Advanced Coffee Making

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ACM 3.03 – The Strength-Flavour Diagram

The Strength-Flavour Diagram

Note: * indicates the onset of generic-strength bitterness

The descriptors in this diagram can be applied to a broad range of beverages across the TDS spectrum. For instance, the TDS of a weak espresso will be almost twice as high as a very strong-tasting cezve coffee. As you calibrate to each brew method style, you should dial in your palate to the appropriate strength range for each style, before considering more nuanced tactile features like astringency or smoothness.