Smart Coffee was created by specialty coffee pioneer Paul Katzeff of the Thanksgiving Coffee Company. The Smart Coffee feature allows you to choose the mouth feel, acidity and flavor notes that you prefer in your coffee. Once you have chosen your flavor profile, Paul will recommend blends that you can create yourself at your local grocery store’s bulk coffee bin. The app allows you to learn how roast color, processing and country of origin influences coffee flavor. Explore coffee terms, photos from origin, and learn how to think like a coffee professional from Paul. I don't have an iPhone so I wasn't able to experience the app in its entirety but there is a web version where you can get coffee suggestions based on your preferences. Let's walk through, shall we?
2. Next is the type of acidity. I think I chose Blueberry/Strawberry for sweet & sour notes when I originally did this but this time I chose Cedar/Oaky for a more earthy/spicy combination. My taste preference changes by the day.
3. After the acidity, you choose the flavors that you like best. I always choose chocolate, berry and toasty. Sometimes I'll swap the berry for roasted chestnuts but not today.
5. If you do like your review, you move on to the final step which is choosing your blend. As you can see above, it will give you a little information about each one. Clicking on it will take you to the Thanksgiving Coffee Company website so you can choose the way you like your coffee (beans, french press, etc) and finally have some for yourself.
I ordered this coffee for a French Press but I also made the ballsy decision to try it in my Keurig which was a hot mess. Quick tip from experience, only use regular coffee grounds in your reusable k-cup. The larger ones made for something like the French Press will turn out watery and gross. I swear I could dedicate a week of blogging to bloopers. After my ingenious mistake of using the grounds in my Keurig, I made it in my French Press and it was a whole different experience. The coffee came out smooth and silky and the flavor honestly blew me away. It was tangy and bold with a hint of tartness. That tartness gave the coffee a bright quality. I've been using Starbucks and Caribou k-cups lately (thank you Costco) so this was a treat for me. Here's what I love about making great blends in a French Press. You have total control of how strong you want your coffee to be. Leave it steep longer for a more bold drink or press early for something lighter. You can have a different experience each time you make coffee, kind of like the Smart Coffee app. This feature is basically introducing you to a new world of blends and flavors. If your taste changes regularly like mine, your results will almost never be the same giving you a different coffee experience each time. It makes the journey that much more exciting.
I really enjoyed working with this app. I can't use it to its full extent because I have an Android instead of an iPhone but the web version is such a great tool. This is how I was able to choose my blend through my flavor profile and that's where those screenshots came from. What do you think? Is this something you'd be interested in trying?