Improving the Taste of Home Brewed Coffee?

I don't like coffee. Or at least I don't like the taste of it. I'm trying to find ways to make it taste better that aren't so expensive like constantly buying liquid creamer. So far all I've found is using a Hersey's kiss in it. I use Folger's Classic or Columbian if that helps.


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December 26, 20180 found this helpful

You can put cinnamon or mint extract in it. Torino makes delicious syrups, such as vanilla, hazelnut and caramel.


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December 27, 20180 found this helpful

Hard candy! Put a piece of hard candy, a flavor such as chocolate, caramel, mint, butterscotch or something your like in the bottom of the cup, pour hot coffee over the candy and give it a little melting time. That's all it takes to make your coffee a little sweeter and tasty.


You can also add cocoa, a small amount of cayenne or a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Many people like to add honey to their coffee but typically flavored honey is a little expensive.


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December 28, 20180 found this helpful

If you don't like coffee but are drinking it for the caffeine, maybe try switching over to black or green tea. I really like Sweet and Spicy from Good Earth. It has a lot of cinnamon so it seems sweet without any added sugar.

If you are really set on coffee, you could try a different roast. A lot of people really like the blonde roasts because they are less acidic (and have more caffeine!). If you have access to a local coffee shop or roaster, they might be able to do a coffee tasting or give you suggestions as to what type you might prefer.


Another idea is to try cold brew, which you can buy or make at home. You keep it in your refrigerator and then add hot water when you want a cup of coffee. It is supposed to be less acidic.

If none of these ideas help, I might suggest switching over your creamer to a non-daily milk, like almond or coconut. The nutty flavor might counteract the coffee in a good way. I always get unsweetened but you could start with sweetened and wean your way down.

When I started getting serious about my weight loss, the first thing I cut out was soda and sugar in my coffee. I had a twice a day Starbucks habit, expensive AND fattening. First, I switched to lattes with no added flavoring. Later, after I got used to the taste, I changed it to an Americano with a splash of cream. Now I drink my coffee black except for a rare celebration (eggnog latte, anyone?)

December 28, 20180 found this helpful

I live in a small country town and the only coffee joint we have is quarter the size of a trailer house so no go on the coffee house. Not a fan of hot tea sadly. Love iced sweet tea though. And to me cold brew has just never tasted right. I was ruined early on by trying Folgers and now nothing taste the same.


I couldn try the milk idea though. Maybe the almond flavored one considering Im allergic to coconut and still dont know what all sets me off for that. As for weight? Ha! I celebrate if I managed to put on any weight.


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December 28, 20180 found this helpful

I like Pghgirl's suggestions and some I have not tried but most are very good.

Flavoring in coffee usually take several tries to decide whether you like it or not because if you have been using flavored creamers your coffee may taste "awful" the first few times use a flavoring.

According to what type of flavorings you purchase (there are quite a few on the market) you need to calculate your savings as you can sometimes get fooled into thinking you are saving more than you actually are.


Using some of the stuff Pghgirl suggested would probably have the biggest savings so you might want to try some of those first.

Most liquid flavorings come in approximately a 25 ounce bottle and prices range from $6 - $20 according to what flavors and what brand you buy.

There are approximately 50 tablespoons in a 25 ounce bottle so you can calculate the cost of each serving (most people use less than 1 tablespoon but that calculation will give you a start.

By my calculations it would cost about $.20 per tablespoon of a 25 ounce container that cost $10.00.
But I have no idea as to how that compares to liquid creamers as no one seems to use a "certain" amount for each cup.

I will say this; not too many people that I know have been able to switch from creamers to flavorings and usually go back to the creamers.


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January 7, 20190 found this helpful

I love, love, love coffee!! First thing is to play around with the measurements to make a cup to your liking. The measurements are guides. I love my coffee strong. Hubby likes it lighter. I add extra grounds, he adds fewer.


A little cinnamon or honey can really mellow it and make it extra special. When candy canes are on sale (now), I love to use one as a stirrer for my coffee (I also love them crushed in ice cream, but that is a different post!). Nutmeg is also good in coffee. Happy brewing!!!


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