phunni Senior Member Joined: 21 Sep 2010 Posts: 22 Location: Bristol, UK Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Mon Jul 30, 2012, 6:43am Subject: Can sugar make espresso sour? Or, perhaps, bring out existing sourness?
I've been making espresso at home now for about a week, using an ascaso arc and a mahklonig (baratza) vario and have, generally, been pleased with the results although, of course, there's still plenty of room for improvement.
Today my wife, who usually hates coffee, asked for an espresso - mainly because she wanted to try out some new espresso cups she had bought for me. The initial shot tasted fine to me, but she wanted sugar so I added some for her. The shot then tasted sour. Given that, initially, the shot tasted OK, is it possible for the sugar to have made it taste sour? Could it perhaps have enhanced a sourness that was already there, but which I did not detect with the tiny sip I took?
CMIN Senior Member Joined: 14 Jun 2012 Posts: 1,456 Location: South FL Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Crossland CC1 Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Mon Jul 30, 2012, 9:23am Subject: Re: Can sugar make espresso sour? Or, perhaps, bring out existing sourness?
Try a sweetener like Splenda. I nor anyone I know can taste sugar in a coffee as it generally just clumps to the bottom and doesn't dissolve quickly and thoroughly like Splenda (only exception is a real Cuban coffee where you mix the initial start from the Moka into the sugar to make a paste for the coffee). Don't think it would affect the taste like you saw happen though, odd.
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