Why do I like the smell of coffee, but not the taste?

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Maryury asked the Naked Scientists:
Why is it that I like the smell of freshly ground coffee beans, when I don't like to actually drink it?

What do you think?
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Why do I like the smell of coffee, but not the taste?
« Reply #1 on: 20/01/2011 09:21:51 »
Although smell and taste are related there are plenty of examples of confict. Coffee can be one. Another is (maybe) the smell of tobacco, which is very nice until burnt or (in some cases) chewed though clearly there are people who like it. In the other direction, there are some cheeses that smell awful yet taste very nice (like a ripe Camembert).

Survival training involves testing potential foodstuffs with smell and taste before graduating to eating anything, and then only a little at a time and waiting for any adverse effects. Even tasting should be done cautiously by applying a little to the lips before actually getting round to swallowing it. Although a first line of natural defence is smell and taste they clearly are not 100% reliable.