Strong

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What does it mean when referring to coffee? It can refer to:

  • Coffee grinds to water ratio (body)
  • Light roast vs. dark roast (color)
  • The quality of the coffee itself (smooth vs. astringent)
  • The taste (sweet vs. foul)

Because the word strong is not clearly defined, we use it based on our cultural experiences. Strong to some means you can stand a spoon up in it. To others it defines a coffee that tastes bad. To still others, it means dark, oily beans. Darker = strong. Let’s stop using that word and work harder to be clear on this word. We have already eliminated rich as an adjective, so let’s remove strong too. Both words have become meaningless when describing coffee.

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