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Barista Training Camp: Prepping for the 2016 USBC Qualifying Event. Part 6 of 10

Barista Training Camp: Prepping for the 2016 USBC Qualifying Event. Part 6 of 10

Again, looking to the scoresheets, the judges are looking for three things: sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. Easy enough. But in what capacities they’re looking for these three things is unclear. I think, generally, we as baristas do strive for balance between these three things, but not all espresso will achieve all three components in equal amounts. The judges are instructed that equal expression of these three components does not equal harmony, but the rules don’t really state what harmony means or how the judges are meant to evaluate that. My guess is that the judges are looking for these three factors to not compete with one another. All should be present, but neither should steal the show or overwhelm their palates. If I had to push this hypothesis, I would guess that this measure was put in to make sure competitors don’t over or underextract their shots. Which ma...

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