I now know why coffee from this shop elicits such a response: I saw an employee press the “brew” button and run hot water through already-spent grounds into a pot one-quarter filled with coffee. This accounts for the caustic cups I’ve swigged. So does the very appearance of the beans, which range in tone from straw to soot. The roasting process likely leaves a lot to be desired in the smoothness department, which can ease the effects of caffeine pandemonium.
When it comes to coffee, whether American or espresso, I try to play detective before I order a cup in a restaurant or cafe, especially after a nice meal. In my mind, a cup of bad coffee is a tragedy, especially if it’s the thorny finish crowning fantastic food — the palate loves to finish food with fantastic coffee. What could be more satisfying than leaning back in your chair, contentedly full, sipping a warm cupful of roasted paradise brewed to perfection? Or waking your body and mind to coffee’s a.m. potion?
Here are a few things you may want to keep in mind when ordering coffee out:
1) A Brew By Any Other Name…
2) Be A Machine Head
3) Cleanliness Is Next To Holiness
4) My Cup Runneth Over
5) The Hand That Brews The Espresso
Hopefully these tips will help you avoid late-night agita and coffee’s cruelest moments. But if in your experimenting you still experience the occasional sharp brew, remember: You can always go back to your favorite coffee place tomorrow and erase the bitter memories.
Five Ways to Avoid Coffee’s Cruelest Moments