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Old 02-01-2011, 01:38 PM   #1
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Coffee for those who don't like coffee?

I've been starting to drink coffee, and other than the bitter aftertaste, don't mind it. What is a good coffee for somebody who doesn't like the "bite" so to speak? (trying to find an easy, non caloric way to get some caffeine! I like iced tea, but sometimes want something different.)

I did get some Starbucks Vanilla flavored to try, will brew some later today. Other than that, I'm just not sure. What are some good "smooth" coffees that people enjoy?

I do try to buy only Fair Trade brands or blands.
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Look for a light or medium roasted bean. Dark roasts tend to give that bitter taste. I also like to use creamer and that helps take some of that bitterness out of coffee and doesn't add much for calories (10 calories/tsp).

I buy Camron's Woods and Water blend. The problem is most coffee you can buy in the grocery store (whole bean) is pretty regional so you may or may not have access to the same brands.
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I am not a fan of the bitter taste either. Like Golfgal suggested, I buy medium roast. I pour just a splash of milk into mine to take the edge off - just enough to lighten the color of the coffee a little.
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I love Folger's Simply Smooth. Also, try adding a sprinkle of cinamon to the grounds or the coffee itself (not too much in the grounds it will make it clog). It will make the coffee smoother and take away some of the bitterness.
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Chocolate has caffeine (not nearly as much as coffee though). How about a cup of hot cocoa?
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:20 PM   #6
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like others have said, try a medium blend.

if you can, its best to grind your own beans. I use trader joes beans and they have several varities of medium blend. also, do not use too many beans/grounds per cup of water, people tend to over brew coffee to a very dark and thick brew. and you lose some of the taste in the "mud".

something else that I have found is that you can reduce the "acidicy" of it by using a paper filter (unbleached) when brewing.
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Have you considered flavored coffee? I'm not talking about syrups but flavored beans? I don't check to see if it is fair trade because I don't care myself but I do drink flavored coffee sometimes and the sites I would recommend this site.

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I love all coffee except those that are flavored. To get rid of the bite, I use half n half. It can make the bitterest cup taste smooth.
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Any coffee can be bitter. It depends on a lot of things. You may be putting too much coffee in the filter. IMO should only be about 3 heaping tablespoons, heaping I mean 3 over flowing tablespoons. Too much coffee to water ratio will produce a much more bitter taste. You may just experiment with this, coffee to water ratio.

Also, at least for me, Half and Half and sugar are a must. I don't do coffee black at all, that is too bitter for me. If you don't mind the fat and calories full blown cream is really great with it, but too much fat for some people. I pour a little half and half which may be too much for some as well, half and half is about right for me. If half and half is too much you can try non-dairy creamer or whole regular milk. Another suggestion is chocolate milk, you don't even need sugar, or at least as much sugar with C milk.

Another suggestion is the Starbucks cold coffee you can buy at the convenience stores in small jars. Those taste great IMO and have tons of caffeine.
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I love coffee and I cannot stand the "bite" of starbucks coffee. So awful!
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DH likes Moose Munch coffee from Harry and David. He buys the beans and grinds them as needed. I rarely drink coffee, but I really like the aroma and flavor of Moose Munch coffee. Whenever he makes it, I take a sip from his cup. It's really good!
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In general, various "Breakfast Blends" should be nice... they're usually a light-medium roast with a mild flavor.

Avoid French roasts or anything described as Bold or Dark.
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Coffee is bitter - period - all of it. To take off the edge, use a creamer. With enough creamer, the bitter taste disappears completely.
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Stay away from French roasts and many of the dark roast Columbian coffees are very bitter.

I prefer Chase & Sanborn. I used to drink Folgers but the taste changed about a year ago. Others noticed this too, so it wasn't just me. It is a medium roast coffee.

Also, make sure your water is heating to the right temperature. If it is way too hot when you pour a cup, the temp is making the coffee bitter, no matter which brand you use.

If the water is too cool, then you will be using too much grounds to compensate the weak taste, and that can also make the coffee bitter.
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It's dark but not the least bit bitter, it is soooo smooth.
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