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    Bitter crema?

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    I have just started roasting my own at home (in an old popper *::) - building something crazy soon.) and while the coffee tastes great, ive noticed the crema is very sour / bitter.

    The beans are called Blend 6 by the green bean roaster. I have a decaf from them which doesnt have the same taste, but then again it doesnt have any husk that flies off either (a feature of the water process?) I am waiting for my beanbay beens so I am not sure if it is roasting related or bean related. I was quite impatient and the beans went into the coffee machine about an hour after they were roasted, could this be why?



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    Re: Bitter crema?

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    Yes the lack of husk is a result of the water process of decaf

    A few questions;
    How far are you roasting them ie. First Crack, 2nd crack
    What are your shots like with pre roasted coffee are they the same?

    Mal

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    Re: Bitter crema?

    ive never had this bitter taste with bought coffee.. and just few clicks of second crack?

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    Re: Bitter crema?

    How long was the roast?
    FC time?
    SC time?

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    Re: Bitter crema?

    okay, that I didnt take note of

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    Re: Bitter crema?

    a bit fast, probably about 8 mins for the whole lot.

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    Re: Bitter crema?

    Typical of an unmodded popper.
    Actually on the longer side so better than a few.

    It may be the bean doesnt respond well to a fast roast.

    I dont try mine so soon after roasting so maybe its that.

    Which BeanBay beans are you getting?

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    Re: Bitter crema?

    I dont think its all that unusual for crema to taste bitter.

    Some suggestions:

    If youve roasted dark, roast lighter

    Let it rest for a few days before you try it

    Stir it


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    Re: Bitter crema?

    just the PNG wahgi for now.

    I plan to put a microcontroller+thermocouple in the popper this week to ramp the heat, hopefully that will get me by until I can build something a bit more elaborate :)

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    Re: Bitter crema?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis link=1219558969/0#7 date=1219574206
    I dont think its all that unusual for crema to taste bitter. *
    Thanks for the tips, I guess it was a bit off putting because it was kind of sour and had a bite to it... but not enough to make the coffee unpleasant. It could even be the beans, well see.



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