From Coffee Drinker to Connoisseur: Developing Your Palate for Coffee

Coffee Drinker to Connoisseur: Developing Your Palate for Coffee

Hey coffee lovers! If you're like most people, you probably have a go-to coffee order that you stick to day after day. But have you ever wondered if you're missing out on the complex flavours and notes that are locked inside your coffee beans? As West Aussies we are so lucky to have some of Australia's most impressive local Coffee Roasters in Perth and we want to help you make the most out this exciting world of coffee! Check out our amazing Roasters!

It's time to shake things up and try something new! Did you know that by altering the ratio of coffee to milk in your order, you can unlock a whole new world of flavours and develop your palate for different roasts? We are helping coffee lovers take their appreciation for coffee to the next level! Apply the same appreciation you would to your wine, gin or craft beer tastings and transfer it over to the world of coffee.

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Let's start with the basics. The average coffee-to-milk ratio for a latte, flat white etc. in Western Australia is 2 shots of coffee to 12oz (350ml) of milk – that's a 1:6 ratio. But to really taste the nuances of your coffee, you'll want to gradually reduce the amount of milk in your cup.

Here in Western Australia, we have a favourite order called the Long Mac Topped Up. This is essentially a stronger latte with a ratio of 1:4, giving you a more pronounced coffee flavour. Learn more on the Long Mac Topped Up here.

But why stop there? Ask for a Long Mac Topped ¾ (1:3 ratio) or try a Piccolo latte (1:2 ratio) to further reduce the amount of milk in your coffee. Feeling adventurous? Order a Cortado, which is equal parts coffee and milk (1:1 ratio), or go for a traditional Short Macchiato (Short Mac) which is a coffee shot with a little dash of milk (2:1 ratio).

Read more on The Different Types of Coffee Explained.

Short Macchiato

By gradually cutting back on the milk in your coffee, you'll start to notice the different flavours and notes present in different roasts. Your coffee will take on a new light and you will start to have fun exploring the wonderful world of coffee that we have in WA. And with practice, you'll develop the skills to identify different flavours, hints, and tastes in your coffee. Soon you will be able to decide for yourself what is the best coffee in Perth. 

So next time you're at your brewing at home or heading to your favourite café, try switching up your usual order and see what new flavours you can discover.

Who knows, you might just become a coffee connoisseur!

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