The Weird Science Behind Adding Salt To Your Coffee


Want to amp up your cup of cheap java? Just add salt. No, seriously.

Recently, coffee lovers have become privy to a “hack” that makes cheap coffee more palatable by adding a pinch of salt. But should you actually add salt to your coffee routine? According to a YouTube video on the topic by coffee expert James Hoffman, the answer is “hopefully not, but maybe.” Let’s explain.

Salt is considered one of five basic tastes, along with sour, sweet, bitter and umami. These five tastes can interact, meaning saltiness can amplify sweetness and also mitigate bitterness, according to Hoffmann.

If you are drinking coffee that is brewed properly and is of a good quality, then you probably don’t need to add salt to your cup.

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