Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist, with degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies.
From distasteful to delightful
I have a simple, traditional coffee maker where you use a filter for the ground mixture then add water. I began noticing that on occasions I could not stomach the taste of my home-brewed java. There were a few times where I actually felt sick on the stomach after drinking a cup of homemade Joe. I found that no matter which brand I used, I eventually got tired of it and it seemed to lose its taste. I would then alternate between getting senior discounted coffee at Burger King, McDonald's, Hardees, or local convenience stores which became pretty pricey. I noticed that each of these establishments had coffee with a distinctly different taste. The idea came to me one day of ways that I could change the taste of the coffee I made myself and save money in the process. Now my coffee no longer becomes distasteful but every single day, each cup is now so delightful.
Clean your pot often
One thing that can cause coffee to taste bad is if the pot is not clean. This often happened on a job I worked years ago. The coffee would have a strong scent and taste as if it sat overnight. If you are using a traditional coffee maker, be sure to clean it as often as possible. Put a few drops of dish detergent in the part where the water goes, then fill it up with H20 and allow it to flow through the system. Next, fill it up two more times to make sure all the detergent is gone. Be sure to clean the glass container and scrub it with a steel wool pad or a baby bottle brush. It's easy to become so busy that you make pot after pot and forget to wash everything, but the cleaner the parts, the fresher your java will be.
Variety is the spice of life
Begin purchasing different brands of coffee and creamer to add variety. I try to have at least three different brands of coffee on hand at all times. I have used store brands as well as Dunkin Donuts, Green Mountain Roast, Folgers, and Maxwell House. Your taste buds may be different from mine so you can purchase whatever tastes best to you. . It took a while to collect all of these varieties but it was worth it. I use them separately or mix two or three together to come up with a different flavor. I also have powdered coffee creamer, liquid creme, and sometimes use milk. There are times I use regular coffee, dark roast, and or decaf. I often mix these together as well. I alternate between stevia, cane sugar, or agave nectar as sweeteners. At times I mix them up. This keeps me from being bored with the taste of my morning Joe and also saves a lot of money. I know I could purchase one of the types of coffee makers where you put in the small containers of various flavors and perhaps someday I might. Right now I am comfortable with my traditional way of making coffee and enjoying the methods I am using to make my coffee taste different almost every day. It's truly like going to a different establishment, without even leaving my home.
Coffee health benefits
Coffee has a number of health benefits when you drink it in moderation. That cup of Joe is said to be able to improve your alertness and all over mood, reduce the risk of heart disease, and type two diabetes. Coffee is also said to be beneficial for decreasing the risk of some cancers including colon, uterine, and liver. According to Harvard Medical School, java can also reduce the risk of cirrhosis, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's disease. A study done in November 2015 in Circulation revealed that coffee consumption was associated with an 8% to 15% decrease in the risk of death. My grandma drank a cup of coffee every day for my entire life. She did have some health issues and was overweight, but lived to age 91. She also had a sound mind and was learning to use Myspace.I drink 2 or 3 cups a day and have even had a cup at night. Some people cannot sleep after drinking java but it does not bother me.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Cheryl E Preston
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on October 14, 2020:
Thank you for reading.
Amy on October 14, 2020:
Interesting article and indeed great ideas for coffee lovers. Thanks for sharing.
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on October 06, 2020:
I prefer tea as well but enjoy my morning coffee. Thank you for writing.
Helna on October 06, 2020:
I prefer tea over coffee. You have given good information. Thanks for sharing.
Sp Greaney from Ireland on October 05, 2020:
I have the pod coffee machine which is fine but I find the coffee from an actual coffee maker tastes a lot nicer. Definitely cleaning it on a regular basis is important.