An Hour of Tasting Apples

Last week I organized a casual apple tasting for staff here at the Olympia Roastery. I had some vintage cider apple varieties from a project my partner and I were working on at home and felt compelled to share that with my palate driven co-workers. To add to the fun I included several apples from the Farmer’s Market.

This time of year the Olympia Farmer’s Market has freshly harvested apples from Eastern Washington. The variety is diverse, so picking 7 apples to add to the tasting was easy to do. I did get an odd look from the vendor when I started to mark the tops of each apple with the variety name – I was worried that I would forget which one was which!

We tasted the following dessert/eating apples: Cameo, Braeburn, Golden Supreme, Rome, Jonagold, Star King, and Criterion. The Cider Varieties were Porter’s Perfection, Dabinette, Yarlington Mill and Kingston Black.

We evaluated each apple for acidity, sweetness, balance and flavor. The Kingston Black and Criterion came out on top as favorites.

I encourage you to expand your palate and do a quick and impromptu tasting of the fall fruits in your area. Or anything in the market place for that matter! We all can stand to learn a lot more about the flavors that we experience inside and outside the world of coffee.

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