Guide to Terminology

guide to data sheets

There are several terms commonly used to clarify the factors that influence what shows up in the cup. Knowing a bit of this industry jargon will help you select coffees that match your expectations.

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Country/Region/Farm

This tells you what specific region of its respective growing country the coffee is from. If it is a blend, I list it as "varies seasonally". I do that because the blends are all comprised of coffees that rotate throughout the year, but have a similar taste profile.

Cultivar

Specific varieties typically have similar tasting characteristics within a given region. For example, Bourbon (pronounced burr-BONE) is one of the varieties grown in Guatemala. Guatemalan coffees that are of the Bourbon variety in a given region tend to taste similar, notably sweet, balanced, heavy body. We commonly see varieties on wine bottles. For example Pinot Noir, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon are all different varieties of grapes & when we purchase either one of them, we expect a desired taste profile.

Altitude

Altitude affects taste as well. Typically, higher elevation = higher acidity. When I refer to acidity, I don't mean something that'll affect your stomach, but its taste. Bright coffees or coffees with higher acidity typically intensifies its perceived sweetness.

Notes

These are tasting notes that i experienced when evaluating this coffee. I brew each coffee multiple ways and list the tasting notes that I found was common in them all. These notes give you an idea of what the coffee will taste like. Taste perception, brewing parameters, and environmental influences such as water quality can affect what you personally taste. I'm always happy to hear what my customers' personal palates discover!


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