April 11, 2024

Season 1, Episode 56: Blueberries & Coffee: Exploring Subjective Tasting Experiences

By Oaks The Coffee Guy
Episode Summary:
In this episode, I discuss the similarities between tasting blueberries and coffee. I eat a batch of blueberries, analyzing their sweetness versus tartness and how that ratio impacts my enjoyment. I explain that I prefer blueberries and coffees with more sweetness than acidity - around a 60/40 or 70/30 sweet/tart balance. However, the specific blueberries I'm eating lean too far towards pure sweetness at around 90/10. This leads me to explore how subjective tasting experiences can be, even for something as simple as blueberries. I posit that being vague when describing tasting notes allows the listener to have their own personal journey rather than chasing someone else's specific tasting experience. By the end, I aim to give the listener a framework for approaching tasting experiences openly.

Listeners can expect to learn about the host's preferences when it comes to the sweet/tart balance in blueberries and coffee. More broadly, they'll gain insights into how subjective tasting can be and the value of keeping an open mind rather than chasing prescribed tasting notes. The nuanced discussion draws parallels between blueberry and coffee tasting that highlight the complexity of experiencing flavors.

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