I write this review as a response to the few negative assessments that seem to have accumulated over the past few months. I have been a customer and friend of The Jaunty Goat Coffee shop for a long time now and I thoroughly believe that this is the only place in Chester that offers an expertly crafted coffee, every time. I have worked as a barista myself and more importantly have tasted some of the finest coffee offerings that are available in this country (the majority of which come from stunning independents in the capital). Let me say that preparing a perfect cup of coffee every time is a near impossible task. There are a plethora of subtleties and nuances that are often overlooked when preparing a little cup of joy: temperature, espresso extraction and milk texture tend to be the most important factors to get right. I have read on this forum a review that commented on the coffee being ‘luke warm’ and ‘bitter.’ Might I just say, bluntly, that whoever wrote this must have been either joking or completely devoid of any knowledge of the product that they were consuming. Unfortunately the many coffee drinkers in this country are used to drinking what is technically a completely burnt product that has been prepared with one forethought - capital gain. A skilled barista can temper and texture milk so that its mouth-feel resembles more of a glossy cream and its natural sweetness is pronounced. The reason why a proper coffee is served at immediate drinking temperature is because at between 60 and 65 degrees centigrade the natural sugar (lactose) in milk becomes more soluble and its perceived sweetness is heightened greatly. As for the bitter aspect of the current blend in the Jaunty Goat shop – Bitterness, to some degree, is an inevitable consequence of brewing coffee, in fact, it is a necessary aspect many would argue, as a truly great coffee needs to be balanced and bitterness can offer balance to sweetness. I would completely agree that astringency is undesirable, however I do not believe that this particular customer would have the pallet to distinguish the two. The staff in the shop are wonderfully knowledgeable and absolutely know what they are doing, and why! I think that the coffee in this shop is absolutely the best offering in Chester, and one of the best in the north of the UK. I feel that the reviews that I have read that negatively comment on the quality of the product are doing total injustice to what, in reality, is an impossibly difficult job, very competently completed.
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