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Coffee Haters

Once there was little more than water or the nectar of the gods. That was before an Ethiopian shepherd called Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed his sheep being strung out from the lack of sleep. He had a taste of the berries they had been eating, and a revolution began. Good man Kaldi, well played.

Now we had coffee, so who cared anymore about the nectar of whatever?

Coffee Lid - by Flickr user SimonQ, used here under a Creative Commons licence

Coffee Lid – by Flickr user SimonQ, used here under a Creative Commons licence

But even now, all is not as it should be. There are coffee haters among us.

…they imagine themselves in an entirely contrary light, although their foolish and inimical actions give them away…

These are a ragtag band, so insidious that some of them do not even realise they are coffee haters. In fact, they imagine themselves in an entirely contrary light, although their foolish and inimical actions give them away.

We have all seen them – more often than not they are ubanites, they flit about, chatting on mobiles, rushing to work or sitting in company cars prepping sales presentations. Whatever it is, these pre-occupied morons want their coffee “to go”. They are on the move, these go getters. They want us all to see they need their coffee to be portable, their very societal importance is underpinned by the fact of this mobility. Their cups are fashion accessories, much like the spring water bottles that had to be toted a few years ago as a denotation of being health-conscious. But their coffee cups are special.

They have non-spill-lids.

These adults are using baby cups.

They hate their coffee. They really hate it.

Savour the Flavour

Translated for Americans – Savor the Flavor

For a true, dyed-in-the-wool coffee drinker, this is a heretical position.

The vast amount of the sense we think of as taste is actually smell. There are plenty of scientists out there who will do what scientists do – they will attempt to quantify how much taste is smell and define it numerically. For the purposes of the Inquisition it will suffice to say “most”. Try holding your nose next time to eat and quantify the resulting loss numerically, if you are of the Scientific Persuasion).

There is a certain amount of debate as to how many base taste sensations we can quantify, but the number is likely to be 5 or 7. We can however, take it that there are 5 basic ‘tastes’ – salty, sour, sweet, bitter and umami. Without a sense of smell, the best we might expect is to able to experience these and distiguish them in only the vaguest manner.

Now consider the harsh truth of non-spill lids. They have one opening; a single opening intended to be fully covered by the mouth in gleeful imbibition. It fully excludes the nose from the tasting process. These haters’ nostrils are out there in the air pulling in disparate fragrances as they walk past open sewers, sit in taxis, work at perfume counters. They have no idea of the caffeinated and flavoursome delectation they are missing out on. Fools.

The Essential Problem

We don’t appreciate our olfactory system and we over-estimate our gustatory system.

A Tray of Evil - by Flickr user gwen, used here under a Creative Commons licence

A Tray of Evil – by Flickr user gwen, used here under a Creative Commons licence

Tip – Taste Better

If you really wish to experience a clearer, purer taste then try this. Exhale through your nose after each swallow. This clears the airwaves, runs air across your olfactory cells and prepares for your next mouthful. If you are not already, you will not become a supertaster, but you will at least give your senses the chance to be at the top of their game.

The story of Kaldi by Salambo in Addis
Anosmia – life without smell on the Guaradian
The Smithsonian Magazine on supertasters and smell
Live Science discusses the interconnection of taste and smell
About Taste on EntNet

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