Here Are Three Methods That Will Make Your Coffee Tastier

A cup of coffee in the morning can be a real lifesaver, and it's certainly a great way to kick off the day, but if you're the type who prefers their beverages on the less bitter side, you may find the taste of coffee to be an obstacle.

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    Season your coffee with a pinch of salt. The bitterness of coffee can be mitigated and the flavor enhanced by adding a pinch of salt. Coffee that has been flavored with table salt has a milder flavor because the salt brings out the coffee's natural sodium flavor. To lessen the bitterness of freshly brewed coffee, try adding a pinch of salt. [1]

    • For this method, regular table salt will do.
    • Remember that sprinkling a little salt on your coffee won't make it saltier or alter the flavor.
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    Boost your coffee with some milk or cream. Adding milk or cream to your coffee is another simple way to lessen the bitterness. If you add milk or cream to your coffee and prefer a milder flavor, this could be a good choice. Cream and milk's high fat content helps to mask coffee's natural bitterness. [2]

    • Those who prefer their coffee without milk or cream can try this method by adding a bit of each and seeing if they like it. If the coffee is still too strong, you can sweeten it with more milk or cream.

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    Sweeten your coffee with sugar. Adding sugar to your coffee is an option if you don't mind balancing the bitterness with sweetness. To lessen the bitterness and highlight the coffee's natural sweetness, try adding a teaspoon of sugar. [3]

    • Both white sugar and brown sugar can be used in this procedure. Cane sugar is sometimes preferable because it contains fewer additives.

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    Drink coffee made in a drip machine. Coffee prepared via pour over or drip brewing methods is typically less bitter than coffee prepared via the french press or an espresso machine. Drip coffee, whether brewed at home or ordered out, is a good option if you're looking to cut down on bitterness. If you're looking for a less bitter cup of joe, skip the espresso and go for a regular brew. [4]
    • The degree of bitterness in home-brewed coffee is contingent upon several factors, including the type of bean used, the roasting method applied to the beans, and the quantity of beans brewed. Developing a not-too-bitter brew via the drip coffee method may require some experimentation.
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    Vary the coffee's grind size to taste. To get the most flavor from coffee that you make at home, it's best to grind the beans yourself. Caution should be exercised to prevent over-grinding the coffee beans. Different grind sizes are needed for various brewing methods, such as the French press and the drip brewer. When using a french press, coarser grinds tend to yield a more pleasant flavor than finer ones. To minimize bitterness, use medium-fine rather than very-fine grinds for your drip coffee. [5]

    • Depending on the brewing method you employ, you may need to play around with the grind size of your coffee. The coffee's flavor, including its bitterness, may benefit from being ground to the ideal size.
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    Make sure the water you're using isn't too hot. If you use boiling water to brew your coffee at home, that could be another reason for the bitter flavor. Too much bitterness can result from brewing coffee with boiling water. The optimal range for water temperature is between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit (91 and 96 degrees Celsius). Keep the water temperature below 98 degrees Celsius (210 Fahrenheit). [6]

    • It's also a good idea to make it a habit to let the water cool a bit in the kettle before pouring it over the coffee beans.
    • After pouring water over the coffee grounds, quickly stirring them with a spoon can also bring out the best in the brew.
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    Be sure to keep your brewing equipment clean. Always give your coffee brewing utensils a good scrubbing after each use. Any leftover grounds in your coffee pot could potentially make your next brew too bitter. If you want to use the same equipment for both drip and French press coffee the next time you make coffee at home, you should wash it in hot water. [7]

    • Brewing gear should be cleaned and dried overnight before being used again.
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    You can use a thermos to keep your leftover coffee hot. Pour any remaining coffee from a french press into a thermos to keep it hot if you use that method of brewing. A more bitter cup of coffee results from letting the grounds steep in the press for too long. If you pour the leftover coffee into a new cup, it may turn out to be very bitter. [8]

    • In order to limit coffee wastage, you could brew individual cups' worth of coffee using a measuring cup. If you and a friend each want a cup of coffee, you can avoid having any coffee go to waste by measuring out exactly two cups' worth of water before starting the coffee press.

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    Choose a roast level in the middle. Coffee that has been roasted to a medium level is typically more pleasant to the palate than its darker counterparts. This is because, typically, medium roast coffees are roasted for a shorter period of time and at a lower temperature than dark roast coffees. Therefore, the acid content and aroma of medium roast coffees are typically higher than those of dark roast coffees, while the bitterness of medium roast coffees is typically lower. [9]

    • Find a coffee shop that sells medium roast coffee. Alternatively, you could go out and buy some medium roast coffee beans and brew your own cup of coffee at home.
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    If you can't handle the caffeine, decaf is the way to go. There is evidence that decaffeinating coffee makes it less bitter. Try some decaf coffee beans and see if they're any sweeter. Find a coffee shop that sells decaf beverages, or buy decaf coffee beans to brew at home. [10]

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    Prefer brewed coffee? Stay away from instant. While instant coffee may seem like a time-saver, it often has an unpleasant taste, either too bland or too bitter. The only things you need to make a cup of instant coffee are hot water and a few stirs, but it may contain fillers, preservatives, or even low-quality coffee beans. Use instant coffee in place of the real thing if you must. Choose a cup of brewed coffee that isn't overly bitter to appreciate the coffee for what it is. [11]

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    My freshly purchased Hamilton Beach Brew Station emits a pungent odor reminiscent of kerosene or diesel, and the coffee has an equally robust flavor and aftertaste. We have tried running vinegar and a number of containers of clear water through the machine. What now

    Community Answer

    You should return that to the store from which you purchased it. There's no way that coffee is drinkable if it smells like that.

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    I purchased pods of arabica coffee. Oh, the bitterness! Could it be the coffee I bought?

    Community Answer

    Bitterness can be mitigated with the addition of sugar and/or cream. It's true that some coffees are more bitter than others. A coffee maker's mineral buildup can also play a role. The machine may benefit from being descaled if it hasn't been done in a while.

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    Would light roast coffee be even less likely to be bitter than medium roast, according to the theory that lighter blends are less bitter (Method 3)?

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    In a word, yes

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