How To Reduce Bitterness In Your Coffee

I assume you are not pretty much into bitterish coffee types, so adding extra additives such as creams or sugar to push the coffee taste is a bright idea.

I’m not here to blame, everyone does it from time to time, the thing relies on what ingredients we can add when we are in a rush, and the coffee is still too tough and bitter to drink.

Isn’t it better to have many options to sweeten coffee rather than drink a bad, tasteless morning coffee?

Here, you are about to find out not only how to reduce bitterness in a cup but to intensify the flavor too. Many tips and tricks can be done, you just aren’t informed.

5 Simple Hacks To Reduce Bitterness In Your Coffee

Although, some bitterness sounds good in the manner of balancing acids, plus is certainly healthier from those ingredients which include tons of sugar additives. Just saying.

There are simple hacks you can do to change the level of bitterness, and before you do, make sure you don’t have an allergy to any kind of natural and artificial ingredient.

Quality Of The Beans

The first thing you might want to check is whether the beans come from a quality brand. If the price is $4-7, then you probably never going to have the taste you are looking for. Be open and try out some new tastes, a lot of brands provide high-quality coffee beans. Shift for alternatives.

Less Coffee More water

Second, try to use less coffee, and add more water. The amount of coffee may be too much for the amount of water in a cup. Adding less coffee, or changing the cup size has a huge impact.

Brewing Time

Third, it’s about brewing time. The average should be between 1 minute for a 6 oz cup, and 15 minutes for an entire package. Be aware that sometimes coffee requires to be brewed entirely, and sometimes for a single cup to keep it fresh.

Clean Your Machine

Another hack is to keep the coffee machine clean. Cleaning your espresso machine regularly won’t allow bacteria and gems to govern inside. Plus the leftover coffee inside can cause bitterness. Clean the equipment at least 2 times a week, I promise the results will follow.


The next hack is temperature. The problem may be water or milk you add, check out the expiration date and heat.

The average temperature should be between 160°F (71°C), and 175°F (79°C). Everything above these temperatures will cause an increase of bitterness.

Another thing that causes bitterness may be too small coffee grounds, you also might want to check this out.

Choose Diverse Coffee Types

If you are against bitter taste, dark roasted coffee beans are clearly not for you. Try to switch for a medium roasted, or light roasted coffee. They tend to have less bitterness in comparison with the dark-roasted ones.

Medium-to-light roasted coffee types are brewed in lower temperatures, and the roasted time is less. Including noticeable high acid content, and great aroma power, results in a drastic drop of bitterness.

Have you tried decaffeinated coffee?

If you are not familiar, decaf coffee is basically the same as regular ones, but the caffeine in it is removed at around 97% in contrast to the majority. Studies have shown the reduction of caffeine is easily seen. So if you can’t stand the bitterness part of coffee, then this option is always available.

You better stay away from instant coffees sold in the market. Many of them contain many additives (sugar, and creamers) and fewer coffee beans. This is literally why coffee can be super bland or bitter.

Instant coffee sounds tempting when you are in rush. Well, everything done effortlessly, will probably lead to disappointment.

Count Up Salt, Cream, Sugar, and Butter

Adding Creamer and Milk

The easiest way to solve the bitterness problem is probably adding cream. It will change the texture of the coffee by appearing thicker and giving more smoothness.

Milk is a real protein source. Every fancy coffees’ must-have ingredient milk is highly effective in bitterness reduction.

Milk also cools down the temperature, so the best time to add it would be as soon as you pour water.

The proteins in milk soften the bitterness by involving polyphenolic compounds, such as tannins.

Adding any type of cream will give the same effect, just know that the caffeine content is not reduced by any means.

Creams are artificial ingredients that can mask the bitter taste. There are tons of options you can find in the nearest market. Don’t worry, creamers do not affect the caffeine content either.

Adding Butter

It is said that a secret to long-lasting energy comes from adding butter to your coffee. Believe it not, it boosts up your mood without crashing blood sugar.

In this case, our purpose is to drop the bitterness. It may not be as strong as many other ingredients like creams, milk, or salt, but it does affect in reduction of bitterness.

Butter might sound a little odd at first. Both natural ingredients have high sodium to cover the bitterness. Adding 1-2 teaspoons of melted butter will make the bitter sense fade.

I can see some disgust in your eyes, but give it a try, it doesn’t have any side effects.

Adding Salt And The Logic Behind It

If none of the above didn’t work try the salt.

Did you know that salt can reduce bitterness and increase coffee’s flavor? -Sounds crazy, but there is a science behind doing that.
For so many years, many countries put that theory into practice.

In Turkey, for example, Turkish coffee with salt is a tradition for the groom to ask the bride’s father for permission to get married.
In Northern Scandinavia, is quite normal to sell salted brewed coffees. Now it clicks why they are doing it, it’s because the majority of people don’t want to add artificial alternatives.

Salt contains sodium chloride that affects to reduce the level of bitterness in coffee.

So, this follows the question how much salt is enough?

The worldly known Barista Champion James Hoffmann found out adding 0.3 grams of salt to 1.8 grams of coffee and 200 mils of water improve the taste of coffee and cuts down the bitterness. Don’t be afraid, it wouldn’t make the taste salty whatsoever.