Laowai Senior Member Joined: 29 Oct 2012 Posts: 7 Location: Beijing, China Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Eupa TSK 1819A Grinder: Feima 600N
Posted Tue Dec 11, 2012, 5:07pm Subject: Re: I have become... a SNOB
Yea, I've gotten to this point as well already. Even old beans that are past premium, or grinding not in tune, or tamping was screwed up and resulted in blonding.... even making all the mistakes that result in a not-so-great pull. It still tastes better than any of the crap they sell out there retail. Even the absolute worst pulls I get will still have SOME crema. I've been soldiering through a batch of beans I forgot about. It's 2 months old. It's sumiyaki and honestly not very good at all. It's stale and I have been using every excuse to get rid of it as fast as possible. Starbucks drinkers have come over and I have unloaded it on them and they just want more of it. I'm almost tempted to take a trek out into the world to remember what a bad cup of coffee tastes like.
qualin Senior Member Joined: 30 Jun 2012 Posts: 496 Location: Calgary, AB Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Izzo Alex Duetto 3 Grinder: Mazzer Mini Elect. Type A Vac Pot: Looking to buy Drip: Manual Roaster: Considering?
Posted Tue Dec 11, 2012, 9:02pm Subject: Re: I have become... a SNOB
I recently purchased a cafe macchiato from a local in independently owned coffee shop which I recently discovered.
You know what happens when you leave a HX sitting for too long and then you pull a shot on it without flushing it? Well, now I know.
Yup.. I might as well have paid $3 to suck on some charcoal briquettes. Lesson learned I guess.
It took nearly every ounce of strength I had to not chew the barista out and tell them how to flush an HX machine before pulling a shot. The sad part is, before I joined this forum, I would have puzzled as to why the coffee tasted so burnt and bitter. Now, I know exactly what the barista did wrong.
The sad part is, the shop had a Mahlkonig K30 Vario grinder sitting next to the machine. I figured if a shop is willing to buy a grinder that expensive, the drink must taste good, right? Well, too bad for me.
Heh. Of course, there is always a polite way. I'm just exaggerating. I probably should have just asked the Barista to pull another shot, but I'm actually quite polite in real life and wouldn't dream of it. I'm more the type that just rants about it on a bulletin board or his personal blog and then lets it slide.
I'll probably go back there in a few weeks time and try again, but maybe just stick to milk drinks.
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