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Weird Ways to make Better Coffee

Updated on September 11, 2015
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Some of the stranger ways to make better coffee, that just might work!

We've done some weird things to both beverages in general as well as how we source our beans.

But what about after the coffee gets to our house? Do the tools we use change its flavor? Is there anything we can add or change to make it better?

The answer is a resounding "YES!"

23 Karat Gold Coffee Filter
23 Karat Gold Coffee Filter

Try a Gold Filter

Instead of your standard paper filter, try a gold filter.

Real 23 karat gold, not gold "tone," which is code for "fake." Similar to cubit zirconia compared to a real diamond.

The reason is simple. Coffee that flows through a paper filter tastes like...paper. Additionally, any of the essential oils of the coffee can get trapped in that absorbent paper filter.

Gold is non-reactive, and will not change the flavor of your coffee like a paper, or even other metal filters can.

Gold filters are also re-usable and dishwasher safe. So they are green too!

Salt
Salt | Source

Add salt

Salt is kind of an odd things to think to add to coffee, but I have tried it and it works! I added it to an already smooth coffee, and it was almost too smooth (if that is possible).

The mechanism of how salt masks the bitterness is not really understood right now. It might be a short-circuit on the way to our brain, or some other explanation. Salted chocolate and salted caramel have become popular lately. Guess what? it works for coffee too. A nice celtic sea salt should do the trick.

You can either sprinkle it on your grounds, or even right into your coffee. Not too much! Just a pinch, or even a few crystals should do it. You don't want salty coffee, just a little smoother.

Sources: Salt Trumps Bitter

Interview of Chris Young, coffee lover and expert

Use butter

I first read about this a while ago, and thought it was really an odd suggestion. I was doing the keto diet and still am now, so milk wasn't a great option for me. I usually used heavy cream. But I was willing to give this a shot.

Tasty, savory. I was salivating. About a tablespoon. Adjust to taste, of course.

Now, my source says that salted coffee is a crime. I disagree, and think of it as a tool you use when needed. He also recommends MCT oil, grass-fed butterm and specialized coffee. I didn't do all that, just used regular old butter. My local supermarket does stock Kerrygold butter, which I would like to give a try. Don't buy it online though, it is too expensive to ship.

Source: Bulletproof Exec

What's your coffee trick?

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      RHKnight 4 years ago

      Fascinating about the gold filter, I had never heard the likes of it! I knew about salt and butter from watching a travel show telling about their journey while in Ethiopia. I have yet to try it, but reading your reviews of the methods makes me both more curious and bolder in considering trying it now.

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      musicproduction 4 years ago

      I've honestly never considered butter in my coffee lol. Interesting.

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing all the informative details here. I had so much fun learning and reading. I always thought that there is a trick in the roasting process that is a great secret...

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      I've added salt to cut bitterness and butter is wonderful as well. Loved it!

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      Karen 4 years ago from U.S.

      My father used a gold filter, and I remember he thought his coffee tasted better that way. I haven't thought about that for a long time! I also will try a little salt in my coffee tomorrow morning. I'll do a "before and after" taste test.

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      Devin Gustus 4 years ago

      @Lorelei Cohen: Cool coincidence!

      What brand are you guys using?

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      This is a funny article to run into today because yesterday I visited my sister and her coffee was so good! I asked her what brand she was using and it was the same as mine but in a dark roast. (I'm buying it my next shopping trip lol.) Then this morning I started to wonder if her trick was to add salt to the pot as I remember we used to do that years ago. Then I see that little trick written here.

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      Devin Gustus 4 years ago

      @Susan Zutautas: I've only done it a couple times. About a tablespoon. Let it melt and mix. Or use a blender and get it really nice and creamy!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I use a gold filter and do use salt depending on the coffee. How do you use the butter? And how much butter do you use?