RyanJE wrote:Still think you need a benchmark of what IS Good. We've talked about what you don't like. But, what espresso have you had at cafes that you DO like? Any near to your home?
To add to this - taste is a variable too. And sometimes our palets can change. E.g. Medication, illness, allergies could all effect taste ).
Find a cafe that pulls a shot you really like. Then take those exact beans home to play with.