This post is based on your personal experience Hien Do and research and learning from an international level Sensory skills class. Hien Do is a friend who studied marketing in Australia. On the other hand, her companion fonds Coffee and spent much of her childhood drinking it. Hien sees sensory exploration as a step toward sensory maturity.
Sensory skills – A Start To The Journey
“When Coffee Doesn’t Look Like Coffee” is a parody of the phrase “When Coffee Doesn’t Look Like Coffee.
Hien Do exclaims after sipping hand-brewed “non-black” coffee for the first time. She later discovered it was Arabica coffee made by hand (brewing coffee).
Hien stated that he did not believe he could drink Coffee at the moment because the water has a tint similar to watered black tea. It also has a somewhat sour flavor, a unique scent, and is quite refreshing. It is not the same as the Coffee Hien is familiar with. At the very least, it should be dark, bitter, and bold!
A lovely “misunderstanding” also serves as the start of a love affair with Coffee.
Hien revealed that she had been “hooked” to the smell of coffee powder since she was a student. Even though she did not drink Coffee at the time, she found it to be quite “seductive.” Her older sister has a morning ritual of making iced Coffee with milk. There is always a coffee pot and a Vietnamese filter on the kitchen counter.
Hien’s sister enjoys Vietnamese-style iced milk coffee. Thus she is a “fan” of a well-known Vietnamese brand of Robusta coffee. Hien will stand next to my sister’s coffee pot every morning to “sniff.” That’s when I noticed the excitement in the air.
Is Coffee just bold and black?
Hien finds the rich, dark aroma gratifying and energizing, with a good vibe. It’s Coffee, according to Hien Do. Although I later discovered that the fragrance was a combination of burning and popcorn.
Hien recalls her coffee connoisseurs mentioning “good coffee” and “specialty coffee.” Take a seat and listen to folks discuss the origins of Coffee. It also describes Coffee’s flavor and aroma. What do tea leaves, yellow oranges, honey, and sweet berries smell like? Comment on which is better and which is worse. Her feelings at the time were befuddled and a little “frustrated.” Why can individuals describe the flavor of Coffee so precisely? She wanted to take a sensory class to learn how to identify flavors like her pals so that she could bring that “warmth” home with her.
When one’s senses are heightened
“When coffee isn’t exactly coffee.” “But it’s coffee,” says the narrator.
Hien Do’s following remark after discovering his senses is this.
Once your senses have been trained, you will be more selective about Coffee. The “transition” from first-wave instant Coffee to third-wave gourmet coffee is a process. That process entails research, experimenting, tasting Coffee, and training and transformation.
In sensory skills, the Alliance of Sight, Smell, and Taste
The sense of smell is the first and most significantly affected sense for Hien Do. Due to the brain stimulation and thrill that the fragrance of Coffee provides, Hien is virtually “addicted to sniffing coffee.” It isn’t easy to put into words how thrilling the aroma is. It’s like taking a hot bath after a long day at the office. Freshness, ease, enjoyment, and even contentment…
Memory mixes with imagination or can be interpreted as visualizing memories arising in the brain thanks to scent and the olfactory nerve. We can study and make judgments about coffee flavor based on these data.
For example, when you smell Ethiopian Yirgachette coffee’s dry aroma (the scent of coffee powder after grinding). The olfactory nerve transmits information about odors to the brain. After that, we’ll examine, compare, and report on the following fruits: mango, yellow lemon, and pomegranate… Depending on memory and imagination, more specific knowledge is delivered at a more profound and higher level. On the first day of Tet, that’s how the smell of ripe sand mangoes smelled.
We can already experience the intricacy and difficulty of assessing and articulating coffee flavor, even though we haven’t yet explored the two senses of taste and sight!
When it comes to Coffee, people tend to focus on flavor and taste rather than color. On the other hand, Coffee’s watercolor reveals a lot about it. That is the degree of roasting and the primary flavor (light, bitter or sour …). It’s sometimes possible to figure out what kind of coffee you’re drinking (arabica or robusta …).
Kenya and Ethiopia, in my experience, have a reddish-brown tint that resembles wine or amber. When the sun reflects off of it, it looks adorable and appealing.
The roast can be seen in the color of the coffee water. When Coffee is dark roasted, the color after brewing is black, which is highly different from lightly roasted Coffee. Specialty coffee, mainly medium and light roasted Coffee, has a brown cockroach color when brewed. We need to integrate taste with our assessment to get a more accurate result.
Taste is linked to memory in the same way that smell is. Visualization and description are used to assess and recall the flavor of Coffee through formal practice.
