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  1. The labels used to describe degree of roast, such as "light" or "medium dark" are inherently ambiguous, as they adhere to no known standard. On the other hand, scales such as Agtron numbers are consistent and finely graded. I just came across the shop site of the US roasters Counter Culture. They do give the Agtron roast levels of their coffees. Here's an example https://counterculturecoffee.com/shop/coffee/la-golondrina I, at least, would be grateful if this sort of thing were to become widespread among specialty roasters
  2. I've paid MacIntyre Coffee a visit on Saturday and for the first time tried an EK based shot from the Modbar machine (very impressive piece of kit). It tasted more like a brewed shot rather than espresso (I think this is something quite often mentioned about the EK) and in general very different to a normal espresso shot (no idea what brew ratios Alex is using). Overall it quite quite enjoyable, but not necessarily my type of shot, although I have to say it smelled well awesome. Based on the smell my other half decided to give it a try...and had to spit it out almost straight away saying "this is disgusting and sour, how can you drink this?. Curious if anyone of you ever had a similar experience with someone completely not coffee obsessed? A while ago I've watched a short clip by Conan O'Brien in which his producer critiques third-wave cafes of pulling shots which are undrinkable, yet something they've never tried before, thus claiming it to be the best there is: Now the above is of course taking a p*ss to some extent, but makes you wonder how much of our preferences are being moulder by the trends. I used to hate light roasted coffee, but I'm sure my taste buds got used to it in a way and I can easily accept shots now which in the past would've landed straight in the sink. My mum can't stand espresso, even plain old Italian way of espresso, it's just too much for her taste-wise and I'm sure if I was to serve her a light roasted bean she would spit it out straight away just like my missus did. So, how come normal people hate what we drink with such a passion? I know we all have our preference when it comes to food, but this seems a bit severe do you think? I don't like certain types of cheese for example, but I can still eat them without spitting it out straight away. T.
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