went to a coffee shop in rural Queensland yesterday and ordered a coffee - it was the best rated place in town for coffee - but that doesn't mean much given the lack of competition!
I was actually intrigued by the coffee as I dissected the number of steps necessary to make a coffee so bad and what I wound up with was the following:
split shots from 14g baskets with coffee that's either old or stale or both and not dialed in properly, combined with reheated milk !
look it wasn't the worst coffee I've ever had by a long shot but even 10ml of the coffee that I make at home would have had more flavour (and probably more caffeine) in it !
it was so weak that I actually offered some to my 9year old to try - and she promptly returned it and said,
"Yuck, it's burnt !"
and she was right !
I just wondered how it was possible to have coffee that was both weak and tastes burnt at the same time !
I actually went back a few hours latter and ordered another coffee from the same place coz I'd been up since 5am and I needed the caffeine hit for the drive back - and I asked for half milk this time and I got a perfectly acceptable and well made (if still weak) coffee from another barista, which me over the line for the drive home
which just goes to show that:
a) you shouldn't judge a place based upon a single coffee, and
b) sometimes you have to ask for what you want and make adjustments for the house style to get something that you'd be happy to drink !
I guess the main take home for me is that I very seldom order coffee from places that are not rated or recommended to me, and that it can still be a shock to the system to learn that some places are still making coffee the same way that it was made 20 years ago !