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Jan 18, 2010 11:00 AM

Coffee + Salt

Anyone else put salt in their coffee?

Not in the grinds, but the actual brewed coffee.

I've found that with a dash of salt, a Starbucks brew is actually bearable, and my coffee brewed at home is fantastic.

Just curious ...

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  1. Yes! I saw Alton Brown put a pinch of salt in his coffee on a Good Eats episode. I tried it in my coffee at work (which is also Starbucks) and it was greatly improved. I don't bother with salting coffee at home though. Hub roasts our beans and his coffee is always delicious.

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    1. re: Auriana

      Interesting. I'm also a long time home roaster. Is it only burned coffee that's improved by salt?

      1. re: unburnt

        No, I don't believe so.

        I started adding a pinch of salt to my home brew and it improved the complexion of the coffee significantly.

        I suppose it's the same principle or rationale for adding salt to things like fruit (e.g. pineapples, melons, etc.) and baked desserts (e.g. chocolate chip cookies). It acts like a flavor enhancer.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Makes sense. I always add a pinch of sugar for the same reason.

          Just tried salt. No worse certainly. Better? Requires a double blind test, I think.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            We Asians often eat our fruits (especially the more acidic ones, like citrus, unripe mango, unripe guava, etc.) with salt, or a mix of salt and red pepper.

            Also, one puts a pinch of salt into Vietnamese iced coffee (chicory coffee with sweetened condensed milk). I've heard that places adds a drop or two of fish sauce instead of salt.

            1. re: aqn

              My mom salts all her fruits -- ripe, or not.

              Watermelon, melons, grapefruit, pineapple, mangoes, etc.

      2. 85 Degrees Cafe (In Taiwan and Irvine) serves a signature drink that's basically an iced latte with some sea salt whipped cream floating on top. It's overpriced, but really pretty good.

        1. How much salt do you use? I'm going to try it tomorrow morning.

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          1. re: chaffner

            In an 8 oz cup, probably a shake (or two) of the salt shaker.

          2. I always put it in the grinds but never tried it in the cup. Do you add cream/sugar as well?

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            1. I don't add salt but I make my coffee with deep well water. However, I once knew a guy who swore by salting and peppering the ground coffee in the filter before he ran the coffeemaker