[Homeroast] to swallow or not to swallow
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.
> 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
> 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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