Why does espresso have a decidedly salty flavor here in the U.S. (versus Italy, for example)?

Why does espresso have a decidedly salty flavor here in the U.S. (versus Italy, for example)?

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  1. Firstly, the ‘salty’ flavor that you are experiencing in the coffee is more likely to be the cupping quality known as ‘acidity’. Acidity is a positive highly desirable quality that refers to the pleasant high notes, sharpness, brightness, snap, life and vibrancy contained of the coffee beverage. It is best described as the sensation of dryness on the back of the palate and under the edges of the tongue much like the desired sharpness of a dry white wine. Acidity is said to increase the overall experience of the coffee cup because without sufficient acidity, the coffee beverage would tend to be flat and dull.
    Coffee roasters in the US tend to seek out this desirable acidity by offering a range of roasts including American, City, Full City, Vienna, French, Espresso/Italian with each roast type being a little darker than the previous as shown in the palette below from http://cyberiancafe.com/roast.

    Why does espresso have a decidedly salty flavor here in the U.S. (versus Italy, for example)?

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    The longer the time that the green coffee bean spends in the roaster the darker the roast color and the greater the change in the coffee taste profile. i.e. the darker roasts begin to lose the bright acidity but gains body and dark roast flavors which are more mellow and caramelized as this graph…

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