We have yet another coffee question for you that you may or may not have wanted to be answered. To some, putting salt in coffee may sound absurd, but to others, this might have been a question you have asked before whether it be from someone else talking about it or reading it in an article once. Whether this was on your mind or not, we think everything is worth looking into, and we have done just that. We have researched and found all the pros and cons of this unique coffee addition and can’t wait to share with you.
So where did this idea even start? Alton Brown, an author and cook is credited for this. He started preaching this to his following, swearing that it was an easy fix for not so great coffee. It became so closely associated with him that the media got a hold of it and was known by many as the “Alton Brown Trick”. He claimed that adding a pinch of salt to your coffee will take away the bitterness of the coffee and allow for the true flavor of the coffee to stand on its own. He also claimed that the salt removed the stale taste of water that sometimes comes from tap or tank water.
Alton Brown is not the only one to come up with this and most definitely not the first. Different cultures, including Hungaria, Siberia, and Turkey, have been adding salt to their coffee with the same belief.
So you are ready to give it a try? The formula Alton Brown gave is for every cup of water, there should be two spoons of ground coffee and half a spoon of salt. Simple enough.
There are quite a few pros to adding salt into your coffee, but here is our quick list:
Now that we’ve gone over the good things about adding salt to your coffee, let’s talk about the reasons why this might not be a good option:
If these two categories sound like something you would fit in, it might be a good idea to try cold brew coffee which is known to be lighter on your stomach or a healthy sweetener would be a good option. At the end of the day any additive is going to be an unhealthy option if used too much or unwisely, so be conscientious of what you are putting into your body.
So now we know where this phenomenon originated from, why people would want to do it, and why people wouldn’t. The choice is yours. Do you think you adding salt into your coffee will be a new practice of yours? Here at Le French Press, we will try anything once. We hope you have learned a new trick if you’re in a pinch. Simply grab a pinch of salt! Happy Brewing!