Let your coffee cool a little
The cool thing about coffee is that the taste changes with temperature.
Yes, believe it or not, the cup of coffee in your hand can give you a variety of sensual treats.
It’s kind of like the hot soup you have during winter ( or even Summer ); as the soup cools down, we get to experience different and new tastes. Also, there may be tastes that disappear as other tastes take over.
I’m guessing it has something to do with the sensory cells on our tongue and how they are able to make out the different tastes according to temperature.
If you use coffee extraction methods like the syphon or the french press, the water tends to get very close to boiling point, and so you might want to wait a little for your coffee to cool before taking a sip.
Otherwise you might not have the pleasant of experiences with the first sip; the hot temperature preventing from truly tasting all the potential tastes in coffee. Burning your tongue maybe the worst-case-scenario. I burnt my tongue when I was young ( the hot chocolate I ordered in Toronto was piping hot. The naive me back then apparently thought there was enough steel in my tongue ) and so I’ve become rather sensitive to very hot liquid.
Perhaps this may only be the case with me, but I prefer coffee when it’s cooled down slightly; when it’s bearable to my tongue and without the need to blow on my coffee to cool it down.
The Coffee and Temperature Graph
So, I’ve expertly drawn my own graph to explain my point. Perhaps not expertly, but I’ve tried my best at drawing a graph.
The optimum temperature I have found where I can really taste an abundant variety of tastes from my cup of coffee is at the 80C/176F mark. Perhaps a little lower.
I really do think that there is an optimum temperature range for our tongue to palate the maximum amount of tastes contained in coffee ( the same goes for any other edible bites ).
Now, the graph may look different if I were to also include iced coffee, but that’s not what I’m trying to do here in this post. I’m just basing my theory around hot coffee ( it can be any extraction method, as long as there’s hot water involved ).
There is a relation with coffee and temperature. If you really want to get the full flavours of coffee, just wait a little bit, and then start having your coffee. It’d be great if you have a large coffee mug so that you’ll have enough sips to percept and taste the difference as the temperature drops.
Probably the better thing to do is to take your time with your coffee. Read a book, watch a movie, sing a song; taking the time to fully taste and palate your coffee might give you the best experiences of all in terms of getting to truly understand the wonders of coffee.
But just knowing that there’s another way to enjoy the cup of coffee in front of you can be a real delight.
If you have any experiences with the changes of taste in coffee in accordance to temperature, I think everyone would appreciate to hear your opinion and story.