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THE FOUR STEPS OF TASTING COFFEE
SMELL - Always smell a coffee before you taste it. Your mouth distinguishes only four tastes: salty, sweet, bitter and sour - but your nose can detect thousands of smells. Cup your hand over the coffee, hold the cup close to your nose and inhale.
SLURP - When tasting a coffee, it's important to slurp it. This sprays the coffee across your entire palate and lets the subtle flavors and aromas reach all the tasting zones of your mouth.
LOCATE - Consider the coffee's weight and feel in your mouth. Where are you experiencing the flavors? On your tongue?
DESCRIBE - Finally think about how you would describe your coffee - tasting experience. What words would you use to charaterize the aroma, flavor and how the coffee feels in your mouth? What other food flavors or aromas can you compare the coffees to?