The Coffee Taster's Flavor Wheel

What is the Flavor Wheel?


Originally published in 1995, the Coffee Taster's Flavor Wheel—one of the most iconic resources in the coffee industry—has been the industry standard for over two decades. In 2016, this valuable resource was updated in collaboration with World Coffee Research (WCR). The foundation of this work, the World Coffee Research Sensory Lexicon, is the product of dozens of professional sensory panelists, scientists, coffee buyers, and roasting companies collaborating via WCR and SCA. This is the largest and most collaborative piece of research on coffee flavor ever completed, inspiring a new set of vocabulary for industry professionals.

Where Can I Purchase the Flavor Wheel?

The Coffee Taster's Flavor Wheel can be purchased in the SCA Store. Click here to get your poster now.

Digital files of the Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel are now available in Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish languages at the new and improved SCA Store! Click here to view them.

Usage Guidelines

The Coffee Taster's Flavor Wheel is licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). The only exception to the non-commercial use term is that the Flavor Wheel may be used within a book, with attribution per the terms of the License, so long as the book isn't primarily about the Flavor Wheel. For more information pertaining to book publishing, please contact Tara Smith at For more information about the Creative Commons License pertaining to the Flavor Wheel, please click here.

It is SCA's goal to provide translated versions of the Flavor Wheel to our major areas of membership around the world. To view the languages in which we currently offer the Flavor Wheel poster, click here

All translation development work must be led by the SCA, and goes through a review process to ensure accurate translations. If you would like to request that a language be considered for a future poster please contact Trade restrictions between the U.S. and Iran prohibits SCA from developing a Farsi language poster at this time for distribution in Iran, and also from authorizing any licensing options for Iranian distribution. Per the Creative Commons license carried by the Flavor Wheel, unauthorized translations of the poster may not be distributed.


The Coffee Taster's Flavor Wheel by SCA and WCR (©2016) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License