Sip, Savour, Repeat: Levista's Guide to Coffee Appreciation

Apr 22 , 2024

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Do you love coffee? Like, really, really love it? We're not just talking about needing that morning caffeine kick to get going. We mean truly appreciating coffee as an art form - understanding all the subtle flavours, aromas, and nuances that go into each perfect cup.

If that sounds like you, then get ready! Today, we're going to take a deep dive into the world of coffee appreciation. Consider this your guide to becoming a coffee connoisseur.

We'll cover all the basics, like the different varieties of coffee beans, how they're grown and processed, and the essential brewing methods everyone should know. But we'll also get into the real fun stuff - proper tasting techniques, detecting those elusive flavour notes, and exploring some of the most celebrated coffee origins around the globe.

So grab your favourite mug, and let's get started!

An Introduction to Coffee Varieties 

Before you can fully appreciate a stellar cup of coffee, you need to understand what beans go into it. The vast majority of coffee comes from two main varieties: Arabica and Robusta.

Arabica tends to have a sweeter, more complex flavour with notes of fruit, berries, sugar, and chocolate. Robusta, on the other hand, has a nuttier, earthier taste along with a higher dose of caffeine.

While Arabica is generally considered superior for its flavour profile, many commercial coffee blends actually contain both varieties to balance cost and taste. But for true speciality coffees, you'll want to stick to 100% Arabica beans.

From there, coffee varieties can be further broken down by their region and processing method. You've probably heard of famous names like Kenyan, Colombian, Sumatran, or Kona. These all refer to the specific geographical origins which lend unique flavour profiles based on soil quality, elevation, climate, and other growing conditions.

Indian coffees, including those from Coorg, certainly hold a prestigious position in the global coffee scene. Known for its robust flavours, Coorg coffee captures the essence of its lush, mountainous terrain in Karnataka.

Equally noteworthy is the Nilgiri variety from the famous hills of Tamil Nadu. This coffee is cultivated at high elevations, which imparts a distinctively vibrant and aromatic profile to the beans. The cool climate and rich soil of the Nilgiris contribute to producing a smooth, subtle flavour with notes of exotic spices and a pleasant aftertaste, distinguishing it from other coffee varieties.

As for processing, coffee is typically either wet-processed (also called washed) or dry-processed (naturally dried in the sun). Wet processing results in a cleaner, brighter taste, while dry has more body and deeper, richer notes.

Those are just the basics, though. Coffee is an incredibly nuanced agricultural product, with thousands of additional varieties and sub-varieties grown all over the world's "Bean Belt." But understanding the main categories is a great start!

The Essential Brewing Methods

Let's now talk about how to actually make that magical potion we call coffee! For home brewers, the three most essential methods are:

Drip Machine

The classic automatic drip is probably how most of us make our daily cups. While not the most revolutionary technique, a quality drip maker with the right grind and fresh beans can still produce a solid, no-fuss brew.

Pour Over

Pour-over is the hands-on way to make a super clean, bright cup. You'll need a pour-over dripper and filters. Then, it's just a matter of properly blooming the grounds by slowly adding hot water in a spiral motion. Simple but satisfying.

French Press

With a French press, the grounds steep directly in the hot water before pressing down the plunger to separate out the brew. The result is a full-bodied, rich cup with beautiful aromatic brew.

Those are the big three for home brewing. But coffee lovers should also familiarise themselves with other techniques like:

  • Espresso and its milky forms like lattes, cappuccinos, etc.
  • Cold brew's smooth, less acidic style
  • Traditional methods like South Indian filter coffee, Turkish coffee, Italian moka pots, and Vietnamese phin filters
  • The ristretto, lungo, and other espresso variations

Mastering all the methods is part of the fun. Because, in the end, different beans and roasts will shine through different brew styles. Experimentation is key!

Proper Tasting Technique

How do you truly taste and experience every aspect of a phenomenal coffee? This is where we kick it up a notch, from simply sipping a cup to full-on savouring.

