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Date: 07 May 2007 15:15:39
From: Chandi Bernier
Subject: bitterness of espresso
Hi,

I haven't drank a straight espresso for the last 5 years. I've been
drinking only Lattés.

Since I'll be buying myself a machine soon I wanted to taste a real good
espresso. So there we went, supposedly at the café where they make the
best shots in Montreal (Café art java). Well.... I don't know if the
shost weere bad or what but it was barely drinkable to me. Very bitter
taste and worse aftertaste. I didn't feel comfortable enough to ask the
barista.

Is it me or it is supposed to be like that. Is an espresso supposed to
be much more bitter than regular drip coffee ? (I drink french press).
In my souvenirs, espressos tasted quite sweet (without any added sugar)
and had only a little touch of bitterness. It had a really rich flavor,
nice crema but the taste was too bitter for me to like it.


I'd like you to help me understand what happened to my taste buds
yesterday ;)

Thanks,

Chandi




 
Date: 08 May 2007 09:16:13
From: Randy G.
Subject: Re: bitterness of espresso
Since taste is subjective it is difficult to comment specifically. If
we first ignore the bitterness factor, the aftertaste does point
towards a problem with the espresso you tasted. That would tend to
indicate that there was indeed a problem with the espresso. I have a
little 'lesson' on my website, "A Beginners' Guide to Tasting
Espresso"- take a look at that to get an idea of what to expect.
Additionally, if you ask a barrista about the espresso's taste and
they can't discuss it or they turn it back at you in some knee-jerk
way (such as, 'You just aren't use to espresso.') then it might be
time to find another coffee shop.

Randy "are you sure it wasn't a Starbies" G.
http://www.EspressoMyEspresso.com




Chandi Bernier <burni13@hotmail.com > wrote:
>
>Hi,
>
>I haven't drank a straight espresso for the last 5 years. I've been
>drinking only Lattés.
>
>Since I'll be buying myself a machine soon I wanted to taste a real good
>espresso. So there we went, supposedly at the café where they make the
>best shots in Montreal (Café art java). Well.... I don't know if the
>shost weere bad or what but it was barely drinkable to me. Very bitter
>taste and worse aftertaste. I didn't feel comfortable enough to ask the
>barista.
>
>Is it me or it is supposed to be like that. Is an espresso supposed to
>be much more bitter than regular drip coffee ?


 
Date: 07 May 2007 21:20:44
From: D. Ross
Subject: Re: bitterness of espresso
Chandi Bernier <burni13@hotmail.com > wrote:



 
Date: 07 May 2007 14:22:11
From: bernie
Subject: Re: bitterness of espresso
Chandi Bernier wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I haven't drank a straight espresso for the last 5 years. I've been
> drinking only Lattés.
>
> Since I'll be buying myself a machine soon I wanted to taste a real good
> espresso. So there we went, supposedly at the café where they make the
> best shots in Montreal (Café art java). Well.... I don't know if the
> shost weere bad or what but it was barely drinkable to me. Very bitter
> taste and worse aftertaste. I didn't feel comfortable enough to ask the
> barista.
>
> Is it me or it is supposed to be like that. Is an espresso supposed to
> be much more bitter than regular drip coffee ? (I drink french press).
> In my souvenirs, espressos tasted quite sweet (without any added sugar)
> and had only a little touch of bitterness. It had a really rich flavor,
> nice crema but the taste was too bitter for me to like it.
>
>
> I'd like you to help me understand what happened to my taste buds
> yesterday ;)
>
> Thanks,
>
> Chandi

It is not supposed to taste bitter or have a bad aftertaste. If you
are in a shop occassionally and you don't see the staff "doing shots"
you may ask yourself why. My staff drink espresso shots all day long.
How else would a staff know if the shots are correct? There are a
zillion ways to ruin a shot so it would be difficult to actually say why
you got bad shots.
Bernie


  
Date: 08 May 2007 06:12:55
From: Donn Cave
Subject: Re: bitterness of espresso
Quoth bernie <bdigman@zianet.com >:
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