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Am I the only adult in America who doesn't like coffee?

Growing up in the San Francisco area I remember crossing the bay bridge on foggy mornings with the smell of the Coffee Roasting Plant drifting up from under the bridge at the San Francisco end. Rich, full, luxuriant, coffee smells like chocolate tastes. Unfortunately for me the taste of coffee has none of the depth, the subtleties, the scope that the smell has. I only taste one flavor. Bitter.

It doesn't matter how much milk or sugar I add, it doesn't matter if it has been turned into a rich dessert like tiramisu or a coffee candy, or coffee ice cream. The bitterness is pervasive. Not a light bitterness that can lend an interesting edge to a dish. No, this is a medicinal level of bitterness, like drinking a beverage brewed from aspirin.

And it's not just 'cheap' coffee. I live in Hawaii, I've had really really good coffee. I've had light roast, medium roast, dark roast, French roast. Fresh ground, course ground, fine ground. I've had coffee with no film on the surface of the cup to coffee that looked like it had an oil slick on it.

I've had instant coffee, coffee machine coffee, k-cup coffee, percolator coffee, thai coffee, vietnamese coffee, espresso, mocha, latte, etc. So lets not get into the "but you have never had the coffee at Demel's in Vienna or whatever (actually I did try coffee with pastry at Demel's in Vienna, I didn't like it, ruined the delicate flavor of the pastry.)

I'm not interested in learning to love coffee - I'm fully aware of what I'm missing. I'm just wondering if I'm the only one who doesn't like the stuff.

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  1. You are not alone. I don't like coffee. It doesn't matter how much sugar or cream goes in, I still do not like the basic coffeeness of coffee.

    1. Well, there's at least one other - my brother. His dimwit kindergarten teacher (1975) told my mom to give him a big cup of black coffee each morning so he'd be better at paying attention. He hated it and hasn't touched it since the first grade:)

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        1. re: KrumTx

          Couldn't be any worse than all the pills people are giving their kids to 'pay attention'.

          1. re: KrumTx

            This isn't a crazy idea. For some kids that are naturally ramped up, caffeine actually has the opposite effect that it has in the rest of us. It calms them down.

            1. re: NotLucky

              Yep. When I was diagnosed with ADHD (just called hyperactivity disorder then) as a child in the early 70s, the doctor prescribed coffee for me. It worked. I was calmer and more focused until it wore off.

              1. re: Isolda

                I have Aspergers and drinking coffee relaxes me. It only last a few hours but it does work.

                I know 2 people in my immediate family that hate coffee so you're definitely not alone.

            2. re: KrumTx

              The teacher was not really such a dimwit.

              Caffeine can alleviate attention and focus difficulties, though it is less effective than prescription stimulant medications. For properly diagnosed people, stimulants activate impulse control and focus neurotransmitters in the brain (like stimulating the brakes on a runaway car).

              Lots of people "self medicate" with coffee and colas.

              The problem was giving a large amount of black coffee, when a milky and sweet latte type drink might have gone down better :)

              1. re: Rasam

                My son's neurologist has suggested the same as that "dimwit" teacher, thought she suggested a hot cup of tea or big glass of iced tea if he doesn't like coffee. It can help him transition in the morning and in the afternoon.

                1. re: foodieX2

                  That'll teach me not to use the word dimwit, and I do agree that coffee/something else is better than prescription drugs in most cases. I suppose my reaction is from my memory of being 8 years old, sitting across the breakfast table from him and watching him try to choke down coffee without crying. (We got in even bigger trouble if we cried). I felt that I could terrorize my little brother all I wanted, but when someone else did something to make him miserable, it was a different story. Feel the same way almost 40 years later:)

                  Thanks for the replies.

                  1. re: KrumTx

                    Oh...that poor little guy...that's a very difficult visual.

                    Did he have any understanding of why he was told to drink the coffee?

            3. Same here.
              I've tried. OH, I've tried.
              I once worked at a place that always had 2 pots on--and almost always fresh. No water fountains. No fridge. And the sink water was terrible unless boiled. I thought I would be able to force myself to endure coffee, since I occasionally felt on the verge of dehydration.
              No luck.

