Coffee 101 for Coffeeholics

My colleagues call me The Coffee Prince because I can’t last a day without coffee. Now I can call myself a real coffee enthusiast after Starbucks at SM City GenSan gave us a taste of the different coffee variants of the Starbucks Roast Spectrum.

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Starbucks classifies their coffee into three: blonde, medium, and dark.

Blonde roast has shorter roast time, lighter body and mellow flavors. The medium roast is balanced with smooth, rich flavor. And lastly, the dark roast has longer roast time, fuller body and robust flavor.

We tasted the Blonde Veranda Blend, Pike Place Roast, Colombia House Blend, and the Italian Roast.

Among the coffee variants we tasted, I prefer the Italian Roast, which has a strong flavor. It has the taste of burnt chocolate, even, without sugar, it tastes so good. The Veranda Blend is my second favorite. It has a nutty flavor that lingers in your mouth.

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On a more scientific side of the coffee flavors, there is this thing that we call,  pyrolysis that explains the difference in the flavors. It is the use of heat by roasting in producing oil (caffeol) from starches and sugars in the coffee bean. Dark coffee has been roasted longer so it has a fuller flavor than the medium and the blonde variants.

Now that I understand coffee better, I will surely enjoy each cup I drink with more gusto.

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