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Thursday, November 1, 2012

How to Remove the Bitterness from Coffee


I love coffee but I'll  be the first to admit I don't make a very good cup. I would be a terrible barista. Maybe I should get job at a coffee shop so I can learn how to actually make a good tasting cup? There are a lot of factors that come into play when brewing up some java that can cause it to taste bitter. Fortunately there is a really easy way to get that bitter taste out. Add a pinch of salt to your cup of coffee. I know this sounds crazy but I promise you it does work!
My husband was the one who introduced me to this little tip. We were at a restaurant a few years ago and he shook a little salt into his hand and then sprinkled it into his coffee. I asked him what he was doing and when he told me it was to take the bitterness away. I thought he was messing with me. Rob can be a bit of a prankster. One time he convinced me that Stevie Wonder isn't actually blind. He told me he wears glasses as an homage to Ray Charles. I believed him.  Maybe I shouldn't have admitted that? At least you get the picture of who I am dealing with. Anyways, I am not messing with you. I wouldn't do that to you, my lovely readers.
I swear this works. Give it a try. Add 1/8th of a teaspoon to the grounds when you brew them or a pinch to you cup!

Other possible causes of coffee bitterness?

Your coffee maker needs to be cleaned.
  Check out my tutorial on how to clean your coffee maker here
Your water is funky. Use distilled or filtered water. It will taste so much better than chlorinated water.

I'm not exactly sure why salt will make your coffee taste less bitter. I'm sure there is some scientific reasoning behind it. It works so I don't question it. Have you tried this little tip before?


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