- Boris Carlitov
I have off smelling sugar!?
I bought the cheapest five pound bag from my local grocer about a week or so ago (best foods brand?) and I stored the sugar in a metal container on the shelf in my kitchen. Yesterday while making coffee I noticed that my coffee had an odd flavor. I traced it back to the sugar which had a distinct farm smell - like fertilizer sprayed on corn fields.
The sugar was dry and granular (no clumps). No foreign substance was visible in the container (I poked around a bit).
Any ideas what could cause this problem? Has anyone else ever seen (smelled) this problem?
I'm sometimes surpised by how bad sugar can smell. Emptying a 50 lb bag into the bin, and hmm, gosh that sort of stinks. But it still tastes sweet. I've never noticed an off flavor from funky smelling sugar, but I suppose it's possible.
For me personally, when I make my morning espresso - both at home and at work, there is tremendous variation in the flavor. Some days I make great coffee, occasinally I end up dumping it.
Then again, some days one's palate is just 'off' and everything tastes funny.
re: babette feasts
Boris: I agree with Babette, that it has no effect upon the taste or flavor. However, I learned from a very well known Chef, that for this reason all the sugar that was served in his dining rooms, including the packets, pre-packed were kept stored in Plastic Containers with with whole Vanilla Pods, as he felt this was better for pleasing customers. It actually worked quite well.
re: babette feasts
I agree that espresso can vary greatly from day to day but I'm convinced the source (this time at least) was the sugar.
I've kept sugar in this container before with no problems. I've replaced the off smelling sugar with some new stuff that also doesn't have any oder problems. (I probably went overboard getting organic sugar from whole foods instead of the normal stuff)
I'm thinking about rounding up a chemistry student to put a small sample in a spectrometer to see what it comes up with.
the smell is still a mystery to me...