13 Mar '17, 11am
Quote of the Day: "Habituation to flavors of the roast is main reason that good baristas can pull lousy shots..."
Coffee has no salt; so the salty taste is a kind of "bright" bitterness. As Al says, It is exacerbated by underextracted, especially very ristretto shots of lighter roasts. However, people who always drink very light roasted shots have some of it in all shots and tend to become habituated. This has happened to the barista. If the judges are similarly habituated, she may get by; if they aren't, she's going to have a hard time. Habituation to the flavors of the roast one commonly drinks is the main reason good baristas can pull lousy shots -- excessively burnt dark roasts, bitter caramel medium roasts, and cutting salty/bitter light roasts -- the baristas literally don't taste it anymore, and get upset when someone tells them their shots are not balanced.