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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)
Medium (Full city, American, regular, breakfast, brown)
Full (High, Viennese, Continental)
Dark (French)

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:

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

Words I avoid:

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

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.

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.