I was talking to a Barista recently and was talking about her training for the up-coming champion. She asked me if I would like to try the beans which she is preparing for the championship and of course I said yet. So she pull the shot of espresso, I had a sip and it was extremely salty. It's almost like some dump a bag of salt into the espresso. I gave feedback to her and pulled another shot, in the second shot I could taste more of the acidity, but it was still salty and the salty is still the main flavor. Needless to say, I did not help her too much to critic the espresso.
The thing is she tells me that for both shots of the espresso, she could taste all the flavor notes she was describing to me and not the saltiness I taste, not even for the first pull she did. I am not an espresso drinker, but being a home-barista I do have to taste the espresso I pulled, so tasting espresso is not so far out for me.
I thought something must have gone wrong with my taste buds, because I had a local roaster's Hunkute filtered brew from the place before we started with the espresso and I thought it has soy sauce tastes. Anyway, on the same day some time later, I went to another shop and they pulled me an espresso shot and it doesn't have any of the saltiness I experienced.
So my question is why would I tastes super salty espresso when another person doesn't taste them at all?
- I am not a seasoned espresso drinker
- I don't know what beans she used.
- I am not on medication or having cold or coughs (but then if I were, I would also have tasted salty espresso in the 2nd shop right?)
- I am not hungry, in fact, I was pretty full.
Thanks for any help or advice