Other factors that affect the taste of your coffee
If you have tried everything, and your cup of coffee comes from a Dolce Gusto automatic espresso machine,
Why Does my Coffee Taste Bitter, Sour or Burnt?
Nespresso, Bosch or Vitek still bitter, then there was some kind of breakdown. In this case, could be out of order:
Do not try to fix the cause of the malfunction yourself. You can only make the malfunction worse. Especially if you have no experience or special tools. The best solution is to call a professional.
Expensive Coffee Machine VS Cheap Coffee Machine
The question was inspired by this discussion, as well as the discussion in another friendly community, and the conversation in the office coffee shop.
My opponents’ thesis is this: An expensive, cool brand coffee machine (like this one), unlike a cheap coffee machine (like this one), produces coffee from the same beans that tastes as different as heaven and earth.
Clarification of the thesis on my part: Both coffee machines are the same principle and have similar characteristics, both are designed for home use, both create the same pressure, both are able to adjust the degree of grinding, water temperature, coffee strength and other parameters. Coffee is taken from a single bag.
My thesis is this: Since the principle of both machines is the same (to heat water to a predetermined temperature, grind coffee, form a tablet, pass the hot water under pressure through a tablet), the difference in taste in the resulting coffee should be insignificant. And the possible difference is either due to different settings (and the same settings can be leveled), or, more likely, self-humiliation (owning a more expensive machine automatically makes the coffee tastier).I don’t deny that machines of different price can differ in design, noise and power consumption, additional functions (both useful and purely marketing), ease of operation and maintenance, as well as reliability and maintainability. Т.е. theoretically, in some cases, the higher price could be justified. And no one has canceled the overpayment for a cool brand. But with all that, the taste of coffee will be about the same if you use the same beans.
Disclaimer: I do not own any of mentioned above coffee machines. One was given to me as an example, and the other I had to deal with in the office. I myself did not drink freshly brewed coffee of the same brand from different coffee machines at 5 minute intervals as an experiment. But something tells me that my opponents did not do this either. Also, I didn’t get a concrete answer from any of them about what exactly in the design of an expensive machine can cause a drastic improvement in taste.
So the question is: Who is right??Is it true that the taste of brewed coffee depends as much on the price of the coffee machine as on the quality of beans in it?? And if it’s true, then what exactly are the characteristics of an expensive coffee machine that can have such a strong influence?
What is the best coffee grind for a coffee machine?
There’s another thing to consider: the grind level differs from machine to machine. While for a French press, for example, the coarsest coffee mill and the coarsest coffee that looks like dust are most suitable, for a coffee machine it is usually important to choose a coarser mill, where the coffee particles have the similarity of fine salt to the taste. But too fine particles can clog the strainer.
It is important to make sure that there is a uniform consistency of grind, without any large particles, as the brewing time is short. It is impossible to control the taste of the beverage with different sized potions, because small sized ones brew faster and large sized ones slower, and it is not known how many of them there are, so the result is unpredictable.
Coffee variety. Arabica or Robusta?
Two main kinds of coffee plants grow on the plantations. Coffea arabica and Coffea robusta. It is the name that most often appears on packages of beans. They have three key differences:
Arabica is harvested from trees. The beans themselves are large, slightly elongated, and the groove in the middle is curved. Characterized by a delicate flavor, rich aroma and light acidity. Arabica accounts for about 70% of world production. It is more precious and more expensive, but its caffeine content is relatively low.
Robusta is a bush. Grain is fine, round, the groove in the middle is straight. This kind of beverage is bitter and has a harsh taste. There is more caffeine in the beans. What’s special about it? Gives the flavor a lush crema.
It is customary to mix the two varieties to create blends. Less Robusta is often used to increase strength and reduce the acidity of the Arabica. The most common ratios for a coffee machine are 90:10, 70:30 or so. All varieties you can find in our store.
Coffee from the coffee machine is sour
Coffee lovers know very well that coffee not only has a delicious aroma and a tangy bitterness, but sometimes it can leave a sour aftertaste. Some people like the sour taste of the drink, but others find it unnecessary. Why does the coffee machine make sour coffee?? This is a specialty or a disadvantage? The sourness of the drink is more of a highlight, making the taste more varied and interesting. But in some cases, a sour beverage indicates a faulty coffee machine.
