By mduigou on Nov 21, 2009
By accident I found a new way to enhance my appreciation of coffee. Some of the Halloween candy we bought this year was salty butter caramels and we have lots left over. I happened to be eating one of these caramels when I took a sip of some fresh brewed coffee. Wow! I was amazed at how eating a caramel at the same time brought out flavours from the coffee that I hadn't been able to distinguish drinking the coffee by itself. I could taste the roast much better and the specific bean flavours were much more discrete than they had been. I am not sure if it's just the salt in the caramel or something else. I tried adding cream and a bit of salt to black coffee as an experiment to see if that had the same effect but it just tasted salty and disgusting.
I'm now having fun trying all of my favourite roasts again with a caramel to see what I learn about them. I'm also finding that once my palate has been "trained" by tasting with a caramel I can pick out the same flavours without the caramel. Using a caramel seems to be an excellent training tool for coffee tasting. I am really glad I made this discovery!