              And, like you, I've had the opportunity to try "the best" from several different cultures, at the source.
              Bitter, bitter, bitt-ahh.

              Before coffee was a trendy thing, it was sort-of okay but now it seems I can't be an educated person if I don't have a range of arguments about the best coffees and if I don't want to hang out and Drink Coffee.

              1. Nothing wrong with not liking coffee.

                Who says you (or anyone) has to like what a lot of other people like.

                I don't like butter or cheese, and I sleep well at night ...

                1. Nope. I love the smell of coffee brewing but am never tempted to drink the stuff. Tried a cup once, black, I was maybe 27yo. It wasn't *horrible*, but I had no desire to repeat the experience. Coffee ice cream is a waste of good dairy. Besides the taste, I have never had much use for hot bev: Tea, even hot chocolate leave me, excuse the expression, cold. Starbucks is a $3 (or $6) a day habit I don't need at all---as though Americans need another excuse to consume sugar!

                  1. There is a gene that determines whether we can taste bitter things. If you also hate tonic water, brussels sprouts and dark beer, that could be the reason.

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                    1. re: NotLucky

                      Isn't it hops that are bitter?
                      I love me a good doppelbock!
                      But, man, that's SWEET, not bitter at all...

                      1. re: Chowrin

                        You are right, It's the hops. Dark Beer doesn't always equal hoppiness. Dopplebocks are more malty, than hoppy. Go for an IPA if you want hoppy.

                      2. re: NotLucky

                        Yeah. To say dark beer is automatically bitter is nonsense. In fact, more lighter beers exhibit high bitterness than darker beers nowadays. In my mind, I'm more likely to assume a beer is malty when it's darker in hue.

                      3. I don't like it either. I don't even like coffee flavored foods.

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                        1. re: juliejulez

                          Yeah I am the same way, I hate coffee.

                        2. I've been trying it again after years of not drinking it. It's not really clicking with me. Who knows what I'll do when my bag of beans empties.

                          1. I tried a sip when I was young and haven't ever been tempted again. Is it really the taste that people enjoy, or just the caffeine? I don't like tea either. I often enjoy the smell, and have given it a good try at times, but am always disappointed in the taste. Cold, hot, with additives, doesn't matter. I get my caffeine cold, from a machine. I wish I liked coffee, like the other grownups!

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                            1. re: halcyon1

                              For me, it's definitely the taste, although I am also addicted to the caffeine and am fairly incoherent in the morning until it's kicked in. When pregnant I weaned myself off the caffeine but I still drank decaf - I just love my morning coffee, though I'm not at all a discerning coffee drinker (I am a self-proclaimed beer snob but coffee whore).

                              I have many adult friends who don't like coffee. You are definitely not the only one. I never saw the appeal and never really liked it but once the husband was out of town for a week and I had a hard time sleeping without him. I brewed a pot after the first sleepless night, then another the next day, and by the end of the week I was hooked - both on the taste and the drug.

                            2. I'm not a huge fan of it. I rarely order it, unless I am under deadline and desperate to stay awake. HOWEVER, I recently went to a very high-end coffee shop in the Denver area that a friend wanted to try. I ordered a latte and drank it with no sugar, just for kicks.

                              ZOMG, it was lovely! It was the perfect complement to the banana bread I was munching on. I was positively shocked by how much I enjoyed it. So now I'm less averse to having a cup, but it better be a really high-quality roast.

                              1. no....our DDIL drinks tea, no coffee

                                1. I thought I read once that only a little more than 50% of Americans start there say with coffee, so you are definitely not alone. It may seem hard to believe because of how pervasive coffee is in our culture but I wouldn't doubt it.

                                  As for me, I grew up in a serious coffee drinking family and love coffee and coffee flavored anything. I roast my own beans, weigh everything in grams, blah blah blah. I would normally argue that bitter coffee is the result of improper brewing (over extraction) but I have an extremely high tolerance for bitterness (Campari, homemade tonic with extra cinchona, absinthe, eating cranberries straight) and I can understand that super sensitive to bitterness palates exist.

