Input: i went to work today and tried some un-adulterated, no sugar, no nothing espresso for the first time in a while. It was a perfect demitasse, nice crema, 1oz., very nice. Conclusion: Yeah, it tastes burnt as hell. I always put sugar in, out of cultural habit(no one drinks coffee black in Brasil). So, I stand corrected. The company burns the fuck out of its espresso beans. Meh. Nobody's perfect.