baristeer wrote:Is that supposed to be a good espresso shot?
Welcome to 3rd wave coffee! If you don't like the taste of lemon juice in your espresso, better stick with something with a more traditional taste like chocolate, nuts and caramel.
Of course, espresso is an acquired taste, so maybe you'll get to like the sour taste of 3rd Wave coffee if you keep at it. Not my cup 'o...café, but others seem to love it. Different strokes...etc...
As a side note, I travel a lot and always look for interesting coffee houses to try their wares. The best commercial espresso shot I've ever had was made by a particular barista at the Peet's Coffee and Tea in San Luis Obispo pulling their house blend called Espresso Forte. Go figure. This fact offends my tender...albeit...snobby sensibilities, but there ya have it. I've tried other Peet's locations with disastrous results, so the barista made all the difference. I've never had any commercial espresso anyplace that I liked better than my own. I've acquired a taste for the home-pulled shot.