It’s the perfect morning ritual. Stumble out of bed, flick a few light switches, and get the coffee started. The smell of fresh coffee grounds and the whirr of the coffee machine are almost enough to make you feel alive again. But every so often, the delicate notes and spice you are accustomed to will give way to a taste that is just plain bitter. This is a sure way to ruin what should be the perfect start to your day.
Luckily, there are a few obvious culprits for bitter coffee- and they’re easy to fix!
1. Your Water is Too Hot
○Water temperature can be as vital to the brewing process as anything else. If your water is too hot, you’ll accidentally extract bitter compounds. Keep water between 195 and 205 degrees to prevent this from happening!
2. You’re Steeping for Too Long
○If you use a french press, chances are you leave some coffee inside it even after pressing the plunger down. This is a mistake! Although you’ve “separated” the coffee grounds from the coffee, your coffee will continue to steep and become bitter if you don’t pour it into a different container entirely.
3. You Need a Different Grind Size
○If your beans are a little too finely ground, you risk ending up with a bitter coffee. If they are too coarse, however, you risk under-extraction. There are plenty of ways to achieve the perfect grind size. If you use a french press, try looking here for tips on brewing the perfect cup!
4. Your Coffee Maker is Dirty
○It’s important to keep your brewing equipment nice and clean. Otherwise, leftover coffee can contaminate the cup you’re currently brewing! Wash out your equipment regularly to prevent this residue from affecting the flavour of your coffee.
There you have it! For more coffee related posts, check under our “But First… Coffee” section.