Should I Add Salt to My Coffee Grounds?

Should I Add Salt to My Coffee Grounds?

Faith Durand
Nov 9, 2010

Q: I was told that adding a pinch of salt into the coffee grounds before brewing it will enhance the taste of the coffee.

Is this true or just an old wives' tale?

Sent by I'Ching

Editor: I'Ching, what an interesting question! Coffee and salt seem like they wouldn't mix well, but I did some reading, and it seems like many people add a pinch of salt to their coffee to counteract bitterness. Here are a couple of in-depth discussions about it:

Coffee with Salt - at Chowhound
Salt in coffee at eGullet
A pinch of salt for your coffee, Sir? at Khymos

I think I am up for trying this. Readers, do you do this?


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