Coffee isn't just for drinking, it's strong flavors make it the perfect compliment for cooking foods and baking desserts.
A coffee's aftertaste, also called the finish, is a taste that remains in the mouth subsequent to swallowing a sip of brewed coffee. Aftertastes range from chocolaty to carbony, turpeny to spicy, possibly with hints of caramel, fruitiness, smokiness, roastiness, and other flavors.
A coffee's aftertaste is created by vapors and gases - volatile organic compounds - from the ground and brewed coffee beans. These vapors that create the aftertaste are released from the residue that remains in the mouth after swallowing the coffee.
A coffee's aftertaste is one of the things that cuppers (professional coffee tasters) use to judge the coffee, rating the intensity and quality of the aroma and flavor that remains after the coffee has been swooshed around in the mouth and then either swallowed or spit out (as a cupper may do).
Espresso Drink Recipes
We also have a full listing of espresso drink recipes that are perfect for entertaining.
For tips on brewing the perfect cup of coffee see our section on Coffee Brewing.