Why can’t I make good coffee?

I love coffee. I love the smell of it, I love the taste of it, I love the experience of coffee – heat of the hot mug in my hand, the strong richness of a good brew in the mouth.

But these things happen only when I go out. When I try to make coffee at home? Woody-tasting disaster, no matter how many or how few scoops I use. What in blazes am I doing wrong?

3 thoughts on “Why can’t I make good coffee?”

  1. I am in the same boat!! No matter how I do it, my coffee is nothing like I can make at work. At home my coffee leaves a lot (and I mean a lot) to be desired. Please let me know if you got an answer to Why Can’t I Make A Good Cup Of Coffee????????

  2. I so wish I had definitive answers for you. My own skills seem to be improving somewhat, but the ol’ trial and error god is still in full effect. Here are a couple of things I’ve been picking up from friends:
    1) Of course, you must have good coffee. Find a coffee shop or grocery store where you can buy in bulk, and experiment with different varieties. Ask baristas for recommendations.
    2) It’s all about the grind. Drip coffee, espresso, etc., all need different grinds. I think – could be totally off her, Diginhalation? – but for espresso makers, the grind should be about the consistency of sand? Erm…
    3) It’s all about the tamp. Not too hard (so the water stays in too long), not too soft (so the water pour through too quickly). One of the biggest trial and error components.
    4) Add a bit of salt. Seriously. At the House of Loonies the other day, Tim was making drip coffee, and he added a coupla dashes of salt. Just like food, it enhances the flavor of coffee too.
    I hope that helps – just keep at it, and you’ll get it!

  3. Hi, I have the same problem. For years I have made good coffee using different types of coffee makers, percolators etc and different coffees. I have use well water (with sulfur in it) and town water and water filtered through my refrigerator.
    In the last 3 years, I have not been able to make good coffee. I live in town now and the water is filtered. I have tried the “dash of salt” but even that doesn’t improve the taste. My husband loves coffee and doesn’t complain. I just don’t drink it at home anymore and have turned to tea.
    Thank goodness for Tim Horton.


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