One of the joys of continually having new customers in Roasters is watching the delight on their faces as they taste the variety of coffee offerings. I encourage tasting; I don’t know how you can ever decide to like or dislike a coffee without tasting it. And always remember that I may use a vocabulary to describe a taste that you don’t agree with at all. Just because I taste licorice in a coffee doesn’t mean that you will. Be your own guide. Be brave – it doesn’t cost anything to experiment.
In very general terms, coffee from Central and South America “tends” to be smokey, chocolate, caramel. Coffee from Africa “tends” to be fruity or winey. Coffee from Indonesia “tends” to be spicey, exotic, maybe musty. These are totally generalities. In every region there are infinite variations.
Taste, taste, taste!