Noteworthy read: Barista Guild of Taiwan forum interview with Tim Wendelboe Part one, two
...excerpt from the interview.
"The worst flavours for me would be if the espresso is stale and has a charcoal or burned flavour. I do not like over roasted espresso, nor too light so it tastes like lemon juice. I also dislike ferment, mustiness and all other defective flavours. I believe in a good balance between sweetness, bitterness and acidity and mouth feel. Sweetness is always the taste I try to enhance the most. But without bitterness the coffee is not interesting. I prefer many styles of espresso. Right now my blend has a strong aroma of almonds and marzipan. The taste of the espresso reminds me of dried fruits. The aftertaste is very long lasting, oily and has the flavour of bittersweet chocolate. I like fruity espresso and also chocolaty espresso, but taste is individual and there is no correct answer to what an espresso should taste like. If it pleases you and stands out from other espresso, then you have probably tasted a good one, right? - Tim"
Anyone has some espresso like what he's describing, get me a bag. Good to see the folks in Taiwan are taking an interest in Tim and others.