                                  Honestly, my dream would be coffee without caffeine. Decaf doesn't taste the same. I drink 2 cups a day of coffee because I love the flavor and caffeine only prevents me from drinking more.

                                  1. My mother loves coffee. Growing up I always thought that once I was an "adult" - an elusive stage that I thought I would hit at 19 or 20 - I would like coffee. I've tried coffee. I've tried it black. I've tried it white. I've tried it decaf. I've tried it flavored. I've tried it iced. I don't like coffee. Love the smell. Really, I'm happiest in a starbucks, sniffing away. Just hate the taste. Curiously, I love coffee ice cream. Coffee cake. Coffee flavoring in barbecue sauces. Just don't like coffee.

                                    1. I do like the aroma of coffee, but not the taste so much. I like it in coffee cookies or hard candies, and I like iced coffee with lots of vanilla whatever in it. I even like coffee ice cream. I just don't care much for a cup of hot coffee. It does smell better than it tastes!

                                      1. I feel less alone now. There are several foods that are somewhat bitter that I don't mind, but yes . . . the really bitter foods are not on my favorite list. Thanks all.

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                                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                                          I'm bitter-sensitive, too. Don't like coffee, although I don't mind mild coffee flavoring. In Hawaii I had coffee-flavored macadamia nuts, which were surprisingly good. I like beer even less than coffee!

                                          1. re: KaimukiMan

                                            I don't like coffee, either. I'm alone in a family of offee drinkers. My boyfriend only drinks it if there is nothing else available and I ave another friend who dislikes it, as well. The smell can be nice, but I refuse to drink it.

                                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                                              Do you really hate tahini? Because that's way more bitter than... good coffee.

                                              [Re: my coffee] Do you like blueberries? How about grapefruit juice?

                                            2. I don't like it at all. I think it smells delicious, but tastes terrible. I will avoid coffee flavored ice cream, chocolates, etc., too. I drink tea, but in general, I prefer cold beverages.

                                              1. "Am I the only adult in America who doesn't like coffee?"

                                                Hardly. Over 3 million American Mormons don't drink it as an article of faith.

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                                                1. Hate the stuff. Hate the taste, hate the smell. Cannot stand anything coffee flavored -- coffee ice cream, coffee candy, etc.

                                                  I don't know what it is. It's not the bitterness because I love bitter green tea.

                                                  And it's definitely not genetic -- my mom thinks a cup of coffee is exactly the right thing to drink before heading off to bed, to say nothing of in the morning and afternoon.

                                                  Also, I tolerate chocolate but I don't love it. Kind of reminds me of coffee

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                                                  1. re: omotosando

                                                    Hot coffee in the morning?.eh, occasionally, with just some skim milk....ANYOTHER TYPE OF COFFEE OR COFFEE FLAVORED ITEMS, CAKES, ICE CREAM, ICED, ETC ....TASTES LIKE CRAP TO ME!!!
                                                    I am a plumber, I help get rid of crap, not consume it!

                                                    Edit:...am not embarrassed to say , I am a grown up too!

                                                    1. re: omotosando

                                                      I like coffee but am not a fan of coffee-flavored foods. They are almost always too sweet.
                                                      I also don't understand those who put 6 packets of sugar and a pint of cream in their morning cup--clearly they don't like the taste of coffee. I take a little milk and maybe a 1/2 tsp of sugar if it's a strong brew.
                                                      If one doesn't like coffee, one should not feel bad about not drinking it.

                                                    2. No; I've worked with several people who don't. Some who like the smell, but not the taste, some who hate both.
                                                      I don't particularly like beer. More for the rest of America, same with you and coffee.

