Why Does My Coffee Taste Salty?

Nearly everyone who enjoys coffee has tried a variety of roasts and blends.

Most coffee drinkers have had the opportunity to experience a wide range of roasts and blends. If your coffee is salty, it's something you're aware of. 

That coffee has a strange taste and leaves you with a nasty taste in your mouth.

  • Salty Water

Bad and salty coffee can be caused by a variety of factors.

The first explanation for the saltiness of your coffee is that it was made with salty water. Additionally, the coffee may be under-extracted, resulting in a saline flavor.

  • Under-extraction

Under-extraction might cause your coffee to taste salty. When not enough water is utilized during the brewing process, the coffee becomes under extracted. Another explanation is that coarse beans are used in coffee manufacturing. In addition, if the coffee maker is faulty, the coffee will be under-extracted.

  • The wrong temperature was set.

Another possibility is that you are using the incorrect water temperature. A temperature of 205 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal for most coffee preparations in almost all scenarios. The temperature ensures that all of the important oils and chemicals are properly extracted, resulting in the desired coffee flavor.

If you combine really high temperatures, it will result in over-extraction, which will result in bitter coffee as a result. If you utilize very low temperatures, on the other hand, you will have under extraction, which will result in weakly flavored coffee.

  • Coffee Beans That Aren't Very Good

There are a variety of reasons why coffee can taste strange all of a sudden. One of the primary reasons is the use of substandard coffee beans. Keep in mind that if you store your coffee beans for an extended period of time, they may grow bad and have a salty taste. Aside from that, if coffee is not stored in the proper conditions, the final flavor will be compromised.

  • Use better coffee beans

To eliminate salty coffee, use finer coffee beans. More flavorful coffee beans have a bigger surface. The finer beans will also pack firmly in the paper filter, requiring more water to soak and extract flavor.

If you can't locate finer coffee beans, try grinding fresh coffee beans in a decent burr grinder.

The coffee has been improperly roasted.
Roasting is an extremely important step in the production of coffee. If you utilize a low-quality roasting machine, the roasting process will be inefficiently carried out, resulting in a sour taste in the finished product.

  • How to Store Coffee

The way you store your coffee affects its flavor. If you store it in a damp area, it will turn sour or salty. So keep coffee cool and dry. Keep it in an airtight container to avoid moisture infiltration.

  • Water that is too salty or too hard

You're making coffee with water that's too salty or too hard. When making coffee, it is recommended that you use distilled water because it does not interfere with the natural flavor of the coffee you create.

  • A Coffee Machine that is filthy

It is also possible that your coffee machine or grinder is unclean. A soiled machine will have an adverse effect on the taste of the coffee. It is critical that you clean your machine on a regular basis in order to remove any dirt or debris that may have accumulated and harmed the quality of your coffee.

  • Sour coffee can be caused by a coffee maker that:
  1. does not boil enough water,
  2. using a coffee bean grind that is too coarse, or
  3. using a coffee machine that is malfunctioning.

Additionally, adding certain tastes to your coffee can give it a sour flavor. As a result, it's critical to double-check all of the flavors you use in your coffee. Remove any that may give your coffee a sour taste.

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In 2010, we started getting enquiries on restaurant marketing and we start to help food and beverage brands with their marketing. Below are campaigns and events that we have done over the years: 

OCM's campaigns: F&B Marketing Ideas by OCM 

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Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with. 

Since then, we have also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of these modules are still running in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes, below are some snippets of our lectures and workshops: 

OCM’s F&B workshops: Food and Beverage Marketing Lectures | Workshops - click to watch classes on customer journey map, JTBD and more. 

So, if you are looking for industry practitioners to help you scale your coffee or F&B businesses, do drop us a message or book an appointment. Do also check out our various social media platforms on regular F&B and coffee market updates: 

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