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Posted Sat Apr 7, 2012, 3:39pm
Subject: Who can drink it straight?
 

Just curious how many of us can drink espresso straight, no water, no milk, no sugar, no lungos. Straight up ristretto or normale. I've gotten so used to drinking it with milk that I recently tried drinking it straight and couldn't stand even a sip of it. So strong, so heavily roast flavored. It made my stomach turn. This was from a 20 gram double shot. I'm thinking it may be too high of a dose, but I've always heard overdosing is the best way to make espresso, especially if you plan to drink it straight.

So how many of us can drink espresso straight?

 
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Posted Sat Apr 7, 2012, 3:44pm
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What are you drinking?  I usually sip Redbird and then dilute to an americano.

 
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Posted Sat Apr 7, 2012, 3:45pm
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it's the only way i drink it.  

probably because it's the first way i've ever drank it and i also avoid dairy and sugar during the week.  

if it's well pulled, i really like to be able to taste all the different notes of the espresso(and brewed coffee)
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Posted Sat Apr 7, 2012, 3:52pm
Subject: Re: Who can drink it straight?
 

D4F Said:

What are you drinking?  I usually sip Redbird and then dilute to an americano.

Posted April 7, 2012 link

I get my beans straight from Dillanos. Meaning I actually go into their roastery and buy a nice big 5lb bag of "Dillon's Blend" the day it's roasted. I take it home, I divide it into small freezer bags, freeze most of it, and typically tinker with a bag of it for 7 days till it's good. By then my bag is usually gone, so I pull another bag out of the freezer. The stuff I have now has been in the freezer for a month now. It doesn't taste bad, it's just so horribly strong and tasting of the roast. I used to like sipping straight espresso, but my taste buds have somehow changed I guess.


Update:

I pulled some fresh beans out of the freezer, and pulled what I think is a ristretto, or a 1.5oz shot in 30 seconds. I sipped it and could taste chocolate, the roast, and really strong coffee. Perhaps it's this particular roast/blend that doesn't taste good to me? I should go get a bunch of Redbird since I used to like that straight.

*cough* So strong.

 
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Posted Sat Apr 7, 2012, 4:18pm
Subject: Re: Who can drink it straight?
 

I like espresso so much, I just upgraded to the La Marzocco espresso-only Shot Brewer...doesn't even have a steam wand.

JDHarding Said:

It doesn't taste bad, it's just so horribly strong and tasting of the roast. I used to like sipping straight espresso, but my taste buds have somehow changed I guess.

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With some blends or single origins, and when the parameters are working right, espresso can taste like sweet caramel or chocolate.  The sweetness is not an exaggeration.  I had a former roommate who worked at Starbucks, and I pulled him a shot of Blue Bottle's Roman Espresso on a day I could do no wrong with it.  He had a huge smile, his eyes got big and he asked me, "why's it so sweeeet?"  Hehehe.  I was proud of that.  

How dark is Dillon's Blend?  Maybe shop around and see if you can find a different blend you like more.  For me, I don't like blends that are roasted too dark so that even when my brew temperature seems right, the sweetness gets overwhelmed by the roasty toasty flavor.  I also am not a huge fan of super light, bright, citrusy blends (though I have lots of friends who are).  These can be sweet, but I usually get a lot of tartness in them too that I don't prefer.  For my taste buds, I try to find the sweet caramels and chocolates mixed with other interesting things.

And it's a tricky little game, because if my brew temps are too high, I taste salt instead of sweet....or if the temps are too low, I taste that other icky thing, sour instead of sweet.  But I love this game.
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Posted Sat Apr 7, 2012, 5:44pm
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Straight most of the time. May occasionally add a bit of raw sugar or honey, but nothing more.

There's nothing wrong with adding milk, water, etc. as some people just don't care for the intensity of espresso.
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Posted Sat Apr 7, 2012, 5:50pm
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I wondered about the roast.  Redbird is pretty mild, in fact some say that it does not go with milk well.  Your blend may have a little more bite, darker, to with milk.

 
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Posted Sat Apr 7, 2012, 5:54pm
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D4F Said:

I wondered about the roast.  Redbird is pretty mild, in fact some say that it does not go with milk well.  Your blend may have a little more bite to with milk.

Posted April 7, 2012 link

Yes, you can deffinately taste the coffee with milk. I like to use a regular sized coffee cup full of milk with a double shot. No sugar required, the espresso has enough sweetness to sweeten the milk.

I decided to buy a 5lb bag of Redbird. Then I can see how things taste with a different blend.

 
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Posted Sat Apr 7, 2012, 8:25pm
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I generally have a cappuccino when I first get up, and then I drink straight espresso throughout the rest of the day.
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Posted Sat Apr 7, 2012, 8:39pm
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Straight espresso for me. Why dilute perfection?
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