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9 years 1 month ago #4587 by Req
Hey all,

So, over the past while I've been buying some beans online which are coming from some supposedly "good names" in coffee -- local roasting houses. Upon brewing however, I once stumbled upon the worst cup I've ever made. The process was french press and the taste? Completely sour! And this is fresh coffee I'm talking about. Like it was roasted a couple or few days prior to me getting it in the mail! So why was it sour?

I read that under-extraction coffee can be sour. So was my coffee grinds too big?

From Espressotec's info center:

- "Professional coffee tasters use terms that are in a class of their own - hidey, sour, muddy, grassy, musty, muddy and fermented! These terms are often used for the lowest grades of coffee."

That's fine and good. But I thought I was ordering quality beans?


It get's discouraging when you shell out $15-20 plus shipping on something you think will be good.


Colin, if you are curious about the store / roast house names, I can email you them!

How can one possible mess up french press?? I thought anyone and their goldfish could make coffee through that thing...


(sorry Colin, if this got posted twice!)
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9 years 1 month ago #4588 by colin
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Please let me know!

Good post.

More comments later.
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9 years 1 month ago #4589 by Req
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I emailed you the names!
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9 years 1 month ago #4590 by colin
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OK - you sent me a list of culprit coffees that,
from where I am sitting, should not deliver sourness.

Now if you were brewing, say:

a.) GOATS HEAD DARK
b.) NEPTUNE MEDIUM ROAST
c.) ANTARCTIC FRENCH BLEND
d.) CAPTAIN BUZZ LIGHT ROAST

and the coffees a. b. and c. were quite good but
blend or origin d. tasted sour, I would blame the light roast.
But you list some pretty reputable beans.

I am also a little suspect of your buying habits -- when you live in
a suburban area that has around 1 dozen locally roasted roasters with
dozens of choices. And this is not meant as a finger point but more of
a "here is a possible solution to help you stop paying for shipping..."

I have advised you to change one step of your brewing process.
Give it a whirl.
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