Short Answer: Yes, coffee is yummy if you know how to make a proper cup.
Coffee tastes slightly bitter, earthly, and sweet but that depends on the type of beans you use and how you brew your drink.
I think coffee is so well-loved because it provides you with the caffeine buzz you need to get through the day.
Aside from the caffeine boost, there are many other factors that make coffee taste nice and appealing to consumers.
I guess the most common question is – why does everyone like coffee so much even though it is bitter?
Well, you’ll find out as we go along. So, keep reading until the end!
What Does Coffee Taste Like?
Generally speaking, coffee tastes bitter, sweet, salty, and herby depending on the type of beans used and its brewing method.
For instance, the essence of each variety of beans will have a strong influence on how your coffee tastes.
Coffee beans originate from all over the world. You will find that flavor profiles will depend on the region from which your coffee is harvested which will get to as we go along.
There’s also the extent to which you will roast your coffee beans that will determine the taste.
Taste qualities of the coffee beans, whether juicy and flowery or deep and earthy, are enhanced in gently roasted coffees. Medium roasts are darker and have a more roasted flavor, whereas dark roasts are smoky, bitter, and earthy.
Depending on your preferences, you should also explore alternative brewing techniques.
So let’s discuss the factors that will significantly impact how your coffee tastes when you’re making it.
Why is Coffee So Yummy?
While taste is subjective, most people find coffee delicious due to its natural taste and probably due to the additives.
A good cup of coffee consists of natural sweetness balanced with acidity and complimented with its rich aroma which makes it more delicious.
Also, the aroma is very important to me. I’d like to walk into my kitchen or a coffee shop with a strong aroma that’s inviting me to taste coffee.
I think caffeine in coffee is also something that makes you feel good when you drink or smell this beverage because it makes your brain think that it is yummy.
After all, caffeine is the most widely used psychostimulant, so it’s only natural that we’d learn that its existence is indicated by a taste, even if it’s not especially pleasant.
As a result, the effects of tasting coffee may add to its experience rather than the actual taste of the beverage.
Let’s see what factors determine the taste of your cuppa.
Factors That Will Determine How Delicious Your Cup of Coffee Is:
To make a great cup of coffee, I always consider these factors to getting that perfect taste which are:
- coffee to water ratio
- brewing time
Now, let me explain further!
The extraction time is closely linked to the size of your grind. You have to increase the surface area of your coffee by grinding it to perfection to shorten the time it takes for components to be extracted.
Coffee made from finely grounded beans is often bitter and potent. You won’t be able to extract enough compounds if the beans aren’t well ground. You need extraction to occur at a rate that produces the ideal taste and fragrance.
We can, of course, extract unground coffee if we have enough time.
However, this is a waste of coffee beans since the hot water may not penetrate all the way to the bean’s core; thus, we discard the substance that cannot be extracted.
The optimal grind (coarseness) is somewhere in the middle, where the hot water’s residence duration (flow rate) across the ground coffee beans matches the desired caffeine/volatile oil/organic acid ratio.
The coffee-to-water ratio is also another factor that determines the taste of your cup of coffee.
If you use too little coffee, the brew will be weak, and if you use too much coffee, the drink will be bitter.
So, make sure to measure the amount of coffee you use for each pot to optimize your brewing method.
According to most experts, the coffee-to-water ratio should be around 10 g of coffee to 200 ml of hot water. About 15 g, give or take a gram or two, is one heaping tablespoon.
Another factor is brewing time.
You shouldn’t extract coffee too long because it will make it bitter. You shouldn’t extract it for too little time either because the caffeine level will increase losing its fragrance, flavor, and bitterness.
And these are the reasons why brewing time is essential!
Keep in mind that brewing temp should be between 196 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
Why Do We Love Coffee When it is so Bitter?
Caffeine is the reason why you love the taste of coffee despite the bitterness.
Despite the fact that coffee’s bitter flavor should ideally evoke a negative reaction when consumed, it is still a crowd favorite.
In other words, those who are more sensitive to the bitter taste of caffeine are more likely to be big coffee drinkers.
So, the stimulating effects of caffeine are the main reason why everyone loves coffee despite the bitter taste.
What Does Coffee Smell Like?
The smell of coffee can differ from light and fruity to burned and roasted, depending on the roast of coffee beans. Plus, the majority of coffee will have a mild caramelized, almost nutty aroma.
Over 800 distinct compounds are created during the roasting process of coffee. Sugar and proteins are decomposed in these heat degradation processes, resulting in the volatile compounds we smell.
The majority of these reactions occur within the coffee bean cells’ thick walls, which behave as small pressure chambers. However, not all of these 800 compounds produce the same response in your nose’s olfactory membrane.
According to experiments, the discharge of saliva can alter the olfactory experience, with the effects varying according to the brewing technique.
Furthermore, it has been claimed that bigger sips of coffee cause a greater release of fragrance.
Aroma patterns are also influenced by the degree of roasting.
