Bitter Vs. Sour Coffee – What’s the Cause?

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When you sit down to brew your morning cup of coffee, the taste of that brew is probably one of the most important aspects of that cup. And unfortunately, many coffee drinkers have trouble brewing coffee that has a pleasant taste – particularly those who enjoy bitter coffee. Why is bitter coffee so bitter? And why do some coffee drinkers find coffee tastes sour even when it’s brewed correctly even for camping in an SHTF situation? To answer these questions and more, read on!

Where Does Coffee Come From?

Coffee does not grow from growing plants but is actually a seed grown in Africa. The bean that we drink was first discovered by an Ethiopian woman named Kaldi who brewed it up as a refreshment for her king.

How Preparation Affects Your Coffee’s Taste

If you’re looking for a cup of coffee that’s bitter and sour, you’re in for a tough time. The bitterness comes from the coffee bean’s acidity, while sourness comes from the coffee bean’s bitterness. However, there is a difference between bitter and sour coffee – and it has to do with preparation. bitter coffee is brewed with hot brewing water that is not boiled, while sour coffee is brewed with boiling water. Be sure to use sugar or sweetener only if you like a sweeter cup of joe! And finally, avoid pre-ground coffee because the oils have been removed, which can affect the flavor of your drink. brewing coffee using fresh beans is the best way to get the perfect cup of coffee every time!

Freshness and Quality Problems

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks around the world, and for good reason – it’s delicious. However, like anything else in life, there are bound to be some problems along the way. When it comes to coffee brewing methods and bean quality, bitter flavors will generally result. In order to get a rich taste with no bitterness whatsoever, always use high-quality beans that have been ground correctly. Furthermore, coffee should be freshly ground every time you brew it – grinder settings that are too coarse will produce an inferior flavor profile. Finally, make sure the beans you plan on storing away are vacuum sealed or stored at a cool and dry place; old beans will taste sour once again.

Grind Size

When brewing coffee, it is important to adjust the grind size accordingly. This will help you achieve a taste that suits your own preferences. If you’re looking for a milder taste, go for a finer grind while if you want stronger coffee with more bitterness, use a coarser grind. Experimenting with different grinder settings can lead to better tasting coffee every time!

Under Extraction Or Over Extraction

Extracting coffee bean oils and flavors can result in over-extraction while leaving them in the bean results in under-extraction. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to how they want their coffee flavored and this is ultimately down to personal taste. Although there is no “correct” way of extracting your coffee, following a method that’s been proven time and again will produce better tasting beans overall. This might involve using a very fine grinder or soaking the beans for several hours before brewing. Experiment until you find what works best for you!

Water Temperature

It’s important to keep the water temperature in check when brewing coffee. Boil it first if you’re unsure of the temperature, and experiment with different brewing methods to find what suits your taste best. If coffee is too bitter or sour for your liking, use fewer grounds or try a milder flavor by using cold water instead of hot.

How Grind Size Affects Your Cup of Coffee

There are a few things you need to know about coffee grind size if you want to get the most flavor out of your cup. As it turns out, brewing coffee with a finer grind yields a richer cup of coffee while one that is over-ground can lead to bitterness and sourness. Since water cannot properly penetrate into beans when they are ground too finely, less flavor will be extracted from them. In addition, over-grinding can also cause grounds to clump together which leads to extraction problems as well as bitterness and sourness in your brew. If these symptoms sound like they would negatively affect your taste buds, it might be best not to go ahead with making those fine coffee bean grinds! Instead, opt for something coarser so that all the flavor gets released into your cup instead of just being masked by unwanted flavors or bitterness.

The Final Word On Acidic vs Bitter Coffee

If you’re ever in doubt about whether your coffee is sour or bitter, the best way to find out is to add a spoonful of sugar to the coffee and see if that fixes the problem. Acidity creates sour flavors and can be caused by many factors – including too much water or milk added to the coffee, high levels of sugar, or poor-quality beans. Bitter coffee is caused by over-roasting the beans, which results in bitterness. Make sure to store coffee properly so it doesn’t spoil – either in an airtight container or at room temperature (not refrigerated). Now that you know the difference, drink up and enjoy a cup of bitter or sour coffee that’s perfect for your taste!


So, what’s the difference between bitter and sour coffee – what’s the cause? In this blog, we discuss how preparation affects coffee’s taste and the final word on acidic vs bitter coffee. By the end of the blog, you will have a better understanding of how bitter and sour coffee taste and know the difference between the two.

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