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To Drink or Not to Drink
this was, I thought a very interesting question that Scott posted
on the SM List today.

Excerpt: by Scott Thund via SM List

On a recent day, Owen had before him 35 samples to roast, grind,
brew, taste and rate. He won't actually drink 35 cups of coffee.
Rather, he ritualistically bends over each cup to inhale its aroma
before slurping a mouthful rapidly and noisily so the coffee sprays the
roof of his mouth and infuses his olfactory senses. He forcefully spits
it out, not swallowing because he doesn't like to be over-caffeinated.

"I can't believe how much coffee people drink," he says with a
straight face, surrounded by many miniature mountains of coffee.
"Honestly, when I see a big Starbucks cup, I can't believe it. I could
never drink that much coffee! But I'm really drinking coffee for


I don't doubt a minute Tom's ability to discern all the nuances in coffees, judging by the accurate description he gives for all the coffees SM sells. but for me, coffees (or any other foods) always taste differently when I don't swallow. If I were to describe a coffee to the best of my ability by sniffing, slurping in my mouth then spit, it would be a different note than if I were to actually drink it.

How about you folks? Does swallowing make a difference?

Drink it.

Kind of like taking a bite of charbroiled Medium-rare Strip steak, smelling it, licking it, chewing a small bite, then spitting it out.

(Although, if anyone pays a guy for doing this, keep me in mind)

Roaster: CoffeeAir II 2# DIY air roaster
Grinder: Vintage Grindmaster 500
Brewers: Vintage Cory DCU DCL, Aeropress, Press, Osaka Titanium pourover
John Despres
I drink it down.

Unless it's so nasty I can't handle it...:(

Respect the bean.
John Despres
Fresh Roast 8, Gene Cafe, JYTT 1k, Quest M3, Mazzer Mini, Technivorm, various size presses and many more brewers.
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