[Homeroast] Re : Sour espresso taste

denis bordeleau bomerlo at yahoo.ca
Wed Jun 6 15:51:08 CDT 2012

Hi Mike,      Thanks for the come back.  We all appreciate.    The test with the AeroPress might be  unconclusive at 50% because of the paper filter that retains the coffee oily elements. Also, try a manual or other grinder if you have one. Put Instant Minute Rice in the Mazzer Mini with the old burrs inside  and try again an alternate brewing method without paper filter.  Unscrew the brewgroup filter and gasket of both the Baby and Classic Gaggia and compare them. May be "Brand New" meant an open box or a demo.  Use citric acid and vinegar at that moment.  Check the brew group filter holes and clean with the small provided needle tool if necessary.  Be sure you use the double cup Portafilter size and that this filter is not clogged due to your  too fine grindings and too heavy Weiss technic tampering in the past that caused channelling and it will confirm that your problems and effort to resolve them are not fixing the original
 problems but only the symptoms that are now showing.  We don't all die because we are born; that's probably due to something in between or vice-versa.  Keep on and you will enjoy the cup you deserve.      Denis 


 De : Mike Wilkens <mike.wilkens at gmail.com>
À : homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com 
Envoyé le : mardi 5 juin 2012 15h19
Objet : Re: [Homeroast] Sour espresso taste
Hi Denis, those are all great suggestions.  Regarding temperature, I think 168*F coffee temperature measured in the cup is good or even on the high side.  This is measured after the water has gone through the coffee, and through the air, and into the warmed cup.  At the group showerhead the temperature is much higher.  I measured that too using imperfect methods.

I want to clarify the sour taste if I can.  It is not prickly or tacky, it is the "off" taste like sour milk -- but again, without the tackiness or metallic perception you might get from sour milk.

Your other suggestions are good, I've brewed in an Aeropress everything I've put in the machine, and they all taste pretty good to great.  The blends I've been using lately are Espresso Forte (Peet's) and Toscano (CCC).

My grinder is a used Mazzer Mini, and I've been told that worn burrs can cause a sour taste, and to install new burrs.  I'm doing that next, we'll see if that has an effect.

Regarding cleaning: is minute rice more effective than manual cleaning?  I've been using a toothbrush & vacuum cleaner to get gunk off there.  I'm sure there are oils left after my cleaning though.  I don't taste bitter or rancid in my AP brews...

I should've decalcified & cleaned out the New Baby more throughly (I only took off the showerhead), but the Classic is brand new.

It seems like you covered all the bases.  There's channelling, which is supposed to be another possible cause of underextraction.  At this point I believe I'm preparing the puck fairly well.  We'll see what the new burrs do.


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