This post is a repeat of one I put up over at our Company blog, because it’s as much about food (wine is food!) as it is about coffee. Here’s the text of what I put up:
One of my favorite parlor tricks to play with customers is to have them tell me their favorite wine, and I tell them a coffee they will like. I usually nail it.
The folks at Edible Piedmont are preparing a story about our roasting company, and in the course of our interview my “special skill” came up. They asked me if I could codify it somehow in a way that could be published. So as I was bouncing around the mountains of Nicaragua last week, I sketched it out in my notebook; 3-6 hours per day gives you time to think about stuff like this.
Now, a few caveats – this is an art, not a science. I laid things in the way that they are *generally* true – this is not to say there are never exceptions! I also did not exhaustively list wines, or coffees, I stuck to the ones that most non-professionals know, stuff that is easily available in a supermarket wine selection. If your favorite is a Verdhelo, or a Vouvray, or an Amontillado, you probably don’t need my help selecting a coffee you like. Finally, I find that while my trick works pretty well going from wine to coffee, it works less well in the other direction.
Anyway, I thought this was a fun world-view, I hope you enjoy it and/or find it useful.