citrus tones, honeyed, bright medium acidity – all in all a well rounded cup.

How to Drink It

Cold press it, plunge it but by far the best way to really appreciate our Nicaragua Single Origin is having a milk based espresso. YUM! But wait, there’s more! Don’t go for your traditional latte or cappuccino, instead try this incredible coffee in mini version to really savour the flavours with a piccolo latte. Double yum!

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Why Clean your Coffee Machine?

There are so many great reasons to keep your coffee machine sparkling clean. Firstly, don’t be gross – no one likes to be offered a coffee from a dirty, daggy old-looking contraption. Secondly, even if you’re using super-fresh beans, your beverage will taste stale – terrible if you have neglected the machine. Oils from old coffee build up in the water container, portafilter and basket and, if you leave it way too long even mould can make a rather unwelcome appearance.

Thirdly, clean food-type things are simply healthier if they’re attended to regularly. I know it’s not your favourite thing to do on a weekend or after work but it’s just one of those things that we all need to do. So how to give it a thorough clean? Follow these simple steps…

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Master Your Own Latte Art

What’s not to love about coffee? First you start with some quality Fairtrade organic awesome Sacred Grounds beans (sneaky plug) bursting with incredible flavours. Then you turn those beans into mighty fine, warm, zing-inducing beverages. And if that’s not enough awesomeness then you can add your very own creative signature using froth and some powdered choccy (if you like)!

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How to Make Great Coffee at Home

It’s kind of mesmerising watching a barista work their stuff, from the right coffee, grind, tamp to texturing the milk just so. They make it looks so easy and one of the reasons they can get it perfect time after time is their industrial style coffee machine. So does it mean that home coffee connoisseurs can’t make great coffee at home? Not at all. There are a few handy hints the pros use with their fancy machines that will help you get cracking coffees time after time on your own machine.  Read More

How Coffee Is Processed

We’ve looked at different ways that coffee is grown (shade vs sun) but the processing of coffee beans is just as important, especially when you talk about organic coffee. Each plantation chooses its own way to process the fruit of coffee plants called cherries. Some even develop their own ground-breaking processes to reduce the impact on the environment, speed up the procedures or maintain the natural flavour notes in the beans.

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5 Common Coffee Mistakes

Making coffee is a process and each step of that process has to be just right in order to create the perfect coffee. One slip up and you’ll be left with a so-so kinda coffee which is better than none, right? But if you feel like you’re ticking all the boxes and your final product is still not up to scratch you may be making one of the following simple mistakes – easily rectified.

5 Common Coffee Mistakes

1. Inferior Beans

This first point is a passion for us because we’re all about quality, Fairtrade, organic coffee beans. It’s not just that they’re chemical-free – which is great for the environment and your own health – but they have to retain all their natural flavours. Inferior beans mean that you’re starting with a shaky foundation. If your foundation is dodgy, the final product will not be great. If you’re new to the coffee world, we recommend trying a blend – they’re generally smoother in taste – a bit of a crowd pleaser.

Shop for Sacred Grounds Blends here… 

2. Unclean Machines

This one is a no-brainer really. If your home coffee machine is dirty, then the flavours of your beautiful coffee will be tainted. Coffee beans are full of essential oils that will leave a stale taste if left floating around your water container or sticking to your Portafilter or basket. A clean machine is not only important for health reasons but will maintain the integrity of the coffee and give you a clean, crisp taste to your coffee time after time. Now, how to clean your coffee machine? We’ve written a post about it… how handy – here it is … How to Clean Your Coffee Machine.

3. Measuring Mishaps

This can be a bit confusing but in order to create the perfect coffee, your measurements should be fairly precise. This requires a set of scales! Measure out 20g or if you live scales-free then 2 heaped tablespoons of coffee beans then grind away. Using the right amount of coffee means that the extraction will not be too fast or too slow giving you that beautiful ‘mouse tail’-like appearance as it trickles from the basket into your warmed coffee cup = bliss!

4. Milky Mayhem

You may be one fantastic coffee grinder conoissieur or espresso extractor but if you get your milk texturing wrong, then the whole coffee may end up down the sink. Nooooo! This step can be tricky but we have some handy tips to help you get the perfect texture each time you steam.

  1. Purge -release steam
  2. Milk Jug – select the right jug for the job
  3. Quantity – fill 1/3 full
  4. Stretch!! – Click here for directions…
  5. Heating – Warm until hot to the touch
  6. Clean – Wipe and purge your steam wand
5. Frosty Beans

There is a strange common-held belief that storing coffee beans in the fridge, or dare I say, freezer will keep them fresh as a daisy! The truth is that these frosty places produce too much moisture which is a coffee killer. Yep, the absolute, hand-to-heart truth of the matter is that storing your beautiful Fairtrade organic Sacred Grounds beans in the fridge/freezer will destroy their flavours, freshness and fabulousness so please refrain. Instead, store beans in an air-tight container or our resealable foil-lined coffee bags and pop them in a dark, cool pantry. Too easy!

So there you have it! Now your coffee making skills can go from good to barista in no time. Now if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, why not check out our delish range of Single Origin coffee then put your taste buds to the test to see what flavours you can identify. Shop here for Sacred Grounds Single Origins.

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