According to research, lighter roasts maintain herb and fruit tones, whereas darker roasts add smoky and burnt scents and decrease acidity.
What Makes Other Coffee Brands Taste Different?
The origin of the beans is certainly a significant factor in why coffee tastes different across varying brands.
The two primary varieties of coffee grown inside the coffee bean belt, arabica, and robusta, account for more than 98 percent of all coffee produced globally and both have considerably different tastes.
Coffee beans are seeds found within the coffee cherry, which is the coffee plant’s fruit. Coffee cherries contain sugar since they are fruits.
The sugar in the coffee cherry fruit gives sweetness to the beans as it ripens and allowing the coffee cherries to completely mature is critical for producing the finest coffee beans.
A cup of coffee made from under-ripe cherries lacks sweetness.
Different brands offer variations in tastes because it depends on where they are sourcing coffee beans and how they are processed.
For instance, Colombia is typically linked with high-quality coffee, and for a good reason, the country is the world’s third-largest producer and importer of raw beans.
Is Coffee Actually Good for You?
Coffee, taken in moderation, is actually good for your health!
According to a comprehensive analysis published in the British Medical Journal on coffee intake and human health, coffee is associated with multiple health benefits.
After reviewing more than 200 evaluations of prior research, the scientists discovered that moderate coffee drinkers had reduced cardiovascular illness and premature mortality from all causes, including heart attacks and strokes.
According to Dr. Giuseppe Grosso, an assistant professor of human nutrition at the University of Catania in Italy and the lead author of an umbrella review in the Annual Review of Nutrition, the potential benefit from coffee could be due to polyphenols, which are plant compounds with antioxidant properties.
As is the case of all kinds of consumption, drinking coffee should not be leading to overconsumption or addiction.
Coffee includes chlorogenic acid and N-alkanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamine, among other acids, which cause stomach acid production.
The acidic components may further trigger damage in the digestive tract which may result in belching, bloating, and other stomach discomforts. These are the symptoms of caffeine sensitivity and cutting down on your coffee intake is a wise thing to do.
According to studies, coffee drinkers may have an 11 percent reduced chance of getting type 2 diabetes than non-drinkers due to chemicals in coffee that can change levels of hormones involved in metabolism.
Still, you should stick to the recommended intake to avoid adverse effects.
Is Coffee Good to Drink?
Coffee is a great drink to have if you love its taste!
Not only are the components in coffee beneficial to your health, as I mentioned earlier, but it also has caffeine.
Caffeine in coffee also helps you feel less fatigued, raises your energy levels, burns fat by jump-starting your body’s metabolism, and improves productivity and brain function.
It’s certainly a good drink to have!
Which is the Best Coffee Drink?
There is no definitive answer in terms of taste, and different people may like their cup of coffee in various ways.
Here are amongst my top picks for the best coffee drinks:
Espresso is by far the most popular coffee beverage worldwide which is made by pushing almost boiling water through finely-ground, precisely roasted coffee beans in a machine.
The espresso brewing process produces a single or double shot of fragrant, strong, rich, highly caffeinated drink with a coating of cream on top.
I prefer a double shot for a stronger caffeine kick!
Cappucino is an espresso-based drink made with steamed milk foam – that’s how the Italians make it.
But outside Italy, cappuccino is a coffee drink that is typically prepared using an espresso machine. Basically, you have to pour the espresso into the bottom of the cup followed by heated milk which creates a frothy effect on top.
I normally pour the same amount of espresso, steam milk, and foam on my cappuccino to get the perfect taste!
If you don’t want something that’s too powerful or bitter, lattes are a great option.
The caffeine in a cup of latte is lower compared to espresso or coffee because it is diluted with steamed milk. It can be made with any type of milk or milk replacement.
I use whole milk for my latte. I believe it has the right amount of proteins, fats, sugar, and water to create a microfoam that’s not creamy.
For the perfect latte, the proper espresso-to-milk ratio is 1/3 espresso to 2/3 steamed milked, with a very thin layer of milk froth on top.
Watch this video if you’re interested to make your own cappuccino, mocha, and chai espresso at home. Enjoy!
If you’re looking for different recipes for ground coffee, click here!
After taking everything into account, I’d say coffee is definitely a yummy and healthy drink.
Everyone’s description of how coffee tastes or is yummy is subjective but one thing is certain it is definitely a good drink to have any time of the day.
I’d say a good cup of coffee is flavorful and fragrant, with the right amount of sweetness and acidity.
Balance is the mark of a good cup of coffee. And to achieve the balance you must learn to prepare coffee with passion considering temperature, brewing time, grind, and the coffee-to-water ratio.
With the balanced taste, you’ll get the right flavor in terms of bitterness, acidity, and caffeine level making your cup of coffee more aromatic and distinctive in terms of smell.
So, you better learn how to make your cuppa with love and passion!
Good luck making one and may you have the yummiest coffee ever!