Why does coffee sometimes smell like cigarette?

Why does coffee sometimes smell like cigarette?

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  1. Hi, I understand this is an old thread, however, I have read some answers and many of them are stating that it is the coffee quality etc.. Well, I don’t want to sound objective, but every old coffee (ground or beans) appear to get that tobacco smell when they have gotten old or aged for a while..
    I never was a super coffee drinker until I got passed 45 yrs of age, but I have had many brands and types of coffee qualities and they all appear to get this smell.
    So, I still would question, WHY? why the smell of tobacco or cigarette smell?
    Thanks for reading.

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  2. The correct question you should have asked is: “Why does coffee smell like old cigarette butts to me ?”
    I don’t know. It certainly doesn’t smell like old cigarette butts to me. It smells heavenly.

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  3. Arabica coffee smells nice. Arabica coffee’s aroma could be fruitty, sweet, flowery, cinnamon. The aroma depends on de country of origin, its quality etc.
    The aroma is related to taste. For example if an arabica coffee has a cinammon aroma it also has a cinnamon flavour.
    Then if a coffee smells like cigarette, it means that it also tastes like cigarette. Therefore, that is an indicator of a low quality coffee (low price coffee). Usually, robusta coffees have a cigarette smell and are bitter.
    I would recommend you to try a high quality coffee (arabica coffee). I love mexican arabica coffee, it has fruity, cinnamon and chocolate aroma (flavour) you can find it in Europe & usa: http://www.mexicorealcafe.com

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  4. Because you got some stinking dark roast put out by barismo coffee that sctually says in its blurb on the freaking bag and i quote “ dark cocoa, toasted nuts, tobacco, and a hont of brown sugar…” but tgey never put it in the freaking ingredients. I git so sick off that coffee i cant take nuts or tobacco. If im wrong i alologize but i bet im not. Im ripped.

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  5. I agree that at times, coffee (especially ground coffee) has a faint “smokey” smell to it; it depends on the beans and the roasting process, and how sensitive your nose is.

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  6. Old and/or over-roasted coffee may smell like cigarettes.
    I recently burned Indonesian Sulawesi Kalossi coffee beans while roasting them at home. They are supposed to have faint tobacco notes when roasted properly (more likely light to medium roasted), but an Italian roast of these beans will certainly make you think that you are smelling and drinking tobacco.
    I also opened an old bag of French roasted Starbucks coffee a couple of months ago. That was useless and dead coffee, and smelled like tobacco.

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  7. Are you drinking your coffee at the local donut shop, because being a recovering tobacco addict (28 yrs.), I get those confused, one still makes me think of the other, smell wise that is. Unless someone is fucking with you.

    Victor Allen’s

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  8. It doesn’t always smell like tobacco. The origin of the coffee will affect the acidity and sweetness of the coffee. The roaster can either bring those nuances out or go for darker flavor depending on the profile he/shes uses. But it all starts with the bean quality, roasters cannot make certain flavors from something that was never there to begin with.
    In the case of Brazil. Since you don’t specify a growing region, I can say in general that much of the good coffee from Brazil tends to have low acidity, heavier in body with nutty flavors, because of lower altitude compared to brighter coffees elsewhere. If it is processed pulp natural or dry, which would be a guess, that can also contribute to sweetness and nuttyness. So it might be that some of the aromas you associate with tabacco could be coming from the origin in Brazil.
    The last thing is, if your coffee is already ground when you buy it, it will probably be stale by the time you open it twice. Ground coffee allows oxidization to happen way faster than whole bean, even in an air tight container. I notice that once I grind coffee, the next day any unused smells stale and all the fruitiness aromas are pretty much gone. So even the sweetest coffee can smell like old wood or tabacco after a while. I suggest you invest in a cheap burr grinder (Baratza for about $130 works great), and buy whole bean from now on, night and day difference.

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