Many of us start our day with a cup of coffee– it’s the most popular beverage in the world. But what do you do when your cup doesn’t taste like what you’re expecting? What are some reasons why your coffee may be weak tasting? How can you fix this? Read on to find out!
The below article will cover 4 common reasons for weak tasting coffee, and how to fix these problems.
The first step is to determine if there is an issue at all by asking yourself: “Is my coffee too dark?” This often happens because people buy whole beans and grind them themselves instead of buying pre-ground coffees which have already been ground for espresso machines or drip brewing.
If this is the case, either switch up your coffee (different roasts can taste different), or if you want to stick with the same coffee, make sure to buy espresso grinds, and not drip ground. The next step is to move on to the three other common reasons for weak tasting coffee below:
1) It’s Too Old.
You’re looking for a reason why your coffee is weak, and this could be one of the reasons. It’s important to use fresh beans for making coffee so you can get the most flavor out of them. The rule of thumb with buying whole beans is that they have a shelf life of no more than 4 weeks before being roasted because their flavors start to fade or oxidize.
Another thing to note about fresh coffee is that it should be black, not oily- this means the coffee oils are starting to go rancid, so if you’re finding your cup tastes weak and has an oily sheen, try buying another batch or switching brands.
2) You Need To Grind The Beans Properly.
Do you have an old coffee grinder at home? If so, it could be the reason why your cup tastes weak. Coffee has oils in it that are released when ground up into a fine powder (similar to how other spices like turmeric can be powerful).
As these oils start to build up in your grinder, your coffee starts tasting weaker and weaker even when you use the same beans. In order to get around this problem, try buying a separate coffee grinder so your old one can stay freshly ground and strong for other spices like garlic and cinnamon (and save money on buying pre-ground coffees at the grocery store).
3) You’re Brewing The Coffee Wrong.
We’ve all heard that coffee is bitter, but it turns out there are actually 2 types of bitterness when you’re tasting coffee.
There’s the “Natural” bitterness which comes from the acids in the bean itself (which can be reduced by using milk and cream), and then there’s “Acidic” bitterness which occurs when water isn’t hot enough.
If you’re having a problem with your coffee being too acidic, make sure to use water that has been boiled and only recently cooled down- this will reduce the acidity of your cup.
4) You’re Brewing The Coffee In The Wrong Way.
Finally, if you’re still not getting the results you want from your cup of coffee, the problem could be in the way you’re brewing it.
The most common mistakes are when water is either too hot or not hot enough. If your coffee is under-extracted because the water was not hot enough, this will give it a sour taste which may seem weak to you. Another thing to consider is that you want to use filtered water for your coffee so you get the right level of flavor out of it.
If you find that your brewed coffee is too bitter, this probably means you’re brewing it at too high a temperature, so check the temp and lower it if necessary.
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