Piece Of Cake! Finally, A Coffee Analogy We Can Chew On

 
By 30 August 2012
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Finally! A coffee analogy we can sink our teeth into. You got a friend who wants to learn more about coffee? Tell them it’s a piece of cake! This slice of wisdom comes from HomeBarista user GVDub:

I’ve had a certain amount of success with an analogy to baked goods, at least regarding bean freshness and storage. You wouldn’t want to bake a cake, then leave is sitting out for a couple of weeks before eating it – it would be dry, stale, and tasteless. You also wouldn’t want to store it in the fridge because it will pick up flavors, no matter how carefully you wrap it. Coffee is food, like cake, and follows a not dissimilar deterioration curve. It needs the same kind of care.

We love it! Redditor PumpkinSweater adds:

Roasting coffee is like baking a cake, you’re going to want to eat it within a week or two. Also, who did the roasting makes a big difference, and if you’re buying it in a supermarket it’s probably not going to be that good.

It’s a simple bit of advice that’s easy to explain, and easy to remember. And once people grasp the idea, it’s a little easier for people to grasp what makes good coffee so good.

Who knew coffee roasting and cake baking were so closely aligned? We also apply this cake-analogy to our infrequent Mocha Frappuccino binges. While we usually stick to artisanal cakes, we occasionally indulge in a Hostess Cupcake. Who doesn’t? And while the WD-50 Wylie Dufresne reverse-engineered Pistachio Cake is absolutely divine, we’ll always have a soft spot in our hearts for the log-shaped Baskin Robbins Mint Ice Cream Fudge Cake. Ain’t gonna lie!

What do you think? Is this analogy as wiggity-wack as wine? Should we cram a preserved slice of 1937 King Edward VIII wedding cake down our snack-hole? Sound off in the comments below!

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  • Nicole says:

    I love it!

    On a related note, I’ve found success in getting people who want a red eye to try the espresso separately by relating that if you take two great beers and mix them together, it probably won’t make them taste better than each would on its own.

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  • Eva says:

    Not to mention that a slice of cake will last an even shorter time than the whole cake.

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