Troubleshoot bitter or sour coffee on the Quick Mill Pippa.
My Coffee Tastes Bitter or Sour
If the espresso from your Quick Mill Pippa tastes bitter or sour, you may just need to get the hang of brewing. The tips below will help you get pointed in the right direction to pull better shots.
Typically, issues with crema or the flavor of the shot do not indicate a malfunction of the machine. Instead, this indicates that an adjustment needs to be made in the brewing process or that different beans need to be used.
- Here is some helpful advice on Tamping.
- Making adjustments to the grind is going to have the biggest impact on the coffee extraction. If it is too coarse, the coffee is going to come through too fast, and not extract long enough.
- If the grind is too fine, it is going to extract for too long, results in really bitter shots.
- It is important to use fresh beans, typically beans roasted within the past two weeks are best. Light and medium roasts are best for espresso brewing and richer crema.
- Level off the grounds in your portafilter
- Keep your tamper level with the basket
- Apply consistent force downward, evenly, and level with the portafilter
- 30 lbs. of pressure is a good rule-of-thumb to follow for beginners
Quick Tip: What is the Right Way to Tamp?