How should I order an espresso to get a less sour shot?

How do you get the sour taste out of espresso?

Generally, an espresso shot that takes less than 20 seconds is going to taste sour. To fix sour flavor, aim for an extraction time between 20-30 seconds. To achieve that, you might have to make the coffee grind size finer so the water takes longer to pass through the coffee. Then you can extend the pull time.

Why is my espresso shot sour?

One of the common reasons why your espresso tastes sour is because you pulled it at a very low temperature. Pulling a shot at low temperature results in under extraction because the cold water molecules are not active enough to perform a complete extraction. Hence, you end up with a sour and acidic taste.

How do you make espresso shots sweeter?


Quote from video: Now if your shot is running at 25 seconds. And you feel like it's a bit too acidic. You can make the grinder finer. And that's going to bring out more sweetness.

How do you fix sour taste in coffee?

When your brew recipe results in a sour coffee, increase the amount of water used. Adding more water directly increases the brew time, which results in a more even extraction to produce a cup of coffee with a softer acidity and sweet tasting notes.

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Why is my espresso bitter and sour?

The main cause of sour, bitter, and burnt flavors in espresso is over-extraction and under-extraction. With over-extraction the coffee becomes overcooked and releases unwanted flavors; it becomes harsh, bitter, and burnt. With under-extraction too few of the good flavors end up in the cup; it becomes weak and sour.

Is coffee or espresso more acidic?

Since most coffee is made from a medium roast, espresso has less acidity. The ph level of coffee is around 4.89 while the ph level of the espresso is between 5.5 to 6. With that said, espresso is less acidic than medium and light roast coffee. Acidity contributes to a coffee drink’s unique flavors.

Why is my espresso so acidic?

Grind & brew time



Probably the most common cause of acidic espresso is the wrong grind. If the grind is too coarse to prepare espresso, the espresso will run through the sieve too quickly. The water has very little contact surface with the coffee grounds. As a result, the brewing time is also relatively short.