Posted Thu Dec 19, 2013, 11:20am Subject: trouble with PT's SouthPaw
I've had this blend once before and Im pretty sure I liked it. However this recent batch is driving me crazy. I can't get a good shot out of it. Everything tastes stale and bitter. I've tightened my grind, Im dosing 18g, and Im pulling, at 185 degrees;. my shots are about 24-26sec, tamp is even, and even the color looks good (dark bands during the pull, a nice mix of dark dark "clouds,"1-2mm on the surface).
The roast date is marked as 12/11.
Still, it tastes flat, bitter, stale. There are almost 0 high notes, I cant get an inkling of citrus or sour at all, but the low notes are more like dirty water than chocolate or malt.
Just a week ago I was pulling from a different company and was having wonderful results. I clean my machine every two weeks. In between blends I opened and cleaned my grinder. Im using bottled water in the reservoir.
I have two pounds of this stuff, help me make it tolerable :(
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