The bitter taste of coffee is inherent to the drink as a result of the interaction of certain compounds with the circumvallate papillae on the back of the tongue. While caffeine lends to the bitter taste, factors like the size of the grind, brewing method, water temperature and the roast all contribute to the bitter taste. Some of the ways of reducing the bitter taste include choosing a coarser grind and adopting the drip method of brewing.Know More
Choose the proper type of coffee to reduce bitterness in the end product. Medium roast coffee is less bitter than dark roasts. Robusta coffee is usually more bitter than other blends. A coarser ground also produces less bitter coffee. Decaffeinated coffee is also less bitter than regular coffee. However, contrary to popular belief, researchers have found that caffeine accounts for less than 15 percent of bitterness in coffee.
Using distilled water helps reduce perceived bitterness in coffee as well. Make sure the water you're using to brew the coffee is hot, as this heightens the aromatics and reduces the bitterness. However, using extremely hot water extracts bitter compounds from the coffee grounds.
Brewing coffee with a French press is likely to make it more bitter, while drip brewing helps reduce the bitter taste. It is important to clean your coffee machine regularly, as buildup of old grinds can cause bitterness as well.
Common causes of a bitter taste on the tongue include pregnancy, certain antibiotics and impaired senses from smoking. Acid reflux and vomiting can also leave a temporary pungent taste in the mouth, according to Healthgrades.Full Answer >
Whether decaffeinated coffee can be considered healthier than regular coffee really depends on which health benefits and risks are being studied; for example, "decaf" coffee is less likely to cause birth complications like premature delivery and low birth weight, it is also more likely to increase blood lipids and the risk of heart disease. Furthermore, while both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee have been linked to a protective effect against diabetes, this effect is more pronounced in regular coffee than it is in decaffeinated coffee.Full Answer >
To make coffee without a coffee pot, just gently boil some water and grounds in a pan on the stove. Once the grounds have settled, you can ladle or pour the coffee into cups.Full Answer >
Coffee contains caffeine, which is a type of stimulant that prevents the onset of drowsiness and increases the energy levels of an individual. Caffeine is considered as a psychoactive drug that belongs to the xanthene class of stimulants. Unlike most psychoactive drugs, however, caffeine is unregulated and is classified by the United States Food and Drug Administration as "generally regarded as safe."Full Answer >