Bitter Coffee Can Be Helped

Coffee Maker - put salt in with the grinds before brewing. Just a couple of shakes is all one needs.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
United States
April 11, 2008 5:54pm CST
Did you know that putting a little bit of salt in with the grinds before brewing takes away the bitter taste of coffee? It sure does!! I'm talking regular or half and half coffee of either Maxwell House or Folders, not the fancy kinds and flavors that are out today. I wasn't much of a coffee drinker until someone suggested it to my mom and she, in turn, told me and we've been doing it ever since! It really does take out the bitterness that now I LOVE coffee and drink it all day long! I've even told a friend in Texas, who didn't like coffee because of the bitter taste, about it and she thought I'd lost my marbles... lol I promise you, I haven't lost anything but gained a nice cup of coffee! lol A few days later I see her with a cup of coffee walking over to my house!! I KNEW then she had tried it and obviously loved it! So do you know about putting salt in coffee grinds? Do you do this tecnique?
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@pooh08 (671)
• Vietnam
12 Apr 08
I don't think drink a lot of bitter of coffee can be helped. Because it'll excite your nervous system and doesn't good for your health. If you drink a little, it's OK.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
12 Apr 08
There is half and half which means only half the caffeine and it's what my hubby and I drink. I don't like the regular kind either for the same reasons as yours.
• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Apr 08
Let's see. What do I put in my coffee grinds to 'sweeten' the pot? Not all at the same time of course! LOL 1. Salt 2. Eggshells 3. A couple of scoops of powdered Nestle's Quick 4. A couple of scoops of hard granulated sugar - yes right in the dry grinds! 5. A fresh piece of orange peel left over from the freshly peeled orange for fresh squeezed orange juice. 6. A couple of scoops of another flavoured coffee One or the other of these takes away the bitter taste and actually adds very little extra, unwanted flavour. It's all in the putting in the right amount. And being lazy, I only do this when I'm completely out of coffee sugar for my cup.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
12 Apr 08
Shocked silly! - but it's a perfect example of to each his own!
Holy smokes!! Gee mee christmas! LOL I don't think I'd want to try your coffee spark, sorry. That's a bit much for me. lol I've never heard of putting quick or orange peel in with the coffee grinds... you add that and a heck of a lot other things... wow! Well you can pat yourself on the back because you're certaintly one of a kind!! LOL
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Apr 08
LOL, you don't put them in all at the same time! Oh, and a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar works too! ROFL And I'll have you know that I am famous for my coffee!
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
12 Apr 08
I had no idea that salt could do this..Although I really love the Folgers I drink now, I may just try it to see what the difference would be..
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
12 Apr 08
Want a cup of coffee? - Don't forget to add the salt
When I saw my mom put salt in with the grinds, I was like, "MOM! What are you doing? Or do you know what you're doing?" She laughed and told me about it and I tried her coffee and loved it! I do wonder where the person, who came up with the idea, got it from.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
12 Apr 08
That's funny..I am going to try it in my next pot..I will let you know...I was thinking, maybe the person who came up with the idea accidentally put salt in their coffee cup instead of sugar...just a thought..
@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
11 Apr 08
I usually drink instant coffee but a friend of mine has just bought a coffee machine and I only had one cup because it was bitter, next time I go there i am going to tell him this, thank you so much, I like a nice cup of coffee when I visit so now maybe i can drink his coffee from his fancy machine.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
11 Apr 08
Great taste of coffee - with some salt added to it
I can't drink bitter coffee either. YUCK! lol Once you try it with your friends coffee maker, you'll want to get one yourself! lol Just a couple of shakes is all you need. Enjoy that cup dear friend!!
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@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
11 Apr 08
cup of coffee - cup of coffee with heart
Thank you for your help, I felt awful knocking back his coffee as he thinks he is a coffee shop owner...hahahahah thanks again...
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@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
14 Apr 08
No I have never tried it but surely you must be able to taste the salt in it I don't find a bitter Taste in Coffee so maybe it is just me lol
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
15 Apr 08
Nope. You can't taste the salt in the coffee. All you taste is the great part of the coffee without the bitterness in it. You only use a few shakes from the salt shaker, not a lot.
@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
12 Apr 08
Hey catsanddogs, how are you? I've never heard about that. How much salt do you add? Can you add it to instant coffee? I've never heard anything like that...I like how it tastes so I'm not sure if it tastes any better, I guess it does since you said it tastes better... So, if you could tell me more about this technique, thank you Pablo
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
13 Apr 08
Hi callarse, I'm fine thank you! How are you? I don't know about instant for I've never heard of one doing it with that kind of coffee however, the brewed kind from a coffee maker, you put the same amount of grinds as you normally do and then just a couple to three shakes of the salt shaker on top of the grinds before brewing. The salt does something to the bitter taste and makes the coffee taste much better.
@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
12 Apr 08
Nawp, i put sugar in my coffee, and lots of it.. it helps with the staying awakeness as well as the cafiene.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
12 Apr 08
Oh you can still put sugar in it afterwards. I do and creamer too. I don't like the bitter taste and the salt in the grinds takes it away.
• United States
12 Apr 08
I have never tried it but I have also heard that you can add some egg shell and it will have the same results. I am a coffee addict so I will try out the salt first as I'm not sure about the eggs shells.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
12 Apr 08
Cup of coffee - that's brewed with a little bit of salt
I don't think I'd be willing to try the egg shell idea. Bla! lol It just isn't appealing at all. Definetely try to salt, it does wonders for the taste! I couldn't drink coffee if it were brewed without the salt.