Tips to Prevent Coffee from Tasting Bitter

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Although not everyone may take coffee quite as seriously as we do, it’s fairly safe to say that no coffee drinker likes a cup of bitter coffee. Those of us who do take it seriously know the disappointment that can result from awakening to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and finding the taste isn’t as rewarding as the aroma.

Something to be noted is that this type of taste issue isn’t something cream and sugar can fix or even mask. In order to avoid having another cup of bitter coffee, here are some steps to help you brew a better pot.

  • You will find the best results for flavor often result if you wait to grind the beans just prior to brewing. Grinding and storing can lead to a more stale taste.
  • Obviously it is also important to make sure you use the right grind for the right brew. For example, there is a huge difference in taste if you use anything other than finely ground beans for espresso.
  • The main culprit that leads to bitterness in your morning brew is not getting the water to coffee beans ratio correct. Remember –it is six ounces of water for every two tablespoons of ground coffee, and this is the ratio for each cup you want.
  • For purists, bottled water or at least filtered tap water will probably give you the best tasting results. It is also a good idea to heat the water to boiling and cool for around two minutes, before using in your coffeemaker.
  • Although you may not be able to do this every time, make sure you are checking your coffeemaker’s temperature at least once a week. If the end result is not around 200 degrees Fahrenheit (give or take five degrees), it is time to replace your old coffee pot with a new one. The incorrect temperature for the end result is another common reason coffee ends up bitter. Brew time for a coffeemaker should also be no longer than five minutes.

Finally, you should be able to enjoy a delicious and not too bitter cup of coffee. Letting your coffee sit too long will also diminish the taste, as will trying to reheat a cup of coffee. Some people claim a pinch of salt can help improve a bitter cup of coffee. However, if you are experiencing regular problems with bitterness, it is time to rethink the way you brew, or replace your coffeemaker.

Other things to keep in mind include:

  • Make sure your coffeemaker gets a good, regular cleaning. Even a little bit of buildup will impact the taste. Everything needs to be cleaned out thoroughly, from the basket to the carafe.
  • Some people run cleaning solutions or vinegar through their maker to get an even more in-depth clean. This is a good idea to do every once in a while; just be sure you flush the coffeemaker several times with plain water before trying to make a pot of coffee again.

Take a moment to add your thoughts/ideas about preventing bitter coffee. Some of the best tips come from coffee lovers who have tried different methods.


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