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Topic: Odd taste my wife notices (11 msgs / 173 lines)
1) From: Scott & Mariya Baltes
Hi everyone!
I asked my wife how her coffee was this morning, and she said "A little 
bitter...almost an aluminum taste."  Now this is something that I have 
never tasted in a coffee that I can recall.  I usually drink Central and 
South American coffees, roasted about 15 seconds into 2nd crack in a 
Freshroast.  Cooling is on a large cookie sheet and takes about 2 
minutes.  Brewing is in a Braun drip machine that I cleaned about 3 
weeks ago (only about 10-12 pots of coffee since then, things have been 
a little hectic around here), with room temp water from a Brita 
pitcher.  Does anyone have an idea where this flavor might be coming 
from?  I told her it was probably her taste buds, she didn't seem to 
like that too much. (smile)  Any thoughts on how to fix this would be 
appreciated.
Scott

2) From: Michael Vanecek
It's entirely possible she's fixing to have a cold. I noticed that my 
coffee would have similar tastes immediately before and during my colds. 
For the past couple of years, tho, I've been eating a clove of garlic a 
day and have been cold-free. Heh, and I have lotsa personal space too. 
:) Ask her if she's had a headache or sore throat or sneezes lately. If 
so, give her a week or so and the metalic taste should go away with the 
cold, if indeed that's the cause.
Be well,
Mike
--http://www.mjv.com/Scott & Mariya Baltes wrote:
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3) From: Dan Bollinger
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Scott, you may be closer than you think. Certain drugs or food supplements
can make food taste metallic. Look for what has changed lately.

4) From: Ed Needham
I'd check to see if she is taking any new medicines.  Sometimes they affect 
taste, a metallic taste is common with some meds.  Zinc does a number on my 
taste buds, and that is found in those lozenges that claim to minimize the 
frequency of colds or symptoms.  I'd also brew another pot, because 
occasionally a 'stink bean' or debris gets ground up with all the good beans 
and ruins the whole pot.  Not as common with beans from the reputable 
sources SM buys from, but inevitable once in a while.
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5) From: Ken Mary
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Yes, the aluminum taste is from the Braun's heater tube. Look for
unexplained water marks or puddles underneath the brewer. Last year, after
many years of service, my Braun developed a leaky tube after cleaning, and
the brew had an odd taste. If there are no leaks, try a few pots with
unfiltered water to recoat the aluminum.
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6) From: Ken Mary
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Yes, the aluminum taste is from the Braun's heater tube. Look for
unexplained water marks or puddles underneath the brewer. Last year, after
many years of service, my Braun developed a leaky tube after cleaning, and
the brew had an odd taste. If there are no leaks, try a few pots with
unfiltered water to recoat the aluminum.
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7) From: Ken Mary
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Yes, the aluminum taste is from the Braun's heater tube. Look for
unexplained water marks or puddles underneath the brewer. Last year, after
many years of service, my Braun developed a leaky tube after cleaning, and
the brew had an odd taste. If there are no leaks, try a few pots with
unfiltered water to recoat the aluminum.
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8) From: steven willis
Yep.  I agree.  My best indication that I'm getting a
cold is that, first, cigars taste bad, then coffee. 
If coffee isn't appealing I know I'm ill.

9) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Maria actually had a week where things tasted metallic (?) ... 
anyway, I have had metallic flavors in Colombias that are aqua-pupled 
and in Kenyas with a high but unpleasant acidity. In both those 
cases, I think it was just a natural combination of salts and other 
minerals, not a taint from some chemical or mechanical contamination. 
I mean, it's a very bad flavor, but it can happen in coffee. I would 
expect to find it in Brazils because they can be minerally in flavor 
sometimes but actually I can't remember ever cupping a metallic 
Brazil.  -Tom
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10) From: Ming Wang
I'd go with the comment on the taste being an effect of a cold or flu or 
something similar coming on. Things taste like crap right before and during 
a cold for me.

11) From: Doug Cadmus
Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee wrote:
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Have you run across many "briney" cups?  Some of last year's Indos 
struck me as salty and metallic... esp. beans from Bali and Timor.
-deCadmus


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