Cupping Notes: Fragrances, Acid, Body, Flavor and Finish
As a follow up to our cupping guide, here's a handy guide for distinguishing between coffee characteristics — which, for the novice cupper, can sometimes seem like five ways to say the same thing.
Here are a few more tips for advancing your cupping skills by sorting out dry grounds from wet, and distinguishing aspects of acidity, body, flavor and finish.
Fragrance of dry coffee grounds
Do they smell fresh? Stale? Over roasted? Under roasted? This is a great place to find out, before water is added to the mix.