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                                                      1. Don't worry if you don't like coffee. I have the opposite problem. I love a good cup of coffee. I would drink 4-6 cups a day at my peak. Then a few years back, I began to develop some GI issues. Doctor told me to monitor my diet and modify things that caused flare ups. One of those things was coffee. You don't know the sadness of a man who wakes up on a weekend morning and smells the coffee to only realize he can't have it. Oh the pleasure of spending a morning flipping through the paper while slowly sipping a piping hot cup of coffee! It's agonizing when I sit there with my little cup of tea that has none of the aroma or mouth feel. If only I were so lucky as to not like coffee.

                                                        1. I, too, don't like the taste of coffee, and I like most every food and drink I can think of. It smells wonderful, but just doesn't taste good to me. I don't even like coffee ice cream or liqueurs. I love my tea and will just stick to that.

                                                          1. I completely agree. It's nasty stuff despite its heavenly smell. It seems like everybody drinks it, though, and I do feel slightly weird every time I'm forced to admit I despise the evil brew.

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                                                            1. re: Hobbert

                                                              "Forced to admit I despise the evil brew."
                                                              Peer pressure lives, well into our adulthood! I don't drink alcohol at this point in my life, and have gotten used to just putting it out there and letting others figure it out.
                                                              I drink coffee, I love certain brands only, stay away from many brands of popular dishwater. There are "evil brews" even among the range of products that attract coffee fans. Very diverse tastes.
                                                              For the purposes of this thread, my wife loves the smell- I oblige her with that every morning. But she won't drink the stuff. ("Nasty stuff, heavenly smell." Hobbert- you took the words right from my wife.) She does draw the line on anything like caramel flavored coffee. I am banned from drinking it in the car, driving with her; certainly banned from kissing her with caramel-coffee breath. But any stale coffee on someone's breath is another topic for another thread!

                                                              1. re: Florida Hound

                                                                I hear ya! I don't drink alcohol either and there's always a Q and A session about why not. I just don't like it and I'm not going to try your special concoction. Coffee and alcohol seem to be 2 things that people refuse to accept that others just don't like. So frustrating.

                                                            2. No, you are not alone. I'm NOT with you, consuming 6-7 cups a day, BUT my 90+ yo mother has never had her first cup, my 67 yo brother and 64 yo sister have both tried it as teenagers and never had a second cup.
                                                              My ex wife didn't drink it and couldn't even stand the smell. She didn't want it ever to be brewed in the home or served at her table when dining out at a restaurant---one of many reasons she's an ex <VBG>.

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                                                              1. re: bagelman01

                                                                My grandmother only drank tea until late in her life, when she finally gave up waiting for someone to bring her tea at restaurants and functions. She held out for over 65 years!

                                                                1. re: bagelman01

                                                                  <didn't want it ever to be brewed in the home>

                                                                  Wow! I've never heard of anyone not, at least, liking the smell. My husband always comments that he wished it tasted as good as it smells.

                                                                  1. re: latindancer

                                                                    That's how I feel about popcorn.

                                                                    Never tastes as good as it smells.

                                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                      That's interesting. While I like popcorn, I don't care at all for the smell. I only eat the kind that comes in bags.

                                                                      1. re: Jay F

                                                                        and that'd be why. a proper popcorn tastes and smells a good deal like fine basmati rice (I confuse people at work sometimes...)

                                                                          1. re: Jay F

                                                                            The bagged stuff has carcinogenic icky stuff in it.

                                                                            Wabash sells Real Theater Popcorn Oil -- the original stuff with refined coconut oil and real (artificial) butter flavor.

                                                                            Ya know, the stuff they banned way back when for being bad for ya?

                                                                            1. re: Chowrin

                                                                              What about Pittsburgh Popcorn? Is it icky and carcinogenic?


                                                                              1. re: Jay F

                                                                                Possibly. You know, "natural" flavors aren't.

                                                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                                                  I know about "natural" flavors, yes.

                                                                                  1. re: Jay F

                                                                                    Hubby and I call "natural" flavors "beaver butt". As in the anal gland fluid often used to create delicious vanilla flavoring.

                                                                2. I am meh on coffee. I didn't drink it regularly until we were gifted a coffee maker in my late 20s. I stopped making it a while ago, the caffine bothers me.