  • First off, always make sure you're working with freshly roasted, high-quality beans ground right before brewing. Stale coffee is the mortal enemy of any tasting.
  • Next, grab a clean cup or mug and give it a good sniff before taking a sip. The aroma hugely impacts the flavour experience. Try to identify those early scents - maybe nutty, floral, citrusy?
  • When you do take that first sip, resist the urge to knock it back. Instead, slurp it with a big gulp of air to really coat your entire palate. See if you can pinpoint different notes - fruits, herbs, sweet or savoury hints, levels of acidity or bitterness.
  • From there, pay attention as the flavours evolve. The first sip always tastes different from the third or the last cool dregs at the bottom. See how the finish develops, too, whether it's clean and refreshing or stays with a creamy, velvety feel.
  • Take breaks to reset your senses by sniffing the ground and nibbling on something plain, like a cracker. Of course, make sure to slurp up any tasty crema or oils that gather on top.
  • Detecting Flavour Notes Speaking of which, let's spend a minute on all those elusive, almost mystical "flavour notes" coffee pros are always talking about.

Coffees are infamously nuanced in their flavour potential, with individual brews capable of encapsulating everything from dark chocolate to bright berries, dulce de leche caramel, roasted nuts, sweet citrus, fresh herbs or flowers, and so much more.

How do coffee beans have such unique tastes? It's all about the many volatile compounds found in the beans. These include acids, sugars, proteins, and other organic molecules. Together, they form complex flavours and aromas that make each sip a rich experience for your senses.

The best thing is, those notes can then give insight into things like growing region, process methods, roast levels, and other factors that created each coffee's "flavour blueprint." Which makes tasting and appreciation just that much more fascinating!

Exploring the World's Great Coffee Origins

Exploring the diverse origins of coffee is a key part of appreciating its rich flavours, and India, with its historic coffee plantations, plays a significant role in this global tapestry. India's coffee regions offer unique characteristics shaped by the distinct climatic and geographical conditions of each area.

In the southern part of the country, the Western Ghats host major coffee-growing regions like Coorg and Chikmagalur in Karnataka, renowned for their robust Arabica and flavorful Robusta beans. Coorg, often referred to as the 'Coffee Capital of India', produces beans that are rich and full-bodied due to the region’s tropical climate and fertile soil.

Moving towards Tamil Nadu, the Nilgiris, which means "blue mountains", are famous for their aromatic, mild coffees that carry whispers of exotic spices, a testament to the varied elevations and cooler temperatures of the region.

Another noteworthy region is Wayanad in Kerala, which yields beans with a distinct earthy flavour profile. The traditional shade-grown method of cultivation under the canopy of dense trees not only preserves the forest ecosystem but also enhances the quality and flavour of the coffee beans.

Each of these regions contributes to the complex and rich diversity of Indian coffees, making them a significant part of the global coffee culture. With every cup, you’re not just tasting coffee; you're experiencing the essence of India’s rich plantation heritage.

A Heritage in Every Sip

At Levista Coffee, we believe every cup of coffee is a journey—a journey steeped in the traditions of Indian coffee cultivation yet tailored for the modern palate. Our roots run deep in India's renowned coffee regions, from the lush landscapes of Coorg to the aromatic highlands of the Nilgiris, and each Levista brew encapsulates this rich heritage.

Perfect for beating the heat or just enjoying a refreshing twist on your daily coffee, our cold coffee range offers everything from classic iced coffees to more adventurous flavours, all brewed with the same high-quality beans sourced from India’s finest estates. To discover more about our variety and commitment to quality, explore our website!

Summing Up

So there you have it! Everything you need to know to stop simply drinking coffee and start truly savouring each and every cup. From picking out the right beans to mastering the brewing methods, tasting techniques, flavour notes, and discovering the world's best growing regions.

There is a vast world of coffee waiting to be sipped and savoured. All you need is an open mind, a curious palate, and a willingness to clutch the art of coffee appreciation!


What is coffee tasting?

Coffee tasting, often called "cupping," is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. It's a technique used by professionals and enthusiasts to evaluate coffee's quality and to identify unique flavour profiles.

an anyone learn to taste coffee?

Absolutely! Anyone can develop their coffee-tasting skills. It starts with paying close attention to the different flavours and aromas you experience with each cup of coffee.

What are the basic steps in coffee tasting?

The basic steps include grinding the coffee to a medium coarseness, adding hot water, allowing it to brew without filtering, and then smelling and finally tasting the coffee. Slurping the coffee vigorously to aerate it and spread it to the back of the palate is a key part of tasting.

What should I look for when tasting coffee?

Focus on aspects like aroma, acidity, sweetness, body, and aftertaste. Try to identify specific flavours, such as floral, fruity, earthy, or nutty notes. Over time, you'll be able to distinguish between different beans and roasts.

Is there a difference between tasting coffee and drinking coffee?

Yes, tasting coffee is more about actively analysing the beverage in terms of its sensory aspects, while drinking coffee can be more about the overall experience and enjoyment.

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