What Coffee Tastes Like in a Coffee Machine
A good appliance is not enough to produce a tasty beverage. All the ingredients for a perfect espresso must be assembled:
- Coffee variety. When choosing a coffee bean you need to know whether you want a bitter or sour taste. “Arabica” coffee has a softer flavor and almost no bitterness. But it has a distinct aroma and a slight tartness. “Robusta is one of the more bitter varieties. It has no sour taste.
- Roasting. The higher the temperature and the longer the cooking time, the more bitter the beverage will taste.
- Roasting. The coarser its grain, the less flavorful it is. A finer grind brings out more of the subtleties in the bouquet of flavors.
- Serving weight. Dry powder weight per serving. Depending on consumer preference, 7 to 11 grams of ground coffee per cup. The greater the weight, the greater the flavor.
- Water quality. Coffee is a fickle beverage. It requires the right kind of water. If you pour regular tap water, all unnecessary particles of salts and cleaning chemicals will spoil the drink. Distilled water will not reveal the finer points of the varietal grains. The optimal solution is to use purified water which contains minerals.
- Brewing temperature. If the brewing temperature is too low, the coffee will not brew well and will be watery. Prolonged simmering can also damage the taste. The ideal brew time for espresso is 30 seconds before boiling. 95° to 98° C.
- Recipe. An espresso will have a more pronounced aftertaste, t. к. At 7 g of dry matter, only 25-30 ml of water volume is used. An Americano, on the other hand, requires 150-200 ml of liquid for the same amount of dry matter. And the flavor will be more diluted.
- Coffee deposits on the walls of the coffee machine. Coffee beans contain a lot of oils. When brewing, oils dissolve in the liquid and some of them precipitate on the walls of the machine. If the machine is not cleaned from this plaque for a long time, over time the filter screen will get clogged and only a weak drink will be brewed.
A very important factor is the adjustability of grind and amount of ground coffee for a single beverage. There are two ways to adjust these two settings in the coffee machines of various manufacturers: mechanically and electronically. Reducing it to a finer setting results in a richer, more tart drink with strong aromas of the bean.
Making a coarser bean will result in a less intense, weaker beverage. By changing the grind amount for one coffee bean you directly grind coffee in small increments.
We also recommend that you change the consistency of grind when the grinder is running. To understand if taste has changed after the adjustment, you should brew 2 or 3 cups of coffee. Only then taste it. We also recommend that you pour the coffee into a preheated cup, since cold cups take away a lot of heat from the beverage and the taste is lost.
How many cups of coffee can be made from one bean
For example, you need to add 7-8 grams of ground coffee into the calder of a professional coffee machine for one cup of espresso (this is approximately how a machine works). But to make a large coffee for the same cup you would need 10-13 gr.
Great grinding is usually used for brewing coffee in a turk, coffee makers do not have time to make such a grinding because of their specialization on the rapid receipt of the beverage. Control over the consumption of coffee beans in a coffee machine is easier to make on the professor, because the “machine” all the processes take place inside the machine.
For the modern man to drink a cup of regular or flavored coffee at home or in the office during a break. not just a good tradition, but a necessity, the quality of which is paid close attention. Therefore not so long ago popular instant drinks were replaced by the selected varieties of coffee beans, which are prepared with the help of professional coffee machines.
To make a drink in a coffee machine of any type, except for capsule, you need to add 6-8 grams of ground coffee per serving. You can get 30-40 servings from a 250g pack.
As an example, let’s take espresso coffee, one serving of which asks for 7 grams of ground beans. That’s about one teaspoonful of finely ground coffee powder. If you add medium ground coffee beans, they will weigh a little less, so you can add another pinch.
It is recommended to take into consideration that for getting 7-8 grams of ground coffee per serving you need to put into the coffee machine 1 soup spoonful of whole beans per serving.
Every coffee machine is equipped with a measuring spoon. If you do not have it, you can buy this device in a special store.
Coffee tastes worse in the coffee machine: possible causes
Buying an automatic coffee machine for home, most of us expect that every day it will please us with tasty, aromatic coffee. Unfortunately, after several years of operation (or even earlier) the taste of the beverage may deteriorate even if the beans of the same producer and variety are used for brewing it.