                                                                  1. You are not alone! I dislike the flavor of coffee, be it in the beverage itself or in ice cream, candy, desserts or any other form. I do not like Ghirardelli chocolate, as to me it has a prominent note of coffee. I don't mind the aroma and I often experience a slight case of leftout-itis when I read about the latest and greatest in coffee beans and equipment. My parents were regular coffee drinkers but strangely enough neither my brother nor I can stand the stuff.

                                                                    1. I hate the taste, the smell, everything about it. But I love my tea in the morning.

                                                                      1. I don't think you need to query here that there are in fact a lot of people who don't like coffee.

                                                                        1. I tasted it once when I was little and thought it tasted like Clorox. I actually haven't tried it since, and have no interest in trying it. I've had coffee-type drinks like iced caramel mocchiattos a couple of times, but if they weren't loaded down with sugar I'm sure I wouldn't be able to drink it. I also don't drink tea though, so people think I'm really weird since I don't drink either hot beverage. They just don't appeal to me.

                                                                          1. You are not the only one. I hate coffee. I hate coffee flavored everything, I hate mocha, what a way to ruin chocolate!

                                                                            1. <I'm just wondering if I'm the only one who doesn't like the stuff.>

                                                                              I can drink coffee just fine, but I won't say I like it. I rarely drink coffee, and if I do, then it is mostly because I want to stay up.

                                                                              On a scale of 1 to 10. 10 being very tasty, and 1 being disgusting. I am probably 2-3 for bad coffee and maybe 4-5 for a good coffee. In other words, I don't love even the best coffee.

                                                                              1. Now I suddenly want to do a poll on "Do you like coffee? Do you like tea?" Hmm...

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                                                                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                  Unlike many of my fellow non-coffee people I do like the flavor of tea, although I don't like it if they brew it too long and it becomes overly bitter. The McDonalds closest to me must have a manager who loves coffee, because when she is on duty I can't drink the tea, she must have them use twice as much tea when brewing and then somehow finds a way to burn the stuff. It's the worst Ice Tea I ever had.

                                                                                2. It's interesting that you love the smell but not the taste.
                                                                                  I was reading an article on the Guardian website the other day which may go some way to explaining it.


                                                                                  Here's a quote from the article.

                                                                                  "And partly why freshly brewed coffee never lives up to that first sniff – although the variation is even greater with coffee because once it is sipped, says Smith, "Saliva strips off about 300 of its [approximately 630] volatile molecules."

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                                                                                  1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                                                    That's old coffee. They don't test the good stuff, because it loses its flavor so fast (and isn't really relevant to commodity grade coffee)

                                                                                    Da good stuff? Causes chemical hallucinations. I can't tell you what you're gonna think you're drinking!

                                                                                    1. Well K-Man, you haven't had my grandma's coffee. That will change your mind!

                                                                                      Kidding of course... If you don't like it, don't drink it. No one can say you didn't try. Please send me all the Kona that you don't wish to drink--it will not go to waste in my house.

                                                                                      1. I like VERY GOOD coffee enough to drink it once every year or two. Well-made, good quality coffee is nice when slowly sipped with a great dessert - NO cream, sugar, etc.!

                                                                                        FLAVORED coffee? Belongs in the same trash can as any artificially flavored and/or overly sweetened food or beverage.

                                                                                        At home, french press or pourover are good.

                                                                                        I am a black tea drinker on a daily basis.

                                                                                        1. I don't drink the stuff either. Ever. However, I do like the flavor in some desserts, ie tiramisu and ice cream.

                                                                                          1. No you're not. I despise the stuff. You wouldn't believe the fights I've had with restaurant management after refusing to pay for it after waitstaff automatically brought to everyone in very large parties.

                                                                                            I think I've had less cups than you can count on two hands in forty plus years. Mostly when I going to school and was driving in the winter in a car with no heater. It was principally to have something hot to pass between my hands so I could continue to grip the wheel.

                                                                                            My best friend does not drink it as well.

