Friday, October 28, 2011

To Flavor or Not to Flavor

It's the end of the week and time for another edition of Coffee Chronicles where we Thank Coffee it's Friday the best way we know how.  Thank you for joining us and coming back each week to learn about burning coffee questions...

This week's question comes to us from Tim of Sogeshirts who asks:

Do you prefer regular coffee or flavored coffee and why for either?

Flavored vs. unflavored coffee.

Here's how the process goes:

Flavored coffee beans are coated with flavor compounds to supplement coffee beans' natural taste. In addition, these flavors help extend the shelf life of coffee by disguising changes in flavor due to decaffeination, oxidation, or aging processes. Flavored coffees in one form or another have been used for centuries, but the gourmet coffee boom of the 1990s resulted in an increased interest in exotic flavors of coffee. With current chemical technology, the beans can be produced with almost any flavor imaginable.

So did anyone pick up on the one piece of info that should be a reason NOT to go flavored?


Ok, it's this:

".....flavors help extend the shelf life of coffee by disguising changes in flavor due to decaffeination, oxidation, or aging processes."

Gross. This means that you can not tell how fresh coffee is if it's been flavored. Oh sure it smells great but the over powering scent has tricked your mouth.

Seriously, flavor your coffee with creamers or syrups AFTER its brewed. Add some cinnamon to your ground coffee before you hit brew.

Drink your coffee unflavored - just once to get the true flavor of the coffee itself. You'd be surprised that you can discover how much you enjoy (or not) your regular brew.

Respect the cup.


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30Amber_:) said...

I prefer the unflavored ones and now I'm really glad that I do. :)

Kathyradigan said...

My husband would completely agree with you and now that I have read that flavor helps extend the bean, I will never drink it again, promise, I swear on 10lbs of coffee!! Lol! Thanks, I always love your coffee Fridays! Hope you have a great weekend!

Christopher said...

I'm disappointed that Flavored Coffee can't be vouched for as far as freshness but I still prefer flavored. The local coffee shops around here use syrups added to regular coffee, so when taking out it's a moot point.

Tim@sogeshirts said...

This makes sense to me. I usually go with unflavored coffee and then add in a creamer later should I want one. Thanks for answering my question!

Mommy Inconsistent said...

I go both ways, but with flavoured it's usually the Starbucks Mocha Via. I know, instant on top of flavoured...bad girl. Lol!

Denise said...

I never would have thought about the lack of freshness. Good post.

Miss Donna said...

give me plain ol' instant Folgers and a splash of vanilla creamer in my cup any day of the week. except, i've kicked my flavored creamer habit and replaced it with almondmilk. thanks for Coffee Education 101!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

See there is a method to the madness!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Thanks Kathy - I'm glad you could get the scoop here! I love that you come back by - have a great weekend yourself!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Don't tell TRM but I have some flavored in the cupboard, at least it has a good shelf life ;)

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Thanks for giving us a good one Tim - glad we could fill you in!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

TRM swears by the VIA so you have at least a point in your favor..

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Thanks Denise! I hope you come back for more..

CoffeeLovinMom said...

It's the simple things miss D...I've heard good things about the almond milk, I may have to give it a try