- How old is the Coffee you are using? Many times Coffee that you will find in the grocery store is several months old before you buy it. Check the expiration dates. Many bags of coffee will have expiration dates 6 mths to a year out.
- Are the beans 100% Arabica. When Coffee prices goes up manufacturers have been known to make blends that have Robusta beans which taste a little bitter.
- How does your water taste? Is your drinking water filtered? Are you pulling the water for the coffee machine from the tap that is not filtered? Coffee is 99% water! You need to start with good water first. Do not use a water softener, it adds salt to the water and that will affect the taste of the coffee.
- What kind of equipment are you using? Most Keurigs or our Uniserve Machine will do a great job with water temperature. If you have an old drip brewer the temperature is not probably high enough to get the best extraction of flavor. Ideally you want the temperature to be between 196 and 200 degrees. Have you cleaned your coffee equipment lately? Does it have scale build up from the heavy metals in the water?
- Could it be the Dairy? Maybe?....If your a Dunkin' Donuts customer. Dunkin' Donuts Franchisees are supposed to use 18% Cream, which is a step higher than Half & Half.
I hope this helps some of you with improving your cup of coffee at home.