                                                                                            I'm not a big fan of hot tea either.

                                                                                            1. Love the smell and don't care for the taste either.

                                                                                              1. Everyone I know loves coffee. I grew up with my parents drinking many cups a day, my friends lived off it in high school and my husband drinks a couple mugs a day of it. I can't stand it. It tastes terrible and smells worse. After losing a bet I had to drink a cup and I am so scarred from the experience that now I can taste the coffee in a coffee crisp chocolate bar. Ugh. I feel as though I am the only adult in this vast land of Tim Horton's and Starbuck's worshipers that just doesn't understand the appeal. Blech.

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                                                                                                1. re: coffeeick

                                                                                                  I agree that the smell of coffee is disgusting, to say nothing of the taste. (And my mom loves the stuff so much she drinks it before bed as a nightcap).

                                                                                                  And it is not the so-called bitterness because I love all kinds of bitter things like bitter green tea. Just something about coffee that I find noxious.

                                                                                                  On the bright side, it keeps me from wasting money at Starbucks (I wouldn't go near their vile tea).

                                                                                                2. A coffee roasting and a coffee brewing are two different smells. I can barley even smell any hint in roasting coffee. Just smells like something burning.

                                                                                                  Brewing coffee is a top 3 comfort food smell. Other being maybe apple pie and turkey/stuffing.

                                                                                                  If coffee ice-cream tastes bitter then I would say it has something to do with your sense of taste as there is so little coffee and so much cream and sugar it could never be considered bitter.

                                                                                                  I find coffee made in a bodum with fresh ground good coffee tastes like it smells.

                                                                                                  1. Interesting to revisit this thread. As I'd noted previously, I don't like coffee. But I hadn't realized until recently that I really *can't* drink it.

                                                                                                    I was at an event where I was spending hours a day in an ice cold arena that not only had no tea, it had no hot water: all the hot beverages were made offsite and served from thermal dispensers. Desperate for something hot and caffeinated, I asked for a hot chocolate with a splash of coffee (I'm not only bitter sensitive, I'm a slow caffeine metabolizer, so it doesn't take much). After a couple of sips I decided once I got used to it, it was drinkable.

                                                                                                    A couple of days later, I ordered the same in a cafe on the way to the arena. One sip and I'm back at the counter saying "I asked for only a SPLASH of coffee" -- it was overpowering! The surprised person at the counter insisted that's all that had been put in, so I asked them to dilute it down some more. It was still barely palatable -- not enjoyable -- but I decided not to make more of a fuss and eventually choked half of it down.

                                                                                                    I realized that the stuff they were using at the arena was Dunkin' Donuts "regular" coffee, while the coffee at the cafe was what most people would consider the "good stuff." But honestly, I could no more have drunk a whole cup of that straight than I could a glass of paint thinner. Not only was it bitter, but it was acrid. Obviously is just doesn't taste the same to me as it does to most people!

                                                                                                    1. I remember that smell well; made crossing the Bay Bridge special, even though as a tyke I didn't imbibe.

                                                                                                      1. Never liked coffee. Don't drink it at all. Don't enjoy the flavor in ice cream or desserts. Cringe if my neighbor on a plane orders it at such close quarters.

                                                                                                        I've been reminded and seen old family movies that I used to want coffee and drink some as a very young child. Maybe my aversion is exacerbated by coffee's association with cigarettes, which I abhor.

                                                                                                        1. Not American, but have never liked coffee.

                                                                                                          1. I know quite a few people who don't like coffee. I think it's an acquired taste. Did anyone just love coffee from the first sip?

                                                                                                            I got used to the taste of it because I had a co-worker who'd brew his own. I was out late one night and needed a pick me up so I asked if I could have a cup. After that, he'd make me a cup every day, though I really didn't want it but I was going on a business trip and thought that would be the end of it. When I got back, he told me he missed making coffee for me. So...that's how I learned to like coffee more.

                                                                                                            I started drinking it every day when I read that it helps some people burn a higher percentage of fat if they have a cup of coffee before working out (not everyone, unfortunately) but since there didn't seem to be a reason not to drink it, I did.

