ViMonks Senior Member Joined: 19 Jan 2014 Posts: 2 Location: Atlanta Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sun Jan 19, 2014, 11:43am Subject: Coffee beans smell/taste bitter after grinding
Hello, all! I'm new to these forums, and I'm having some issues with bitterness in my coffee. I think I've isolated the problem, but I'm not sure what to do about it. First, my setup: I'm using a Baratza Maestro grinder, a Chemex, and a good electric kettle (so I know I'm brewing right at 200*F). I'm using high quality beans (Tonx subscription). They smell delicious.
The problem, I think, is my grinder. I've had it for five or six years now, and I probably haven't cleaned it as often as I should have. It's had some pretty poor quality coffee go through it over the years. There's a fairly strong bitter smell coming from the inside of the grinder, and the coffee itself, after I grind it, smells extremely bitter -- nothing at all like the whole beans smell. Last night, I completely disassembled the grinder and cleaned everything. I let the burrs soak in vinegar for a little while before cleaning them again. The bitterness is still there.
Anyone have any idea what's going on or how I can fix it? Is there anything I can do to clean my grinder more thoroughly and get whatever is causing that bitterness out? I'm tempted to buy a small manual grinder just to see if it really is the grinder.
CoffeeLoversMag Senior Member Joined: 10 Jan 2013 Posts: 218 Location: Seattle Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Thu Jan 23, 2014, 5:47am Subject: Re: Coffee beans smell/taste bitter after grinding
If you clean your grinder thoroughly yet the coffee you had still taste and smell bitter, there might be parts of your grinder causing the problem. Check some parts of the grinder if there is bushing and getting burned, this may affect your coffee and smell not good.
Did you know...? Dark roast coffees actually have less caffeine than lighter roasts due to the fact that the process of roasting burns off caffeine. www.coffeeloversmag.com/theMagazine
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