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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One of our nearest coffee neighbours, East Timor has had a tumultuous history with war ravaging its land, its coffee crops and its people. While the people have experienced great trauma and upheaval it has never stopped them from their natural inclination for hospitality offering coffee to those in need. This has created a bond between the East Timorese people and the Australian Army going way back to World War II.

Sparrow Force

In 1941, British and Australian soldiers formed a guerilla army called Sparrow Force which were called on by the Dutch army in East Timor to fight the Japanese who were trying to invade the country. For more than two years, this group of soldiers resisted all attempts by the Japanese to take East Timor, ultimately ending in failure. During this time, the Sparrow Force were left to their own devices with very little food and drink. This is where the native East Timorese people stepped in to help with their supply of local food and, most importantly, coffee. Grown, picked and roasted by the East Timorese, the soldiers enjoyed freshly brewed coffee with wild grown honey. This display of hospitality and kindness surely gave the soldiers of Sparrow Force the drive, determination and energy to fight with all they had against a determined enemy.

Australia Remembers

Even today, the Australian Army holds a fondness for the East Timorese people who continue to provide freshly brewed locally grown coffee to battalions of visiting soldiers. Some Australian servicemen have even returned to East Timor, tracking down the friendly locals who helped them with something as simple and nourishing as a cup of coffee when they needed it most. These soldiers have helped the East Timorese people set up their own businesses, streamlining their coffee production providing them with a future and a steady income for their families and communities.

Sacred Grounds & East Timor

Like these Australian soldiers, we also want to give back to the East Timorese people. This country has experienced more upheaval than we can ever really comprehend and this is one of the reasons why we choose to source some of our coffee from this tiny nation. Not only has its past been troubled but the effects of it lingers today with high levels of poverty, 50% infant mortality rate and half of all East Timorese are illiterate. There are still so many problems but one of the solutions that has been a crucial part of the healing process has been coffee.

We work closely with our producers in East Timor, the Cooperativa Café Timor (CCT) who have been operating since 1994. Today CCT boasts 23,000 members across 16 cooperatives and 494 small farms. Fairtrade certified in 2001, this co op has made a massive impact on its surrounding communities with projects such as a business development program, a wholesale purchasing co op and 11 healthcare clinics and 28 mobile clinics to provide medical attention for those who can’t afford it.

Coffee crops are grown alongside rice, fruit, beans, spices and more providing a really unique environment for beans and the farmers themselves to thrive. And the taste? We use East Timorese coffee beans in our Neighbours Blend that has a beautiful combination of subtle berry with a nutty aftertaste.

Shop for Sacred Grounds Neighbours Blend here… 

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