                                                                                                            1. Just the smell of coffee turns my stomach, I avoid walking past cafes and coffee shops whenever I can or sitting too close to someone sipping from a freshly brewed cup. I've been like that since I was a child and I'm in my late 30s now. I cannot stand the smell or taste of coffee, not even coffee candy or ice cream, or with vanilla, chocolate, or caramel, which I love, added, or anything to dress it up as a dessert flavor, I just can't stand the stuff, it's still coffee and it still makes me sick.

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                                                                                                              1. re: tybycandlelight

                                                                                                                Thank you! I honestly thought it was just me and brother who hate the smell. I hate the smell so much it gives me a headache and makes me feel nauseous. I've never tasted coffee because I've never been able to get close enough to a mug without feeling sick. I avoid coffee places because even standing outside them the smell is so strong I have to move away after a few minutes. This has caused more than a few arguments in my household. Visitors don't understand why we don't have coffee as an option for them to drink. People even bring their own coffee because they think it's ok to stink my little place out. I just don't understand this seemingly obsession people have with coffee. So many people can't do anything until they've had a cup of coffee in the morning and asking them to go or do anything before they've had their fix is like asking them to walk on their hands all day. They look at me like I'm crazy.

                                                                                                              2. I think most folks have a few things they just dislike. I personally like coffee, and have drunk it since my early teens, but no longer want it black, I add milk.

                                                                                                                Also, a few years ago, coffee was suddenly unappealing, I hated it and this was weird. I quit drinking it for almost two years, drank tea with milk instead. But that went away and am back to coffee.

                                                                                                                Got no idea what caused this.

                                                                                                                1. So glad to see that I'm not alone in my dislike of coffee. My parents both loved it, my husband loves it, but I can't stand the taste or smell. I also don't like it in other foods like coffee ice cream, although I do have a few meat and chili recipes that call for just a bit of coffee to round out the flavor and I'm ok with it there. But give me a good cup of tea any day.

                                                                                                                  1. I HATE coffee!

                                                                                                                    Coffee stinks!

                                                                                                                    I can't even stand to walk down the coffee aisle of a supermarket.

                                                                                                                    The smell of it makes me nauseous.

                                                                                                                    And I can't stand to kiss a woman with coffee breath!

                                                                                                                    At 64 years of age, I don't think any of this will ever change.


                                                                                                                    1. I love coffee, particularly any decent dark roast, but if you reside in Hawaii and have had one of man's best coffees at your fingertips (Kona is sublime), then I think as you said it's fair to say you'll never like it.

                                                                                                                      I think there's another issue at play here though. You seem to be mainly adverse to its underlying bitterness, which even in a hyper-sweetened coffee I suppose is only diluted. Until really getting into food discussions and probing people's food tastes, I didn't realize how unpopular "bitterness" is I suppose outside of places like Italy, anywhere in the Anglo-American world it seems.

                                                                                                                      Personally I'm the opposite and barely detect the bitterness in coffee, but then, I'm the guy that loves grapefruit, Campari, and the Italian Chinotto sodas. Bitterness isn't a bad thing to me but it seems to be for a lot of people.

                                                                                                                      For what it's worth, at least two married couples in my family are members of the rare cases; oddly enough both spouses don't like coffee.

                                                                                                                      I will say though that I've never "gotten" those people, my parents among them growing up, who seemed to turn coffee with its caffeine properties into some kind of required ritual without which the day could not go on. I enjoy coffee like I enjoy any other food or beverage, but I certainly don't "need" it to function, often prefer it relaxing at night more as a dessert thing than in the morning, and could just as easily go for a nice Earl Grey or Irish Breakfast tea.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Epicureandreamer

                                                                                                                        No, it's not the bitterness (and in fact I don't associate coffee with bitterness). I love anything bitter --the more bitter the green tea, the better and I have never had a Chinotto soda, but suspect I would love it.

