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    Getting into cupping...

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    All, can someone point me towards a "scent box" or similar that is used to train your nose/taste buds? Id like to start cupping, or at the very least be able to appreciate the flavours in my coffees beyond thinking "man that tastes good".

    Thanks

    Grant

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    Re: Getting into cupping...

    http://www.lenez.com/collect12.html
    Nez du Café is a collection of scent bottles similar to their wine series. Pinot, a member on these forums, sells the kits. Not cheap.

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?action=viewprofile;username=GR8WineandCoff ee

    A cheaper option is to smell & taste as many different types of fresh fruit that you can get your hands on. I remember seeing a post a few months ago describing this (perhaps on these forums or elsewhere) and it makes alot of sense. The aromas of fruit are one of the most common descriptors of coffee tastes, also toasted nuts and grass/hay. Ive yet to come across a bean that smelt of durian though (and thank god for that!!). The taste is not so bad, but I cant get over the aroma which is nightmarish and doesnt allow me to appreciate the flavour of the fruit.:o ;D :P
    Richard Sterling, as quoted in The Travelling Curmudgeon, says: "... its odor is best described as pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durian

    p.s. Where are you located? You should pin yourself on the member map
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1132835451

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    Re: Getting into cupping...

    Consider me updated!

    Tried a durian once... saw one at Woolies and thought it looked interesting. Interesting wasnt the word, although I did have fun forcing it upon friends :)

    Grant

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    Re: Getting into cupping...

    You see, I adore durian. I think it is pure delight. And no-one agrees with me.

    I do eat it outside though. It gets very passionate in Asia, there is a whole system of durian classification that makes bodeaux grand crus look straighforward.



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