Why Does My Coffee Suck?

A fresh cup of coffee is one of life’s few pleasures before 8 a.m. If you, like us, are only motivated to get out of bed by the siren call of your first cup, that cup shouldn’t suck. We firmly believe that you can and should be able to make top-notch brews in the comfort of your own home.

Not sure where your coffee is going wrong? We’ve outlined a few common mistakes that lead to a disappointing cup of coffee, so you can avoid them the next time you brew.

Your Water Isn’t Hot Enough

When you brew coffee at the right temperature, it is sweeter, fuller, and balanced. Even five to ten degrees is enough to make your cup taste off. When the water you’re using to brew your coffee isn’t hot enough, there may be a few issues.

First, you may have old, cheap, or otherwise low-quality equipment. A lot of poorly-made drip brewers can’t sufficiently heat water for a great cup of coffee.

Second, impatience can come into play. If you’re using a kettle and the water is not quite boiling when you pour it over your grounds, your water isn’t hot enough.

To make sure your water is the right temperature, bring it to a rolling boil and then pour over the grounds. If you’re using a machine, consider investing in one that can consistently bring the water up to the right temperature — it’s worth it.

Your Ground Coffee Is Stale

Buying ground coffee is convenient and easy. It can also be a gamble. Unfortunately, big brands don’t always roast, grind, and ship their product with urgency. This is bad news because once beans are ground, their fragile oils are exposed to air, kick-starting the break-down process.

Brewing coffee using old beans with rancid coffee oils makes for an unpleasant, sour cup. You can avoid this by either grinding your own beans or choosing the right-sized coffee subscription from Regular Coffee. We roast and grind our beans fresh and ship it to your door lickety-split, so you never have to suffer through stale beans again.

You Don't Measure Your Coffee

We’re all for improvisation, but when it comes to making coffee, we measure our grounds and our water; sucky coffee is often the result of not measuring. You could have the best coffee in the world and brew a terrible cup simply because you didn’t properly measure your beans or your water.

The golden ratio of coffee-to-water is one tablespoon of ground coffee to six ounces of water. You can adjust this to suit your taste (two tablespoons per six ounces will also make for a tasty cup). If you’re really serious about your ratio, you can use a kitchen scale: you’ll want 1.5 ounces of coffee for four cups.

Your Coffee Beans Aren’t That Good

Not every coffee bean is created equally. Over-roasting burns coffee beans, imparting a burnt, flat flavor in your coffee. Low-quality beans or blends that include Robusta beans offer a less-complex flavor and are generally more acidic. Stale beans, as we discussed, make your coffee sour. In the sad event that your coffee is all three — burned, low-quality, and stale — making a good cup of coffee is just about impossible.

Regular Coffee: Great Coffee That Doesn’t Suck

We want you to have a good time, especially when it comes to coffee. Small changes, like brewing with water at the right temperature and using up your coffee stash before it goes stale, are great places to start. However, there’s not much you can do to transform bad coffee into good.

At Regular Coffee, we take pride in what we do. We source 100% Arabica beans from Colombia and roast and ship with urgency. So when you get your monthly delivery of Regular Coffee, you can rest assured it’s as fresh and delicious as coffee can get with no frills and no fuss. We’d love to help you ensure you’ll never have to drink bad coffee again. To try our coffee or start a subscription, just fill out our quick and easy order form, and we’ll take care of you.

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