Many people in the world don’t like coffee; the reason behind this is bitterness in the taste of coffee.
Regular coffee drinkers actually love bitterness if it is balanced. But too much bitter coffee can also turn off the mood of coffee lovers.
If your coffee tastes bitter regularly, you must know where you are going wrong because a bad cup of coffee in the morning would ruin your whole day.
So, here is why your coffee tastes bitter and what you can do to tackle this problem.
Why does your Coffee tastes Bitter?
There can be many causes of excessive bitterness in the taste of coffee. The quality of beans you are using might not be good, your brewing technique may not be accurate. Maybe you are extracting the beans for too long or the temperature of brewing may be too high. Let’s discuss all the reasons in detail.
1. Bad Beans
Many low-grade, poorly roasted coffee beans are available in the market at comparatively low prices.
So, if you can’t compromise on the taste of coffee, it would not be fair to compromise on the prices. Always buy good quality and perfectly roasted beans.
If you are too sensitive to bitterness and hate it, you must buy brown coffee beans; it’s less bitter than dark coffee beans.
2. Bad Brewing
If you make mistakes while brewing the coffee, it may cause bitterness in its taste. These mistakes might be one of the following.
- Time: The taste of the coffee gets more and more bitter if you increase the time for the brewing of the ground coffee beans.
- Size of ground coffee beans: If ground coffee beans are too fine, then your coffee may taste bitter.
- The temperature of the water: If you use too much hot water for brewing your coffee, it will make the taste of the coffee more bitter.
- Dirty Equipment: Leftover beans in your coffee maker if you don’t clean them properly gets over-extracted and causes bitterness in the taste.
- Amount of water: You must always use the perfect water and coffee beans ratio to avoid bitterness.
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How to make coffee less bitter?
Some techniques that will make the taste of your coffee less bitter are:
1. Use perfectly ground Coffee beans
The size of ground coffee beans matters a lot in the brewing process of the coffee.
If it’s too fine, the taste of the coffee gets bitter because of the over-extraction of the bitter flavors of the coffee beans.
And if it’s too coarse, the beans don’t get appropriately extracted, and you will never enjoy the real taste of the coffee.
So, the question here is, what will be the ideal size of ground coffee beans.
Well! The answer is not that simple; it also depends on the type of coffee you are making.
Fine coffee beans are used for making Espresso as bitterness is the prime quality of its taste.
Mediumly ground coffee beans are used in Aeropress or Drip coffee makers. While French press coffee and cold brew coffee uses coarser coffee beans.
So, the size of beans entirely depends on the type of coffee you are making.
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2. Clean your coffee maker
A dirty coffee maker will never allow you to brew your coffee perfectly. It’s always recommended to clean your coffee maker soon after brewing it by pouring hot water.
It’s the easiest way to keep your coffee maker clean because as time passes, the coffee dries, and it sticks harder on the surface of the coffee maker.
Sometimes you are in a hurry and forget to wash it as soon as you brew the coffee. And the coffee beans get dry and stick to the surface of the coffee maker. In that case, you will need baking soda to clean the coffee maker.
If you are tired of cleaning coffee makers, then you must like to read our guide on modern coffee machines with a self-cleaning feature
3. Water quality and temperature:
Always use filtered water for brewing the coffee because impurities in the water may affect the taste of the coffee.
Don’t use too much hot water for brewing the coffee because it will result in the over-extraction of the coffee beans, and your coffee will taste bitter.
The ideal temperature for brewing coffee beans is around 200 degrees.
4. Time for brewing
The time for brewing the coffee has a considerable effect on the taste of coffee.
If you brew your coffee for too little time, the coffee beans will not get appropriately extracted, and your coffee taste will be sour. If you brew your coffee for too much time, you will over-extract the coffee beans, and the coffee will taste bitter.
So, it’s a must that you find the perfect time for brewing the coffee. The ideal time for brewing the coffee depends on the coffee machine you are using.
5. Adding sugar or creamer
Black coffee always has some bitterness in its taste, and that is the quality liked by coffee lovers. It’s too much bitterness that causes the problem.
But if you are entirely against the bitterness, you might like to add some creamer to the black coffee, and you will love it. Adding some amount of sugar will also help.
But this solution works at the cost of added calories in the cup of your coffee. So, if you are very diet conscious that solution might not be for you.
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6. Adding salt to ground coffee beans
You might like to add sugar or creamer to your coffee. But by doing this, you will add extra calories to your breakfast, which might affect your diet.
So here is another technique to counter bitterness in the taste of black coffee.
You can sprinkle a small amount of salt over your coffee beans, and you will surely notice a reduction in the bitterness of the coffee.
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Bitterness is the essence of the taste of coffee, so don’t expect your coffee to be completely free of bitterness.
It is the quality of taste of coffee that most coffee lovers love. But it’s over bitterness that causes the problem.
So, if your coffee is tasting over bitter, you must apply the techniques mentioned above and enjoy your mandatory morning drink.
If you have any questions, please do mention that in the comments.
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I am Johny Morrisson! Founder of CoffeeAbout
My love for coffee dates back to my childhood. I love trying out different coffee machines and recipes.
As a coffee enthusiast, I decided to start my blog last year to provide users with useful information on brewing methods.
During this journey, I have discovered many new things and facts about coffee that I will share with you here.