Understanding the Role of Sensory Analysis of Coffee

Understanding the Role of Sensory Analysis of Coffee

How to Improve Sensory Skills in Coffee
At Terminal 3 Coffee Roasters, we are dedicated to crafting the perfect coffee experience, from sourcing the beans to the final sip in your cup. A big part of this journey is what we call
sensory analysis.

While some people only judge coffee based on its bitter taste, the truth is that coffee's flavour profile is remarkably complex. Fully appreciating this complexity requires a certain level of sensory skill

Sensory analysis plays a vital role in determining the taste and characteristics of coffee. It involves examining various sensory attributes. Some characteristics of coffee that can be evaluated through sensory analysis include:


The aroma of coffee can be sensed through the nose and is very important in determining its taste, as the aroma of coffee is often the first thing perceived when coffee is consumed.


Generally, the flavour profile of coffee that can be sensed through the tongue consists of four basic tastes: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.


The acidity level of coffee can affect its taste. The level of acidity in coffee varies depending on the type of coffee, the processing method, and the brewing method.


Lastly, the lingering flavour that remains in the mouth after swallowing also provides additional insights into the coffee's overall profile.

Quality coffee is not just about where it comes from or how it is made, but also the experience it offers. We believe that the real quality of coffee beans shines through sensory evaluation, where every element is carefully assessed to ensure consistency and excellence. 

Here at the Terminal, our commitment to quality begins with sensory analysis. Our dedicated team of coffee enthusiasts undergo rigorous training to hone their sensory skills, ensuring that every cup meets our exacting standards. From the moment the beans arrive at our roastery to the final pour into your cup, sensory evaluation guides every step of the journey to guarantee a consistently rich coffee experience.

Understanding sensory analysis is not just for experts; it is for every coffee lover. This exploration can help us notice the hidden complexities of each batch of coffee, allowing us to appreciate its unique characteristics and quality. So, the next time you savour a cup of coffee, pause to appreciate its flavours more intimately – you might just discover entirely new nuances in your brew. 

Find out How We Evaluate Our Coffee at Terminal 3.