I have noticed that there are a few people in our coffee industry that insist that their taste descriptions of coffee is scripted in stone and if you disagree, you are wrong. People who have been in this industry for a long time think they have the perfect palate and they are the only ones who can tell a good bean from a bad bean. They are wrong and should take noticed that the world of coffee does not revolve around them.
Everyone has a different taste palate. Someone may taste taste chocolate and spice in their coffee roast while someone else may taste citrus and smokey in their coffee. It means that people's taste are different and that what makes the coffee industry so interesting.
I am always amazed on the ways that home roasters roast their coffee. I talked to one home roaster who visited her brother, who roasted coffee in a hot popcorn popper and feel in love with taste of fresh roasted coffee. She become a home roaster upon returning from her brother and roast decaf and reg. She does her own blends and she loves it. The best part is the saving in cost of buying coffee from the store. Nothing beats fresh roasted coffee. She did the research, and she is enjoying it. She does a bold or full city roast and if she likes her blend, good for her!
Coffee roasted within 24 hours ago has an amazing rich taste and the taste as compared to store coffee is like night and day.
So... if you read that a certain coffee is bad or that coffee has a certain taste; don't take the word as final. Explore and find out if this a true taste of the coffee for you. Many people are distanced away from certain coffee when they read a review and never question why. This industry is not a pure science and one person's review is not the final word, it is just their opinion.
Do your own roast, enjoy exploring the blends and what works for you!