                                                                                                                        For whatever reason, the taste of coffee (and the smell) is just loathsome to me. And yes, its inclusion in the batter can ruin what would otherwise be a perfectly nice honey cake.

                                                                                                                      2. I LOATHE coffee, both as a drink and a flavoring, and never at any time did I try to acquire a taste for it or alcohol. I don't mind it in the honey cake that's traditional during the Jewish high holidays but it somehow disappears. I'm crazy about the aroma but it's not one that I associate with something I'd want to ingest. I do suggest "going for coffee" with friends but never have any intention of actually ordering it.

                                                                                                                        1. Love the smell, can't stand the taste - in anything, no matter how small the amount. Yuck.

                                                                                                                          Never liked it, and tried it a few times over many years. Not trying anymore. I like tea - I drink it every day.

                                                                                                                          I'll inhale freshly brewed coffee deeply, relishing the aroma; some evidence suggests inhaling coffee gets beneficial flavonoids into your system. That's as far as I go with coffee.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: mcsheridan

                                                                                                                            Many would say it's an acquired taste, like tea, beer, wine, and any hard liquor. When one thinks about it the only drinks that kids are going to come out of the womb liking are those with a high sugar content, whether natural or artificial, such as juice, soda, and punches.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Epicureandreamer

                                                                                                                              Reasons for acquiring a taste for something generally are: 1) ignoring what's unpleasant to obtain a benefit; 2) peer-pressure; 3) necessity - it's all there is so you better get to liking it.

                                                                                                                              And then there's the ones that grab kids early: imitation and ritual. What Dad or Mom is drinking, they want to try. If a parent has a routine around consumption, even stronger association for the child. Many kids get their first exposure to coffee at the family breakfast table, when mom or dad will let them have a taste, or set them up with a cup of mostly warm milk with a little coffee added for flavor.

                                                                                                                              Thankfully, for me, coffee has no benefit I cannot get elsewhere; tea has some caffeine, so does hot chocolate, and goodness, Cola sure has oodles of it! I don't give a damn if someone thinks I should drink it. There are so many things to drink, hot or cold...scarcity doesn't come into play.

                                                                                                                              I can't remember a time when I didn't like tea, although as a child I used a *lot* more sugar than I do now. I deliberately set out to acquire a taste for wine, as it is something I wasn't exposed to at home. While I enjoy a glass with dinner, that's about it for me and wine. No beer, thanks, but please pass the hard cider.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Epicureandreamer

                                                                                                                                Not necessarily. My brother used to beg coffee (milk, no sugar) from my parents when he was a baby. I still remember the first time it happened--he saw someone drinking it and fussed until they let him taste it. He was allowed to have it occasionally after that (I think they made it a point to not drink it in front of him) and he drank it all his life.

                                                                                                                                1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                  Hah, good points both. MacGuffin, there are always those anomalies. I wonder if what would have been a good alternative for him is some of that coffee syrup (for milk, like chocolate syrup, but...coffee) from Autocrat or any other brand you can procure in Rhode Island. Coffee milk hits the spot once in a while.

                                                                                                                                  McSheridan, it's funny as I got to see a bit of the "taste acquisition" process work on myself as I used to drink a cup of coffee maybe once a week or every other week, less often than tea. A couple years back I was kind of living on the road driving long distances over the course of months and got so tired of soda and energy drinks (which I never liked much anyway, beyond the occasional Red Bull) to stay energized that I ended up drinking more coffee on the road. I guess it became like a comfort thing. That was 2012 and now I like a nice big cup of any coffee but decaf to sip on practically every day, although as I mentioned earlier I actually prefer it while relaxing at night so it has nothing to do with "starting the day" like the fetish with some folks.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Epicureandreamer

                                                                                                                                    " I wonder if what would have been a good alternative for him is some of that coffee syrup (for milk, like chocolate syrup, but...coffee) from Autocrat or any other brand you can procure in Rhode Island."

                                                                                                                                    My hunch is no. He wanted what was in the cup that was being drunk (I was maybe four and I still remember it). I don't recall ever seeing him do that with anything else. It was very strange.