Step away from the sugar. Drop the sweetener packets. Hands off the heavy cream. Taming an out-of-control bitter cup of coffee doesn’t have to mean inflating the calorie count. Just ask someone to pass the salt.
We know it sounds crazy, but the classic condiment can also work wonders in your morning mug of joe. It’s also worth noting that a strong cup of coffee doesn’t have to be bitter; coffee connoisseurs actually treat bitterness as a defect in the morning elixir, according to Quartz. Salt acts on coffee to release sodium ions, which a Nature study found helps suppress the bitterness.
Before you empty packets of the stuff into your espresso, you should know that we’re talking about a pinch mixed into a pot or the grounds before you brew.
If you’re not up for the leap from sugar to salt quite yet--or you're watching your salt intake--try swapping your mug. Drinkers rated coffee significantly less sweet and more intense when sipped from a white mug than a blue or translucent glass mug in a recent study published in Flavour.
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