Chris Tingom, I run things at Arizona Coffee.
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Someone needs to organize a Barista Jam in your area. Find a local shop that takes the responsility and the art of espresso seriously and have them host one. They are a great way to build community within the local industry and also learn tons of stuff.
..just a though.
Now that’s what I’m talking about! That’s exactly what needs to happen.
I find it odd that more people dont get training. Even though i have worked at multiple coffee shops I still wanted to make sure we got some proper training before we opened our shop. We throw out any under or over extracted shots. I would agree with more training though. More is always better. No reason to be arrogant about the coffee one serves.
On a similar but unrelated topic. I went into our shop today and had a cappuccino and it tasted horribly acidic which is not normal for our espresso. Its normally really smooth and i couldn’t even drink this one. (I actually threw out two) It has been lank humid up here. Does anyone know if that does anything to the coffee. Is this just my tastebuds? This blog needs a forum.
Austin, how clean is your equipment? Was this on a new portafilter? Was the portafilter properly seasoned before pulling these?
Was less/more coffee used in the basket? Was the tamp a little lighter? Was the shot a little quicker?
Humidity can effect the grind setting, which can in-turn effect the extraction. Was the flavor more “acidic” or more “sour” (read: under-extraction) ?
There are just too many variables in espresso to be able to narrow it down that easily.
I agree with Austin, a forum for AZ Coffee would be a great addition!
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Ok the problem was figured out later which is wierd and will sound quite dumb. It turned out that one of our employees put WAY too much bleach in the desanitizing water the night before when cleaning the glasses. So the cups dried with a heavy amount of chlorine on them. We didn’t realize this until right after i left some girls ordered iced americanos and the bleach flavor was really noticable.
So all the cups were washed and balance was restored to the universe. Those girls had seconds on the americanos, and I had a very nice cappuccino this morning.
That’s awesome. The realities of running a business. Sometimes you get bleach. I love it.
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