Our tongue can detect five basic tastes: salty, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami (meat sweetness or delicious). Humani is the most intriguing and challenging to describe of the five flavors. When sipping a spoonful of sweet and clear soup, umani is often the flavor that gives you a warm feeling. Or the sensation of biting into a succulent, perfectly cooked, and utterly gratifying piece of grilled steak. In reality, you can detect this flavor daily, but few people can identify it.
To get a flavor of Coffee, use the aroma kit.
It’s hard to say what’s correct and wrong in the taste perception story. However, international coffee groups will utilize a standard vocabulary to objectively analyze and comment on coffee flavor.
The Flavors Wheel is the circle of flavors. The majority of the world’s top coffee specialists know this smell combo. It’s a starting point for objectively assessing specialty coffee’s aroma and flavor. Stone’s Aroma T100 is currently the most comprehensive and detailed package available. The World Specialty Coffee Organization (SCA) recognizes and uses the Aroma Kit T100 in its training program.
Coffee is a science in and of itself
After taking the sensory skills – coffee flavorist workshop, Hien Do said, “My world view has entirely transformed.”
The first course in the Sensory Skills series will assist you in discovering and exploring your senses. The second will assist you in being aware of your sensory limitations. What areas are we currently lacking in developing and overcoming methods? The third goal is to assist you in identifying and evaluating Coffee in a broad sense through sight – watercolor; smell – dry and wet flavors; and taste – aftertaste after tasting Coffee. That is not, however, the conclusion of the story. The deeper and more detailed coffee flavor may be evaluated, felt, and described. To exercise your senses, all you have to do is exert some effort.
We are reaffirming that Coffee is no longer a sensation but rather a science!
The path to sensory development is never-ending
Thanks to the Sensory Skills training, the senses of smell and taste have been elevated to new heights.
Learning sensory skills can be compared to learning a new language. To begin, you must first understand the various taste groups. Then you must memorize the exact and detailed flavors. For instance, you can start by learning about stone fruits. Then there’s the second, which you’ll see in that group: plum flavor, peach flavor…
The most effective strategy to master sensory skills is to practice them frequently and attentively. From smell sets to everyday meal groups, exploring and enjoying various flavors is always necessary. That’s an excellent approach to creating both taste and scent memories.
The interconnectedness of the three basic senses (taste, sight, and smell) is critical and unbreakable, especially if you want to expand your coffee business.
Always put forth the effort to increase your sensory abilities.
There is a simple approach to increasing your sensory skills. It’s an attempt to connect the taste of Coffee to a life event—for example, as much as possible about the environment, food, and water. Instead of just eating and eating hastily like in the past, you now eat with care. Slowly chew and taste it to get a sense of and judge its flavors. That’s quite helpful.
The intriguing thing about this subject is that we appear to our friends to be more “overwhelmed.” Furthermore, it strengthens the bond with coffee lovers. Hey guys, first and foremost, you can remark on whether the Coffee is “good” or “poor.” Determine whether the bitterness in Coffee is due to the roasting process or the result of the roasting process.
Determine whether the sour is pleasant or unpleasant… After that, you can broaden your coffee horizons by trying Coffee with peach flavor and traces of cinnamon or Coffee with caramel and honey flavors. Coffee can have tea’s sourness and pears’ sweetness at times…
Is it true that having high sensory skills is natural talent?
No, don’t affirm. You’ll move faster if you have a good sense of taste. Coffee can be adequately experienced by those who have enough patience, confidence, and hard work to exercise and train their minds.
Ambitious attitude toward researching, investing information and learning from others to fully develop and cultivate senses. It’s a journey of sensual development.
Sensory skill development
Experiment with smelling and tasting on an empty or light stomach. The senses are dulled by a full stomach. If you must eat, go for a banana, an apple, or some toast.
Using the same logic as before, test your coffee or do cupping early in the day. Your body and senses are tired and less receptive at night.
Slow down when eating and drinking. Chew more thoroughly. Slowly sip. These sensory habits will almost certainly lead to better health habits.
Get a good night’s rest. Check to see if you’re feeling ill. Sleep deprivation and illness frequently result in dulled senses and/or an upset stomach. If you have any of these symptoms, your body will prioritize healing and preservation over sensory stimulation.
If you have sinus issues or a stuffed nose, blow it out. Having clear sinuses allows you to perceive what you smell better.
Do you, on the other hand, have a dry nose? Take a cup of hot water and inhale the warm steam. You can increase your sensitivity to aroma and fragrance by warming and wetting your nasal cavity. This is why a healthy dog’s nose is wet and why other dogs lick their noses – it increases sensitivity to smell.