Is It Possible To Burn Coffee & How To Prevent It

The majority of coffee enthusiasts cannot survive the day without having at least one coffee in a day. Just the smell brings joy and energy to the body, it’s like magic in a cup.

Sometimes things don’t go as planned, particularly when in rush. A sudden accident can happen in the brewing process and your coffee ends up tasting terrible or even burning, and this is not a good way to start a day.

Burned coffee is not even an option, in fact, can you burn coffee?

There are lots of theories thrown about whether or not the coffee can be burned.

Going deeper to find out the cause, and how a person can actually burn the coffee. Prevention is always better than being sorry.

Is It Possible To Burn Coffee?

As a matter of fact, yes, coffee can be burned. This happens in the conditions of roasting the beans yourself, especially in the beginning stages.

Using boiled water can also burn the coffee, even the brewing methods play an important role here.

Some coffee experts and professionals claim that boiling water to a 212°F (100°C) is not causing burning by any means.

The ideal temperature would be between 194°F to 203°F (90°C to 95°C) where the foamy and tasteful aroma is chef’s kiss. Baristas never boil water at 212°F. Their defense is because water is killing the flavor and is scalding the coffee.

When you look at the big picture, there is no huge temperature difference, but it affects other compounds’ chemical breakdown.

How Would You Know If Coffee Is Burned?

To find out if you burned the coffee, look closely at how it pours. If it drips slowly through the whole of the shot, and you get a really small volume of coffee even after 45 seconds, congratulations you burned your coffee.

The second thing you can try to find out if the coffee is burned is to pay more attention to how it tastes. If you notice more bitterness than usual, most probably your coffee is burned.

How To Repair Burned Coffee? (The Cure)

To cure burned espresso, choose wisely the coffee beans because none of the above-mentioned issues are as important as the quality of beans.

After choosing high-quality beans (preferably 100% Arabica, or Robusta Coffee) adjust the grinder to be a little harsh. This makes water steep through the grind equally and smoothly.
If you prefer to make milky coffee types, don’t forget to check out the expiration date, smell it, and be careful with the temperature.

Milk might be the reason why coffee feels burnt, not coffee beans itself. Plus if you pour directly boiled water/milk onto the coffee grounds, it can extract early and the bitter taste in the cup will be highly recognizable within a sip.

How to Roast Coffee Properly?

Take the roaster and green beans. The starting point would be to go outside because the smell is very strong and might take hours of opened windows to get the smell out.

Add the raw beans to the roaster. Do not fill it fully. The Smaller amounts are far better than roasting the entire package. Plus, the flavor and aroma don’t flow easily.

The next step is to cover the lid with a temperature of 200°F and wait for the green beans to turn out yellow and smell grassy.

14 minutes of roasting time would be enough, meanwhile, water will evaporate and the lid will steam up.

After 10 or 12 minutes, you should hear a cracking noise. This means the beans had started the caramelizing process. In this stage, you are about to find out whether the coffee is light or dark roasted.

If you don’t have a roaster, a frying pan would make the same work done. Here is what you need to do;

Add as much as water you like.
Let the water heat for a couple of minutes.
Then put the beans in, and start stirring until it’s done.

How To Put a Stopper On Coffee Burning?

Do you want to put an end to coffee burning? – Then buy the right amount. The right amount is to divide the coffee into smaller portions. It won’t let you waste a huge amount at once. Let’s assume you burned your coffee in that day, you still get to drink the rest of the package.

To drink fresh coffee every morning, don’t let the coffee beans be exposed to heat or sunlight for a very long time.

Get a thermometer in case you are not sure about water’s heat. While beans are in the roasting process, you can easily measure the ideal temperature. This will prevent the coffee from burning.

You can put in use a thick frying pan. The bottom part of the pan is thick and doesn’t let the heat grow drastically. The chances of coffee burning are much lower.

If you are using a pot instead of a pan, put the lid to cover the coffee. This makes the heat stuck inside and avoids burning.

Even the best quality beans may be ruined because of the roasted time. Be careful or set a timer not to forget about it.

Do not brew the coffee for more than 15 minutes for 2 reasons; one to prevent the bitterness and two, to avoid the burning part.


Roasting Profiles In The Coffee?

There are 4 roasting profiles in total:

  • Light
  • Medium
  • Medium-dark
  • Dark

Bitterness level depends on what type of coffee roasting above you choose.

If the bitter taste is what makes you smile in the morning, then dark roasted is the best choice.

The others tend to have lower, flavorful, and light roasting coffee which is usually sweeter.

What Happens If You Drink Burnt Coffee?

Assuming you burned the beans and now what? Should you throw it away or drink it?

If you burn your coffee, without a second thought, throw it away.

The main reason is the awful taste. The second reason is the terrible smell and the third reason is that burned coffee harms your health, because the substances are now toxic.
The caffeine level on a burned coffee depends highly on how much burning we are talking about. Let’s say, you drank the burned coffee, I wish you good luck in finding the motivation or same energy you get from the unburned coffee. Overall, it’s not worth it.

How To Clean The Mess You Created After Burning Coffee?

Let’s say you burned the coffee and threw it away. The most annoying part is about to come, of course, the cleaning. You don’t intend of throwing the roaster or pan away just like you did with coffee. Do you?

As the first step, you can start by heating the pot or pan a little bit, just to be warm.

The next step would be to add a tablespoon of dish soap.

Let it sit for half an hour or more, and then you can start scrubbing until your fingers feel the clear sense.

Finally, rinse with water and dry it out.

Coffee roasters have easily removable accessories. You can either use a normal brush or put it in the dishwasher.