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Glossary of Coffee Terminology
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oily
A term sometimes used to denote a coffee that has a roasted oily taste due to a high degree of roasting or an oily coffee having a greasy but not rancid taste.

old
A roasted coffee that has been left for too long changes aroma and acquires a specific and disagreeable flavor. Similar to oldish but with stronger hay-like flavor.

oldish
A complete lack of freshness. Somewhat flat taste with a slight flavor of hay.

oniony
Has a flavor of onions.

organic
Organic is an important descriptive term in the contemporary coffee world. An organically-grown coffee must be certified by an international agency as having been grown without synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. Somewhat lower yields and the considerable cost of the certification process account for the higher prices demanded for many organic coffees.

ordinary
Below average quality for growth, grade and type. Bland.


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