This week's question comes to us from Tim of Sogeshirts who asks:
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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Enjoy your weekend and your cuppa joe!