I was wondering how others taste their espresso. By this I mean their method. I run the shot, tap out the bubbles, give it a slight swirl, sometimes a light blow to push back the crema a bit, then sip making sure to suck some air in to airate the espresso. I usually enjoy it in three phases. First phase is as described above. The second would be knocking down most of the body so I can experience the spectrum of flavours. Lastly would be that final 1/3 amount which usually carries a syrupy, almost sweet quality about it. I've known people to just knock back the entire shot. Also some scoop off the crema claiming it to be the bitter part of the shot. I just wanted to know what you guys thought on this issue. Thanks for the feedback and take care all.

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Simply take sips and swirl to get a good mouthfeel. Also find pressing my tongue against the roof of my mouth brings out the best flavors the spro has to offer. Usually do this within 30 seconds after the extraction and sometimes let it sit a bit to see how the taste is as it cools.  

What does this have to do with "Barista Exchanges & Travel"?

 

"the oldest guy at your party"

I like to let it cool and stir / swirl before every sip. Some people hate me for this. But I have my reasons and they reside on my tongue!
Also, with any coffee, after the initial taste and either spit or swallow, I like to breathe back into my closed mouth. This provides that secondary taste experience that helps bring back flavors and lingers there for awhile.
I just pull the shot directly in my mouth, it saves time and dishes that way.
Awesome. Encino Man-style. hah

Dustin DeMers said:
I just pull the shot directly in my mouth, it saves time and dishes that way.

Ya, I forgot to add that is swish it in my mouth 3 times, gargle it and then swallow.(thats what she said:)

But seriously I drink espresso all the time and dont have a certain way i drink it, I just try and enjoy it without thinking to much.  I over think everything before I actually have the shot(grind, temp, tamp, dose, etc), so once its made and the taste is to my liking (not a sink shot) then i just sip til gone.

Val Casey said:

Awesome. Encino Man-style. hah

Dustin DeMers said:
I just pull the shot directly in my mouth, it saves time and dishes that way.

I have to agree with Dustin on this. Its sad but rarely do people order straight espresso shots and take the time to taste it right. If you're trying to put yourself in your customers shoes I'd do what Dustin does, toss the sucker back. But hold it in your mouth for a bit because as a trained barista you'll be able to distinguish the good and the bad fairly quickly.

 

Site engineer needs to reprogram the posting form so that "Barista Exchanges and Travel" isn't selected by default, which it is. Is anyone on the air? 

Ron Ingber said:

What does this have to do with "Barista Exchanges & Travel"?

 

"the oldest guy at your party"

Been answered here (I asked the same question):

 

Short answer - It currently cannot be done



R. Justin Shepherd said:
Site engineer needs to reprogram the posting form so that "Barista Exchanges and Travel" isn't selected by default, which it is. Is anyone on the air? 

Ron Ingber said:

What does this have to do with "Barista Exchanges & Travel"?

 

"the oldest guy at your party"

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