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    Alton Brown's One-Ingredient Hack For Better Coffee Will Change Your Mornings

    This makes so much sense.

    Just about everybody knows who Alton Brown is...

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    He's a food science whiz, cookbook author, and host of the cult-favorite cooking show Good Eats.

    And just about everyone drinks coffee, too.

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    Who doesn't love a nice, strong cup of coffee? ☕️

    So when I came across an old episode of Good Eats where Brown suggests adding salt to your morning brew, I knew I needed to share the info.

    Because let's be honest, is Brown ever wrong? No. The answer is no.

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

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    Brown adds the salt right to his coffee grounds before he starts brewing it.

    Then I came across a Facebook status from Brown himself further explaining the rationale behind adding salt to coffee and it all made sense.

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    "Not only does salt cut the bitterness of coffee, but it also smooths out the 'stale' taste of tank-stored water," explained Brown. "And by the way," Brown added, "research has proven that salt is actually better at neutralizing bitterness than sugar."

    So there you have it: Salt cuts bitterness. And coffee is bitter — so adding a pinch of salt makes complete and total sense.

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    Are you going to start adding salt to your coffee? 🤔

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