5 Reasons Why Your Coffee Tastes Terrible (And How To Fix It)
It’s interesting how a quality cup of coffee can make a Monday morning feel like a relaxing weekend, with your feet propped up on the couch. The aromas and subtle flavors making all the difference as you do a little happy dance in your head. But, what happens when drinking your coffee isn’t as easy as a Sunday morning? Your self-worth is more important than chugging down a mug of daily dirt water, just for that extra caffeine high!
Here are 5 reasons why your coffee may taste terrible:
1. Stale Coffee
Would you rather drink pre-ground coffee from a plastic or tin can that’s been sitting on a shelf for months OR whole-bean coffee freshly roasted to order, sealed inside an airtight pouch, within days of purchase? When it comes to your coffee tasting its best, freshness is key!
Once coffee beans are roasted, they begin to oxidize with exposure to oxygen, which leads to them becoming stale. It is even recommended that you grind your freshly roasted whole-beans just before you brew, to ensure the highest quality flavor. Make sure to maintain the freshness of your beans by storing them inside an airtight container, in a cool dry location.
2. Improper Roasting
Coffee is a remarkably complex substance, with over 800 different flavors and aroma-imparting elements. The degrees to which your coffee beans are roasted plays a significant role in its taste. As coffee roasts get darker, they lose the origin flavors of the beans and take on more flavor from the roasting process. Vice versa, lighter roasts have more acidity and contain their natural oils.
If possible, try to find coffee that is roasted in small batches. High volume roasters risk improper roasting techniques, allowing an improper balance of your coffee's natural flavors. When coffee is freshly roasted in small batches, this allows for greater quality control and the perfect balance from light to dark roasts.
3. Types of Coffee Beans
Arabica Coffee Beans: Typically grown at higher altitudes such as; Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Kenya - produce very different high-quality flavors. They are dense beans that are more sought-after, considered some of the finest, partly because of their ripening time (up to 11 months).
Robusta Coffee Beans: Often found in instant coffee and less popular in the coffee industry, Robusta beans are grown at much lower altitudes, usually 2,500 feet under sea level. They are more known for their higher caffeine content, yet are considered bitter, acidic and a rather soft bean. However, if roasted properly can make a delicious blend.
4. Flavor or Lack Of
Bland coffee is the worst! With flavored coffee arriving in the commercial coffee scene during the late 1970’s, as a notion of adding other ingredients to whole-bean coffee to enhance its natural flavors. As far back as the first coffee drinkers (the Arabs of what is now Yemen), adding various spices and oils during the brewing/roasting process was something special. Even the Europeans combined chocolate with their coffee, innovating the seventeenth-century!
Jumping back into moderns times, our uniquely flavored coffees emerge with heavy hitters such as; Maple Bacon or the ever popular Blueberry Muffin. If you're a coffee lover looking for a little extra love in your mug, you may want to give em' a gander!
5. Brewing Methods
Do you want control over what you put in your mouth? These days, with easy access to various brewing methods, equipment, water quality and temperature, you’re in full control. You can dramatically enhance the flavors of your coffee with very simple techniques!
One popular technique is best known as “blooming”. To fully enhance the flavors of your coffee, start by pouring just enough hot water (just under boiling temperature) to cover the grounds for 30 seconds, allowing the flavors to release and oxidize. After 30 seconds, pour in the rest of your water and complete your brewing.
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