Food - Drink
Why Alton Brown Adds Salt To His Coffee
If you're a morning java drinker, you probably have your coffee to cream and sugar ratios down to a science. After all, that cup of joe is what fuels your morning, right? Whether you enjoy a light, medium, or dark roasted blend, we're sure you probably haven't tried coffee Alton Brown's way.
The famous chef has a unique method for brewing a pot of java that cuts the acidity and gives the warm beverage a smoother taste. As Brown says, “research has proven that salt is actually better at neutralizing bitterness than sugar,” and it doesn’t take much, only a quarter teaspoon of salt for every six tablespoons of coffee grounds.
Brown tells us, "Not only does salt cut the bitterness of coffee, but it also smooths out the 'stale' taste of tank-stored water.” A smoother cup of joe may require less sugar and cream, leading to a lower-calorie caffeinated jolt, too. So if your coffee is acidic and bitter, enjoy your cup of joe sans sugar and cream, Alton Brown style.