I just read the \"Insanely Long Water FAQ\". I didn't realize that reverse osmosis water doesn't make a good shot of espresso. I've been using RO water. I find that my lattes and americanos taste way better than Starbucks (I use fresh beans from JJ Bean). I guess I'll try Jim Shulman's suggestion of adding a pinch of baking soda per litre of RO water and see if that'll make a significant difference.
Can I use coffeemaker descaling solutions to descale my espresso machine? The solution contains citrus acid and aluminum sulfate.
sorry tmplo, but Starbucks isnt much of a metric to guage coffee quality. Thats kind of like using a Ford Taurus as a base comparison for cars... guess what, you have a great car!
Compare your espresso to what you get at JJBean, especially since they are using the same beans.
You are right Nigel. Next time I go to JJ Bean I'll try their Americano. Everytime I went there, I had latte. My own lattes are comparable to JJ's when the same beans are used. But I guess it'd be hard to really tell with a milk based drink.
I am not an espresso drinker. So hopefull an americano will tell me if my shots are really lacking flavour.