A clean cup

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A clean cup

Postby bruceb » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:37 pm

Well, at risk once again of receiving the ridicule I deserve I will relate the following true tale:
A few weeks ago I began noticing unpleasant tastes in my espresso shots and they were even noticeable in milk drinks. I had changed my roasting parameters recently and began to suspect that this was the cause. I went back to my old protocol, but the tastes were still there. I tried a few different beans, but they all seemed to give me that unpleasantness, aside from monsooned Malabar, that is already of a different nature. I began to think it was my taste, but then Karin said, "This coffee is, uh, kind of strange." I slunk down in my chair and grumbled that I hadn't noticed.
After a few days of this I made an AeroPress cup and it was fine. This surprised me until I suddenly remembered that I had not done a proper cleaning of my espresso machine for a few weeks.
:oops: :oops:
I actually was a bit surprised that not using machine cleaner and flushing, boiling the portafilters and baskets could make that much of a difference, but it does. What can I say?
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I decided I needed a bit of a change so I roasted some Monsooned Malabar. That was a change!
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Re: A clean cup

Postby GreenBean » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:27 am

bruceb wrote:Well, at risk once again of receiving the ridicule I deserve....
I actually was a bit surprised that not using machine cleaner and flushing, boiling the portafilters and baskets could make that much of a difference, but it does. What can I say?

Let the one amongst us, who has never missed their cleaning routine, cast the first stone.


bruceb wrote:... I slunk down in my chair and grumbled that I hadn't noticed.

:lol: :lol:
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RE: Re: A clean cup

Postby CakeBoy » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:43 am

Easily done, everyone has been there. At least you flushed after cleaning. We know stories of someone serving a coffee legend descaler in a drink many years ago! :P
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