[Homeroast] to swallow or not to swallow

Frank Parth fparth at mac.com
Sun Mar 21 18:16:00 CDT 2010

Not a bad article at all. Although I'll have to disagree with Tom on one point. When I'm on the road for weeks and 
Starbucks is all I can find, a large cup doesn't give me as much caffeine, (and only a tiny fraction as much flavor) as 
a normal mug of roasted Sweet Maria's coffee.


>  Excerpt:
>     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
>     flavor."
>  http://www.oaklandmagazine.com/media/Oakland-Magazine/October-2007/Do-It-Yourselfers/
>  ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>  I don't doubt a minute Tom's ability to discern all the nuances in coffees, judging by the accurate description he 
> givesfor 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?

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