Originally Posted by Chiliman
Really... Is there anywhere I can go that will make me a cup that won't be bitter? (Peets?) I just don't want to get too deep into this game before I realize that I just dislike the taste of coffee. When you say not bitter, do you mean, only slightly bitter, or not bitter at all.
Will espresso taste bitter if properly brewed? Black espresso makes me want to throw up, but I love a good mixed coffee drink. (Latte, Cappuccino - Both usually with some kind of sweetner.)
I plan on purchasing a French press in the near future, and I have a cheap Krups espresso machine that I got at a garage sale, but I do not own a grinder, are there any cheap, yet good, coffee grinders that I could purchase?
i would not recommend peet's to be the first foray into black coffee if you get it brewed at the shop. peet's roasts dark and they also make really strong coffee. it's good, but a bit strong for someone who's not used to strong coffee.
if you brew your own coffee just follow the normal dosage and it should be the proper strength. there are two things to consider: quality of the beans (how long ago was it roasted? how fresh is it?) and proper brewing. most people tend to use beans or pre-ground stuff that's stale and past their prime freshness. roasted beans usually only last for about 10-14 days. anything past that and it is stale. even keeping it in the fridge doesn't help. just keep it in an airtight container that's preferably out of sunlight. and don't freeze beans. this is also why it makes sense to buy a little at a time if you do buy beans from peet's. just enough to last about 10-14 days.
then, you want water at the correct temp. and also have the proper brew time. with a french press this would be water at around 195-200 F and brewed for about 3.5-4 minutes. assuming the beans are fresh and properly ground, you'll get a nice cup that isn't bitter, but that has different flavors depending on the origin.
espresso will be bitter, but it shouldn't be SO bitter. coffee naturally has bitter flavors but extremely bitter coffee/espresso is probably due to bad beans and a bad extraction.
so in my experience even properly done espresso is a bit bitter, but not that bad, while properly brewed coffee, b/c of the amt. of water used, does not taste bitter at all. but that could be b/c i'm used to black coffee...
the best way to see whether you like black coffee is to brew a good cup yourself using a french press. that's the best way to ensure that you have all the variables taken into account.
sorry for the long rant...