Coffee question... someone please help!

United States
November 25, 2006 9:36am CST
Why does my coffee always taste like cigarettes??? It is nasty! I don't buy the expensive stuff because it is usually too intense for me. I buy Folgers or Maxwell House. I have tried many different types- smooth, bold...all of them. Still the same results and it doesn't matter if I buy the big can, the small can or if it is the first time I have opened it or the last...Always the same results- nasty cigarettes. Can someone tell me what I am doing wrong and what I can do right???
6 responses
@jjn1983 (1353)
• United States
26 Nov 06
i drink maxwell house original. It tastes good to me. maybe you are using too much, or too little, coffee for your taste.
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@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
26 Nov 06
Try running vinegar through your machine this sometimes helps, also add just a pinch of salt to the coffee grinds, that will help with the bitterness, and last, keep your coffee in the refridgerator as this helps keep it fresh, and make coffee with hot water instead of cold.
• United States
26 Nov 06
interesting- using vinegar! And I never thought of using salt. I might have to try that too. I read somewhere that the refridgerator trick doesn't really work. I might start keeping it in there again anyway, in case it really does help. Can't hurt. Thank you for that advice!
• United States
26 Nov 06
thanks for the interesting ideas.
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
26 Nov 06
Here are a few website links to making a great cup of coffee. http://www.northcoastcoffee.com/ACcup1.htm http://www.coffeeassoc.com/how2make/default.htm this one is a little joke. Take the time to read all the steps and you will laugh your butt off. http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/WarrenAllen/coffee.htm
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@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
26 Nov 06
You should also try using filtered water for your coffee. It makes a HUGE difference in the taste.
• United States
26 Nov 06
oh I do! We have a really nice water filter and whenever I make coffee I use it. But thanks for the suggestion. I do agree that it tastes better.
• United States
26 Nov 06
You're making the coffee too strong, meaning, you're putting too much coffee into the machine. When you have to buy the cheaper coffee, and we do as well, you have to put a little less in than what it calls for. We use Maxwell House, or Folgers, and the first few times we had the same problem, very bitter, and nasty. So we started putting in a little less than what was called for, and it fixed the problem. Also, you may want to try cleaning your coffee maker. Try running some plain water through as you would if you were making your coffee, and see what color it is when it fills back up in the kettle. You may be surprised to find that it might be the problem.
• United States
26 Nov 06
I will try using less- thank you!!! As for cleaning it- it is such a basic machine, you can see every nook and cranny in it and I am a freak for keeping things like that clean. So every time i use it it gets cleaned out pretty well. Though I know that a dirty coffee maker does make some pretty bitter coffee!! I am always following directions to a T so I was using the exact amount of ground coffee that was specified in the directions. I really need to listen to my boyfriend and not do that so often! Thanks again.
@mahi99 (162)
• Ireland
25 Nov 06
try the nescafe gold blend it is excellent .
• United States
26 Nov 06
i have not even seen this in the store that I shop. Have you tried the Folgers or Maxwell House coffees?
@MagusX (1099)
• Brazil
26 Nov 06
Weird :/