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28 January 2013 @ 10:34 am
coffee poll  
Poll #1893020 cooooffeeeeeee

What roast level do you prefer for your coffee?

Light (Cinnamon roast, half city, New England)
11(19.0%)
Medium (Full city, American, regular, breakfast, brown)
23(39.7%)
Full (High, Viennese, Continental)
11(19.0%)
Dark (French)
13(22.4%)


Are there particular flavors you look for in the description of coffees to try?
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ruthless compassion: tastyaroraborealis on January 28th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
Words I look for:

*smooth
*caramel or toffee
*full
*chocolate (milk or dark)
*mellow
*spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg, other savory spices)
*nutty

Words I avoid:

*bright
*fruity or citrus (lemon, berry, stone fruits, etc)
*earthy

Edited at 2013-01-28 03:40 pm (UTC)
... in a handbasketinahandbasket on January 28th, 2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
Apparently we have the same taste in coffee!
I'll handle citrus if it comes alongside some caramel/toffee flavor, but they rarely go hand in hand.

I had an exceptional espresso at 3 little figs recently which hit both those notes, it was a transcendent moment. :)
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our lady of perpetual amusementdakotakym on January 28th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
My tastes are similar; Central and South American coffee FTW! I also prefer to roast my own, as beans that have been roasted for longer than a week taste stale/flat to me.

Light/medium roast also has more caffeine, which I appreciate.
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on January 28th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on all of these but "nutty" (meh) and "earthy" (can be good). I also look for "balanced".
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on January 28th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
PS: when I was in college, I always got French roast, because it was FRENCH, SEE and it was a long time before I realized why my coffee was always bad.
ruthless compassion: tastyaroraborealis on January 28th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah! It's like the one way the French are wrong about food. And I don't even know if this is how coffee is actually preferred in France.

It was in a conversation about this very phenomenon with a coworker this morning that I decided I wanted to do this poll.
our lady of perpetual amusementdakotakym on January 28th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
"French roast" always tastes to me like burnt coffee with cigarette ash flicked in.. bleh!
Beowabbit: Food: a cup of coffeebeowabbit on January 28th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
Om nom nom! I like everything else burnt; why should coffee be any different?
our lady of perpetual amusementdakotakym on January 29th, 2013 03:56 am (UTC)
If I accidentally burn a batch, I now know where it'll be enjoyed..
Chipceo on January 28th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
When I was in France (which was over a decade ago), the standard cup of coffee was basically espresso, maybe a little lighter.
pir on January 28th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
Ew, coffee.
Chipceo on January 28th, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
Look for: dark, full, nutty, Sumatran
Avoid: acidic, sweet, fruity, flavored, Dunkie's

I agree that there is plenty of bad French roast out there, but done well it can be quite tasty.
tickles, the angry lemurclara_girl on January 28th, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
right there with you.

i have to have 'the talk' with a new-friend. he brought me medium roast coffee beans from a very popular coffee roaster here in sf.

it's good and all.

i miss french roast.
Ellen: at workkeyne on January 29th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
right there with you.

Thirded.
Martha42itous on January 28th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
I have no idea about roasts, but "nutty" and "spicy" sound good and fruity definitely does not. I drink coffee maybe three or four times a year and only recreationally (I can only have caffeine when I've had plenty of sleep and have no other migraine triggers in play).
phoenix: coffeeamber_phoenix on January 28th, 2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
balanced, smooth, nutty, full, caramel, etc.

I tend to prefer the heavy-bodied coffees because I feel they work better with milk or cream. This leads me toward Indonesian or American coffee and away from African which often has higher acidity.

I like a good French roast, but only in cafe au lait.

(p.s. The French are totally wrong in more than one way about food. Ask them about spice!)

Edited at 2013-01-28 05:03 pm (UTC)
existential hot showerveek on January 28th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
This describes my tastes almost exactly, except that I don't like French roast in anything in particular.

Somewhere along the way I got the impression that Central American coffees are highly acidic compared to African. Perhaps I should revisit this methodically. (You know, more coffee.)
Sandrosandhawke on January 28th, 2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
I don't drink coffee, so no opinion on this poll, but reading the comments I wonder if the French style doesn't go better with cigarettes. I think most of the people I know who still smoke are French.....
DancingWolfGrrldancingwolfgrrl on February 6th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
I like my coffee roasted fairly light and more like cinnamon/caramel/toffee/vanilla than like fruit, but I also brew it strong so it stands up to cream.