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Coffee Love: What’s Your Type?

But that means an eight-ounce cup, not the Big-Gulp, tachycardia-inducing size common to most coffee shops. If you find yourself craving more than that, your current brew may be leaving you unfulfilled. Does your relationship with coffee parallel your love affairs? It’s a fun question to ponder. See if you’ve found your perfect match with these coffee lover profiles:

Light roast coffee. These beans are subjected to a very brief roasting process, yielding a pale, reddish-brown hue and an aromatic, mellow flavor. The smooth quality of light roasts belies their caffeine content; most have as much caffeine as dark roasts. They’ll wake you up just as passionately, but they’re more subtle. They’ll whisper in your ear, instead of screaming in your face. Perfect if you like your love affairs nice and smooth.

Medium roast. These beans are baked a bit longer, yielding a rich-brown coffee with a deeper, fuller flavor than light roasts, but with less edge than darker varieties. They’re complex, fragrant and flavorful, and lacking in the bitter qualities that can spoil any romance. If you like a robust but low-drama love affair, this one’s for you.

Dark roasts. These beans are cooked to a deep, glossy brown or black; this is the roast most often used for espresso. Dark roasting must be done with great attention and care; it’s easy to go from a deep, rich flavor to burned beans. Finely crafted, though, dark coffee is a passionate choice for those who like their relationships intense, edgy, even a little explosive.

Varietals. For many years, coffees were made almost exclusively by blending beans from many different regions. Like wine or chocolate, coffee varietals are unblended selections hailing from a single country, region or crop. Some of the most popular of these are Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Jamaican Blue Mountain and Hawaiian Kona. Are you a discriminating, refined and very choosy lover? This is the brew for you.

Decaffeinated. Met with mild derision among some coffee lovers, decaf has its place in the coffee world. A good brew will retain all the rich coffee flavor, but none of the slap-in-the-face qualities that make an after-dinner espresso verboten for some of us. This is brew for those who crave gentle, soft-spoken and tender affairs.

Flavored coffees. For some folks, a hint of mint or a layer of almond improves the flavor of coffee, enhancing its natural sweetness and complex undertones. For others, flavored coffees taste like hot ice cream. If you like a little novelty in your relationship with coffee, choose those made with natural vanilla, ground nuts, cocoa beans or other natural flavorings, rather than artificial flavorings that leave a cloying, unpleasant aftertaste–a very bad sign in any affair.

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Lisa Turner

Lisa is a chef and nutritionist with more than 30 years of professional experience and formal training in food, nutrition and product development. She’s written five books on food and nutrition and is the creator of The Healthy Gourmet iPhone app, and has been a featured blogger for many national sites, including Huffington Post and Whole Foods Market. Lisa is a faculty instructor at Bauman College of Culinary Arts and also teaches food and nutrition classes and workshops to individuals and corporations. She's a black belt in Ninjutsu, an active volunteer in the Boulder Valley school lunch system, and an avid wild food forager.


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4:13AM PDT on Oct 4, 2014

Ground coffee is the best. . . Turkish is really nice and earthy.

1:39PM PST on Jan 27, 2014

i'm more of a tea person

11:59PM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

it really has to depend on the moods...
Sometimes might prefer dark roast, sometimes medium.....Occasionally flavoured with milk

2:09PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

I drink plunger coffee mostly - strong, black, no sugar. One or two cups, mid to late morning and just occasionally in the afternoon. Oh - and NEVER instant :)

8:27AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

I drink regular in the morning and decaf or water in the afternoon. I drink coffee with skim milk and Splenda. I also buy flavored coffee.

7:59AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Most coffees are great but gotta love the Turkish coffee!!!! Thanks.

3:42AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Love all types of roasts, blends and single-origin, but quality is key for me!

11:35AM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

need need need that first cup

2:00PM PDT on Apr 1, 2011

My day starts with a coffee at Star Bucks, where my brain goes into action and our best creative work is done in this time. 1-2 cups only and I am set for the day. I am a coffee society brat, I love the atmosphere and the energy at coffee bars and find coffee drinking people to be so friendly. Indeed I met my partner there of last the last 6 years and we have used Star Bucks as our office to build a new industry in electric motor technologies. We thanks the coffee for switching our brains on.
Best coffee I ever had was in Taiwan, go figure I could drink it all day and never get the shakes, so smooth.

9:19PM PDT on Mar 30, 2011

I will NOT NOT NOT give up coffee! I don't drink alcohol of any sort, don't drink soft drinks and don't even hit the burgers and fries too often. The only vice I have is coffee and if I give it up I will turn into an insufferable Little Goody Two-Shoes. Besides, each cup has over a thousand different antioxidants.

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