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Alton Brown’s Simple Hack for Brewing Better Coffee

Southern Living logo Southern Living 3/13/2019 Meghan Overdeep
Alton Brown wearing glasses and a suit and tie © Michael Tullberg/Getty Images

When it comes to food facts and hacks, nobody can top Alton Brown. The cookbook author, television host, and all-around food science whiz is a veritable font of culinary wisdom.

Luckily for us, a Buzzfeed writer recently unearthed one of Brown’s most mind-blowing hacks for making the best coffee in an old episode of Good Eats. And unlike some of his more complicated kitchen endeavors, this one involves only two everyday essentials: coffee and salt.

To “help take the bitterness out of your brew," Brown suggests using two tablespoons of ground coffee and a quarter teaspoon of kosher salt for every cup of water you use to make your coffee.


Brown explained his hack further on his blog. And once again, he has science on his side.

“Not only does salt cut the bitterness of coffee, but it also smooths out the ‘stale’ taste of tank-stored water. I’ve taken to adding a quarter teaspoon of kosher salt to every 6 tablespoons of grounds. That isn’t really enough to taste, but it’ll do the trick,” he writes. “And by the way, research has proven that salt is actually better at neutralizing bitterness than sugar.”

So, salt it is!

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