Acidity The pleasant tartness of a fine coffee. Acid also describes coffee components which produce indigestion or nervousness in some individuals.
Aroma Describes the odor of freshly brewed coffee.
Body The sense of heaviness, richness or thickness when one tastes coffee.
Bright Describes a lively mouth feel.
Cupping Coffee A trade phrase describing the art of extracting and tasting flavors from a small amount of ground beans brewed in a clear glass. This is the truest method to appraise good and bad characteristics in beans by taste and sight.
Flavor What distinguishes the taste of coffee once its acidity, body and aroma have been described.
Light Describes a thin, bright flavor.
Mellow Sweet bodied and smooth.
Rich A full, heavy, sweet flavor.
Sweet Free from harshness in flavor.
Winey Distinct and fruit-like taste.
Earthy The tones that reflect soil characteristics.