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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tuesday Tip

I was surfing the internet when I came across this tidbit. I was doubtful but I have tried it and I do think it works.

A famous chef (I forget which one, there are so many thanks to Food Network) gave a tip for better coffee. Well I am always on the hunt for ways to improve my coffee experience so I read the article. He suggested adding 1/8 tsp of salt to your coffee grounds if you are making 6 or more cups of coffee. You may add just a scant amount to the grounds if you are just making a few cups.  I gave it a try and now I add a little salt to my coffee grounds every morning. I do think it makes a difference.

Is this an old tip? It could be I had just never heard of it.  I am a lover of rich mellow coffee and my usual brand is the McCafe in the medium roast.( red can).  If I am out and about I love to stop at McD's early in the morning for a cup of their delicious coffee.  Starbucks has always been too strong for me. It tastes bitter to my palette but Marvin loves it. We each make our own coffee in the morning so we can enjoy it to our own taste.  At one time none of my children drank coffee but now the boys do, Amelia prefers Coca Cola in the morning.:)  My mother started me on coffee early....we had a coffee cup with milk and a bit of coffee in it every morning. We thought we were big stuff. I was drinking regular coffee when I was about 10 years old.

Speaking of coffee I am one of those people who HATES flavored creamer.  It is just too sweet for me...give me half and half every time.  When I was a girl we just used milk in our coffee at home. At my grandparents house, they kept a small can of evaporated milk in the fridge for coffee. I thought it tasted so much better than regular milk!! Now I have to have Half and Half. I am spoiled. If the coffee is a good brand I can drink it black.  Recently I have become addicted to a cup of green tea each evening after dinner. I guess our tastes do change over the years.

Weigh in on your coffee preferences...

18 comments:

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

I am a coffee 'nut' and enjoy it every morning. I do not like it strong and do like the flavored creamers - Creme Brulee' being my favorite. Everybody that knows me, knows I have to begin each day with the good, mmmm, hot coffee! I may need to try the salt...thanks for the hint.

Anonymous said...

Thinking you were big stuff drinking coffee that’s so cute, I’ve not heard of adding salt, I’ll tell my husband, he drinks coffee, but doesn’t like star bucks, he is a Tim Horton’s coffee fan.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I didn't drink coffee until I was 45 years old and none of my sons drink it even now. But I wouldn't miss it...a cup in the afternoon too! Coffee, 1 packet of Truvia and some half and half! Oh my...sounds good right now!

Dianna said...

I'm a tea drinker...always...and mostly herbal teas. My husband, on the other hand, is a coffee drinker in the mornings.

Thank you, Arlene, for the beautiful card. xx

Annsterw said...

I love my Starbucks! But I also love McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts! Coffee is my jam! ha! I enjoy tea at night also - I am obsessed with the Hot Cinnamon! Delicious! Annster's Domain

Sandy said...

Never heard of the salt. I drank coffee early too from Grandma. My mother never has learned to like it. I drink mine black and just like a plain ole Maxwell House kind of coffee although I drink a Publix organic brand of decaf now.

Robin in Virginia said...

Arlene, I think we could have been related growing up. I wasn't a milk drinker, so my Gram would put milk in a coffee cup and add just a touch of coffee to it. By the time I was 11-12, it was more coffee than milk. We use an iCoffee maker (similar to a Keurig) here -- coffee, a splash of half & half, and a dash of sugar. I like a full bodied medium roast. Not a fan of the bitterness of Starbucks although they do make a good peppermint mocha.

Mrs.T said...

I didn't drink coffee until I was in my 40s and on a mission trip to Canada. We were invariably offered coffee in some people's homes and I determined to drink it. I learned to like it with both cream and sugar, but now I drink it with cream only. I do like the flavored creamers but I know they aren't healthy so we don't buy them -- just plain half and half.

I recently read that pinch of salt tip (think it was a Heloise hint) and, after seeing it here at Nanaland, I put a dash into my mug of coffee since the coffee was already brewed. I do believe it improved the flavor!

Mari said...

I don't like coffee, but do have the occasional Frappuccino in the summer. I order it very light on the coffee flavor and heavy on peppermint. :)

Terri D said...

I don't care for flavored creamers either. HalfnHalf is my creamer too! I am pretty sure I heard about the salt before but hadn't thought of it until I read your post. I need to give it a try next time I make a pot. We usually just us the Keurig except on weekends when we have time for a second cup. I can drink a good coffee black and I really love the French press coffee. Strong is good for me but I don't care for Starbucks.

Linda said...

I love half and half but usually use powdered creamer. NO to flavored creamers - but YES to flavored coffee. Southern Pecan is a favorite. Louis Dean and I have his and her coffee pots!

Rian said...

Love coffee! I consider it and dark chocolate my vices... (could be worse, right?) Grew up drinking coffee with boiled milk in New Orleans as a child. Now I drink it either black or with evaporated milk (which I also use in my tea) no sugar. Love a good cup of fresh brewed coffee... usually medium roast. Do NOT like flavored coffees or creamers. But I do like Starbucks Mocha Frapps!

RJ said...

I've never had coffee ever. I do like coffee ice cream however. RJ

sharon said...

Love my coffee! When I go to Starbucks I get a large coffee but only filled a fourth of the way with coffee and the rest hot water. I like it weak and black!

Mary said...

Arlene, Nothing but half and half for me in coffee, no sugar either. I haven't had a cup since Nov 15, I gave it up trying to cut out the half and half to lower my cholesterol, it hasn't worked so I just might go back to it but I want to put a full year in of no coffee, just so I can say I did it!! I think Starbucks coffee tastes like poison!!!

Meg said...

When I worked full time, the coffee in the break room was not great, so my coworker kept a pot at his desk to share with others. His secret? Adding salt to the grounds!

My mom did not let us drink coffee when we were younger, so I didn't drink it at all until my early thirties when we moved to Boise and I discovered the sweet goodness of Starbucks mochas! I used to go all the time when I was working, but now that I'm home, I have a Keurig. My favorite is hazelnut-flavored coffee with a splash of Italian Sweet Cream flavored creamer. Not too much, though.....just a splash. Too much and it is just too sweet and artificial tasting. I like using half and half, too, but I need a little sweetener.

Anonymous said...

Arlene, I don't like flavored creamer either. I usually just add whole milk to my coffee. Interesting about the salt!

Carol said...

I wish I liked coffee, but I just don't--love the smell of it and coffee-flavored things like ice cream, though :)