Umami is a Japanese word that has been adopted to indicate savory flavor and scent, and is considered by some as the 5th core flavor along with sour, salty, sweet, and bitter.: Umami is a Japanese word meaning savory, a “deliciousness” factor deriving specifically from detection of the natural amino acid, glutamic acid, or glutamates common in meats, cheese, broth, mushroom stock, and other protein-heavy foods.

The action of umami receptors explains why foods treated with monosodium glutamate (MSG) often taste “heartier”. In coffee, savory relates to specific brothy, food-like character and can conflict with other basic flavors such as sweet, but is not undesirable.

It can be found in Indonesia coffees, but has appeared favorably in Colombias we have stocked as well.

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