Can you imagine anybody crazy enough to challenge himself with the task of inventing a complete set of descriptions of all coffee flavors imaginable? While this work could not be done without the assistance of many coffee experts from all around the world, there is one person who did incredibly much to put together and issue the so called Coffee Taster's Flavor Wheel – Ted Linge, former member of the Board of Directors of the National Coffee Service Association, founding co-chairmen of the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America), currently, senior advisor for CQI (Coffee Quality Institute) and formerly its executive director. In fact, the Coffee Taster's Flavor Wheel turned to be so popular that in 2016 it was further updated and enriched in collaboration with the WCR (World Coffee Research, USA).
The story of inventing the wheel of tastes is not new in the history of beverages. Similar wheels were created for beer (Dr. Meilgaard and others, 1979), wine (Dr.Noble and others, 1984), maple syrup and even whisky. Many of these where either individual or based on the consent and approve issued by the trading organization or industry influencers. While the coffee flavor wheel has got one of the most advanced scientific research work performed by multiple universities, coffee connoisseurs, volunteers, roasters, distributors and of course enthusiastic consumers.
The Lexicon brought by the Coffee Taster's Flavor Wheel contains 110 descriptions of coffee flavors, textures and aromas and serves as a perfect tool to measure the intensity of each. While the wheel is amust for coffee experts, it may still be used by intrigued coffee lovers as a reference worth learning that allows describing their perception of coffee tastes more precisely.