09-20-2013, 10:57 AM
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  • Crag
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I am a coffee afficionado - but I don't drink it... Let me explain:

I have always loved the scent of the different coffees and their alluring stories. I can't drink it, but I still enjoy going to the various coffee houses near my town and love to experience the story-telling and smells that each variety brings. I went to Italy in 2006 and sat in the Cafe di Vincenzo in Venice and watched and listened as the proprietor told his customers the correct way to make "Mocha", which I believe is what we call Espresso. It is a ground coffee made in a small purcolator similar to what we Cuban-American's use (Cafe Bustelo).

I have to say that of all the varieties of Coffee the best scented ones IMO are from Argentina. I don't know what specifically it is that makes them smell so good, but man..they are intoxicating! There is a variety called "La Plata" that is very dark and has a beautifully burnt scent to it, but it is not a sharp burnt...more of a wet-burnt scent, if that makes sense...it reminds me of a fresh rain on a coniferous fire area.

Another of my favorites is from Rosario and is called "La Bandera". This is a blond roast and smells completely different than the one above...it is more of a cafe mocha type scent and has sweeter notes with coconut in it...

My wife thinks I'm insane...we have a Scentsy warmer, and I warm the coffee beans in it and it is absolutely heavenly in my office...She can't smell anything...must just be me...

I enjoy my coffee every morning, but not in the traditional sense...I use it as an additive to my bath water. I used to suffer from horrible rheumatoid arthritic pain in both my hands...I'm only 46, so age is likely not a huge factor...probably genetic more than anything else, but since using it in my bath water I have noticed that my hands hurt less, especially in the cold months when it used to be unbearable!

Is there anyone on here that doesn't like the scent of coffee?

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 09-20-2013, 11:59 AM
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  • Harvey
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I enjoy drinking it and the scents from a good coffee shop...maybe there is an interest in scented after shave and soaps with this product in mind....also beer,Wine ,Liquor and tobacco...etc.(nice description by the way...just made me whip up a pot)(of Coffee not Pot)

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 09-20-2013, 12:21 PM
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  • freddy
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Your descriptions were wonderful. I love my morning coffee and go to one of two local coffeehouses for it. I think I enjoy the aroma as much as the actual drinking ritual.

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 09-20-2013, 01:11 PM
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Wow, what a great story! You sure love your coffee in a most intriguing manner! Smile

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 09-20-2013, 08:11 PM
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  • LORDBISHOP
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From one coffee lover/aficionado to another...Great description of both coffee scents, and also your numerous experiences/uses that i almost cannot believe do not include drinking it on a daily basis!!! I have been drinking coffee since an extremely young age-probably too young and find that I am able to smell and taste the scents and flavors better than any other medium...even shave soaps & creams! I have been lucky enough to travel extensively and have indeed had coffee/espresso/cappuccino/latte in some fine cafes across America, Italy, Holland, S.America and many Islands in the Caribbean...I too have had espresso cappuccino at "The Venice Cafe"!!! Saint Mark's square or Piazza Di San Marco in Venice is a one of a kind place at that. I now wait patiently each year for "The Cup of Excellence"...This takes place in over a dozen of the World's best coffee producing countries and has groups of international aficionados and buyers/roasters, whom taste and "cup" coffees to determine each country of origins most exotic/flavorful/complex beans from farmers small and large alike... these coffees are then auctioned at incredible prices, bringing money that rivals hitting the lotto in some of these countries. I have to say that a lot of hype surrounds coffees like Jamaican Blue Mountain varieties and Geisha coffees grown in Costa Rica among many other well known coffee climates...But if anyone has the opportunity to try Hawaiian coffee - look out for "Rusty's Farm" that is now operated by his widowed wife and probably creates some of the most unique flavors and smells that come from the coffee bean...I recently had Ka'u classic peaberry that smelled of sparkling grapefruit, with a hint of hazelnut and a silky chocolate finish...What blows my mind is the variety of bean and plant that can create these complex yet completely natural flavors when grown and cared for by true coffee green thumb'sAngelHope everyone enjoys their next cup Cheers Thanks for the thread Crag!

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 09-20-2013, 09:37 PM
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  • Crag
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(09-20-2013, 08:11 PM)LORDBISHOP Wrote: I now wait patiently each year for "The Cup of Excellence"...

Yes!... I went to the LA Culinary Institute last May for a group cupping of Polynesian Growers and sampled quite a few coffees from the Pacific Rim...people were outright angry that all I did was sniff the cups...LOL I tried to explain that I was a "different sort on connoisseur" and they scoffed at me. I've considered membership in ACE (Alliance of Coffee Excellence) and at one point while in Nigeria with the US Marine Corps was tempted to travel to the Nestle Nescafe Plant and Scent the coffee variants. Unfortunately I couldn't get permission as it was outside the "safe travel zone", but I did get to sample some raw beans from local growers...some of which may have been pre-digested by local Monkeys...I didn't want to sniff more of those, but the farmer insisted it was a premium blend, soft on the Palate with an earthy flavor...I'll take his word for it!...LOL.

Scenting Coffees are my fourth passion - My family is first, Church is 2nd, shaving is third...Heart Anything else seems frivolous...Angel

Matt

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