Bitter coffee; those two simple little words can make any regular coffee drinker shudder. Two of the worst things that can happen to perfectly innocent coffee is being too bitter and tasting burnt. The latter can usually be avoided by not overheating your coffee, but how can one go about getting rid of bitterness? One rather odd sounding remedy is to add salt to coffee to banish the bitters. Read on to learn more.
Yes friends, you read that correctly, salt can rid your coffee of that awful bitter taste. There are a couple of ways to add salt to your coffee, and they will be discussed shortly. For now the focus is on just how salt neutralizes bitterness. The salt actually adheres to coffee’s natural oils and neutralizes that bitterness from there. There is no doubt that salt is probably not something most people would think of adding to their coffee…ever. Most coffee aficionados think of flavored creamers, sweeteners and maybe even some spices like cinnamon when thinking about coffee additives. These are all great additives to enhance the flavor of their favorite brew, but will not take away any bitterness the coffee may possess. In fact, most coffee additives will not even do a good job of masking bitterness!
In the grounds
Before you begin brewing your pot of coffee, add some salt to the grounds. Unfortunately, you will have to experiment with how much salt you add. There are people that claim to know how much to add, but the truth is that no one can know exactly how you want your coffee to taste. A good overall starting point is about an 1/8 of a teaspoon for a full pot’s worth of grounds. You may need more or less, so do your own taste experiments to discover your perfect amount. After you have added the salt to the grounds, then brew like you normally would and enjoy.
In the mug
If you dislike the thought of having to add salt to your coffee grounds before brewing, then simply add a pinch directly to your mug. If you choose this method, then be especially careful not to add too much salt, you do not want to have to toss a good cup of Joe down the drain. This method is especially useful when having coffee at a restaurant or someone’s home. While in a friend or family member’s home having coffee with them, you do not want to insult them and tell them that their coffee is bitter, so add a pinch of salt and drink up.
A pinch will do
Salt can work wonders at eliminating bitterness from your morning cup of java, however, too much salt will create a whole new problem. As previously mentioned, only add a pinch of salt to a cup or a bigger pinch to coffee grounds. You can take bitter coffee and turn into something akin to a science experiment gone wrong if you add too much. Just the thought of that is enough to make you almost consider not drinking coffee anymore…almost.
No matter how strange it sounds to add salt to your coffee, don’t knock it until you have tried it. One key thing to remember is to not add too much salt to your grounds or mug because, well that would just taste terrible. Once you figure out how much salt is enough, you will then not have to worry about bitter coffee ever again! As far as adding salt to coffee as being just a myth, well try it and you will know it is not just a wives’ tale.