How do you take your coffee? For me, I like it iced with flavored creamer (current favorite is pumpkin pie spice) and no added sugar.
If I'm at Starbucks, though, I order iced coffee sweetened with cream. And if I'm treating myself at Starbucks, I get an iced white mocha with nonfat milk and no whip cream. Funny how particular we all are about our coffee, isn't it? But it's what gets us going in the morning and keeps us going in the afternoon. We need coffee. And we need it to be good! I'm sure I'm not the only one who's brewed a bad pot or two, am I? Here's how to fix it!
Bitter coffee can be caused by a few different things — the water is too hot, the machine isn't completely clean, the beans are no good or the coffee's been sitting too long on a hot plate. Once the coffee's bitter, though, you can't go back in time and clean your machine or cool down the water. Instead, add a little salt to your coffee (yes, salt). Seems strange, but give it a try! If your coffee is consistently bitter (assuming the machine is clean, the water's not too hot and the beans are fresh), add a dash to the water before brewing your coffee.
For me, this is the worst. In the morning, I'm after one thing and one thing alone — caffeine! If my coffee's bitter or "too strong," I can handle that, but weak? No thanks. Weak coffee is caused by the water not being hot enough (apparently coffee is picky, just like its drinkers), the coffee-to-water ratio being off or the coffee not being ground properly. To fix weak coffee, add a little instant coffee to the cup and next time make sure you added enough coffee grinds to the filter!
I cringe at those words, because to me there's no such thing as coffee that's "too strong," but some may beg to differ. Luckily, for strong coffee, the solution is rather simple. Add some hot water until it's your desired strength and consistency. You could also try adding some nonfat milk, a little more creamer than usual or an extra packet of sugar.
Excuse me while I go grab another cup…
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