Coffee Science

Advanced Espresso Training

Advanced Espresso Training

It is up to baristas to change the false perception of espresso, one cup at a time. How? By learning to ‘dial-in’ their espresso.

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That neat and tidy map of tastes on the tongue you learned in school is all wrong

That neat and tidy map of tastes on the tongue you learned in school is all wrong

Our understanding of how taste information is carried from the tongue to the brain shows that individual taste qualities are not restricted to a single region of the tongue. There are two cranial nerves responsible for taste perception in different areas of the tongue: the glossopharyngeal nerve in the back and the chorda tympani branch of the facial nerve in the front. If tastes were exclusive to their respective areas, then damage to the chorda tympani, for instance, would take away one’s ability to taste sweet.

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Umami isn’t a primary taste

Umami isn’t a primary taste

Apparently Umami isn’t a primary taste. Not the same as bitter, salt, sour and sweet. Umami is proposed to be reliant on sugar/salt receptors to be tasted. Lacking independence removes it from being a primary taste. And that fat is not a primary taste either because it doesn’t create a hedonic response.  How does this change your tasting of coffee? Should we be so concerned in trying to identify Umami when it is actually perceived through the Sugar and Salt pathway?  Read & Learn More from the published paper containing the research on  https://www.semanticscholar.org

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Kruve Sifter Review

Kruve Sifter Review

Firstly we want to direct your attention to a couple reviews on the Kruve that are from a slightly different perspective than ours and really worth checking out. A James Hoffman video and A written review/conversation thread on Home Barista called Taste Impact of Fines. For our review we will mostly focus on using the Kruve sifter for indexing a coffee grinder in a commercial coffee business setting. Full disclosure: Kruve requested we review their sifter. We do not receive or solicit any kind of return for our reviews, financial or otherwise. We are a school - not a reseller....

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