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Abyssinia

Ethiopia, formerly known as Abyssinia, or a coffee cultivar: Ethiopia, or more specifically the Empire under Haile Selassie,  was known

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Acaia vartiety

Acaia

Acaia is planted mainly in Brazil, an offspring of Mundo Novo cultivar.: The Acaia genotype was derived by selection from

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Aceh

The northernmost district in SumatraL Aceh District is north of North Sumatra and produces some very classic Sumatra coffees. The

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Acerbic

A synonym for unpleasant sourness. This can result from fermentation problems in the coffee (“Sours beans”) or from brewing problems.:

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Acetic-acid

Acetic Acid

Acetic acid can lead to vinegar-like flavors in over-mature coffees, or bitterness in high quantities. But in moderate amounts it

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acidity scale

Acidity

Acidity is a positive flavor attribute in coffee, also referred to as brightness or liveliness. It adds a brilliance to

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acidity scale

Acids

Many acids contribute to coffee flavor: acetic, malic, citric, quinic, tartaric, phosphoric, etc.: Many acids contribute to coffee flavor; malic,

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Acrid

A general negative flavor term, from defect bean, bad roast, or bad brewing: Unpleasantly sharp, astringent or bitter to the

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Aeropress coffee maker with stainless filter disc

Aeropress

A portable coffee brewer that makes a unique dense brew, somewhat similar to an Americano.: The Aeropress looks like a

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