It’s January which means people are likely focusing on the annual tradition of creating, and hopefully maintaining, New Year’s Resolutions. It’s most likely that one, or more, of your resolutions will involve a health-oriented goal as a study by the Harris Interactive Group noted that 66% of resolutions revolve around such initiatives.
When crafting resolutions for health, exercise and diet, it usually means abstaining from something that you feel isn’t good for you but rest assured one thing you won’t have to cut out is coffee. Multiple studies have been recently released stating that coffee can help in reducing risk for everything from melanoma to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, liver disease, prostate cancer, Alzheimer's, and more.
One important item to note is these studies are based on coffee in its simple brewed form. You may believe eliminating additives, which can add calories to your drink, will make the brew taste less appealing. In reality, it can open up an entirely new world of flavors you’ve may have never experienced in your cup.
When it comes to unlocking the flavor potential of coffee, keep the mindset of less is more. Purchase the amount of beans you will likely use in a week (as opposed to buying a supply for several weeks) to ensure they retain freshness and flavor. It’s similar to eating fruit, the fruit you consume shortly after purchase tastes fuller and fresher than fruit which has been sitting in the refrigerator for weeks. Yes, it may be more of an inconvenience to keep visiting your local coffee supplier but it will be worth it when the final results are enjoyed.
As you explore the natural flavor of different coffees, keep in mind that each origin possesses various flavor notes. For example you may get hint of peach from one variety and more of a nutty quality from another. This experimentation can be eye-opening because coffee produces many unique and natural flavorings when brewed correctly. Also note flavors can be limited from roast to roast due to the ever changing growing factors such as weather, soil types, and the harvesting routine in the country of origin. To help you get started learning more about various flavor notes based on region, BUNN created this Tour of Origin interactive map.
Extracting the maximum flavor from a brew also requires hitting the “sweet spot” of the bean. To use another fruit analogy, the center of an orange produces the sweetest tasting juice and when squeezing out the juice, you don’t add the rinds into the drink. Dialing up the right amount of contact time between the coffee bean and water will bring out the full flavor. To help educate you on maximizing your coffee enjoyments, BUNN has produced a Coffee Basics brochure.
If you have any questions about unlocking the full natural flavor potential in coffee, email me and good luck setting and maintaining your resolutions!