How do I get my coffee to not taste bitter or acidic?

How do I get my coffee to not taste bitter or acidic?

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  1. When your brew recipe results in a sour coffee, increase the amount of water used. Adding more water directly increases the brew time, which results in a more even extraction to produce a cup of coffee with a softer acidity and sweet tasting notes.

  2. Buy new beans. & buy them every week. Don’t let them set. Coffee is a semisweet. In nature. It is such because of the gas in the beans. The more gas that escapes from the beans the more bitter coffee becomes. So do like me. Go to the market weekly. Select only fresh green coffee beans down from the mountain. Have them roasted there & ground as you like. Put them in your sealed coffee container.

  3. Preventing coffee from tasting bitter or acidic is a two-phase process.
    First off, stop buying most of the crap that people sell you as coffee. Go online to the Barefoot Coffee roasters site and order some of their light or medium roasted beans.
    Second, learn how to brew. Use only freshly ground coffee beans.
    Third, only use cold, fresh water that has just reached a boil. Residual oxygen in water is responsible for many of our best food flavors. Try brewing tea with twice-boiled water and you will see what I mean.
    In keeping with tea, coffee brewing should emulate the tea ritual. All surfaces that the coffee sees must be warmed ahead of time—preferably with boiling water. Just as the teapot must be scalded with boiling water before any brewing happens, so it is with coffee-making. Heat all surfaces that the coffee will see.
    Try a French press or a filter cone for pour-overs. DO NOT set a pot of coffee on the stove to boil down into sludge. So here’s the routine:
    Boil a gallon or two of fresh, cold water.
    Grind some light or medium roast coffee beans.
    When the water boils, preheat all of your service tools (i.e., mugs and filters).
    Process the coffee quickly and get it to the table right away.
    Add cream and sugar according to taste.
    Once you have had light and medium roasted coffee beans, you will realize that over 90% of commercial coffee is crap. Over-roasting is one of the primary sins of all coffee houses. For instance, if a cafè brags about their “house roast”, you will know that they’re full of garbage.
    Every load of beans requires a competent roaster to create a profile for that individual type of coffee. Merely subjecting coffee beans to a pre-programmed time and heat means that nobody’s doing any homework. Customizing roasting profiles according to first crack and other very specific parameters delivers caffeine like a hypodermic.
    If you like your morning wake-up cup, learn about the coffee ritual.

  4. As many others have so ably mentioned, make sure you use good quality coffee, good water, and scrupulously clean equipment.
    If your coffee comes pre-ground in a can, forget it. Coffee starts going stale just minutes after it’s ground. Invest in a good quality Burr grinder, and grind your own beans minutes before brewing. Make sure you grind the beans to the proper consistency. As a general rule the longer the beans will be exposed to water, the coarser the grind. As a result you will notice that espresso coffee is finely ground, and drip or French Press is coarsely ground.
    Don’t use tap water unless you have a good quality home filtration system. You do not need things like chlorine and fluoride in your morning brew. On the other hand do not use distilled water. It’s actually too “pure”, and can give substandard taste.
    Finally, make sure everything involved with brewing your coffee is clean. Coffee beans have natural oils that eventually go rancid. Occasionally clean out your grinder to eliminate those. Make sure that your brewing vessel and you’re drinking vessel are nice and clean.
    If you seriously want to step away from morning swill, I recommend you invest in a decent burr grinder and a French press. This need not be an exorbitant expenditure. You can get a hand operated burr grinder for about $30 and the same (or even less) for a French press. Invest some time and trial-and-error to make the cup that’s perfect for your taste buds. The time invested will be worth it. You’re welcome.

  5. Try it with cream: either what’s sold as “heavy whipping cream” or half-and-half. Coffee is naturally bitter. If you don’t like the bitterness, smooth it out with some cream.
    Also, some coffees are more bitter than others. Try a lot of different beans from the best coffee shop where you live. Once you find a favorite, stick with that.


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