6 Reasons your Coffee Tastes Bitter

Brewing coffee is quite a skillful task, a science, where practice makes perfect. There are a lot of contributing factors to a good cup of coffee, and today we bring you six reason why your coffee tastes butter, and how to fix them, enjoy.


1. Your’re using poor quality coffee

We hate to admit this, but not all coffee is created equal, some is simply better than others. We suggest steering clear of supermarket coffee and try fresh quality cafe coffee.


2. You’re using the wrong grind size

The grind of your coffee beans changes how the flavour particles dissolve – if it is too course you risk under-extraction, and sour coffee. Too fine you risk over-extracted, bitter coffee. You’ll need to experiment to get the perfect ground for your coffee beans.


3. Your water quality is poor

The taste of your coffee greatly differs depending on the quality of water you’re using in your home. Hard water or bad quality water will greatly differ the taste of you coffee. Instead of using water from your tap, we suggest purchasing a Brita water filter.


4. Your water temperature isn’t right

Coffee temperature needs to be just right to ensure the perfect cup, you’ll notice good cafes never serve scalding hot coffee – If your water is too hot you’ll extract the bitter compounds, alike if you burn toast it has an ashy aftertaste. To avoid burning your beans aim for a water temperature between 92 – 96 degrees Celsius. The use of a thermometer may also help control temperature.


5. Your extracting for too long

Extraction is the process of pulling the flavour out of the coffee, over-extraction is when you ‘express’ too much water through your coffee grounds – this is the most common reason for bitter coffee. Try adjust between longer and shorter times to find the right time for your taste. Remember, once you have extracted your shot of coffee, you should stop allowing your coffee machine to pass more water through the spent beans as after one shot the following water draws bitter compounds.


6. Your equipment isn’t clean

Surprisingly the coffee machines often gets missed in our daily cleaning routines. Old coffee residue from the last time you made coffee is lurking in there and can definitely affect the flavour of future cups. We recommend you flush your coffee machine daily with an espresso cleaner 



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UTZ Certified, What’s the Fuss?

UTZ-logoYou may have seen the UTZ Certified symbol on the packaging of you fresh Coffee beans, Cocoa, and Tea more and more over the past decade.  Before you run off and check items in your pantry for this little red symbol, you might want to know whats behind it.

UTZ means “good” in Mayan, and that is exactly what the UTZ Certification ensures – good coffee from seed to cup. The UTZ program is more than just growing sustainable coffee; it is a program that has environmental, social and economic impact.


Through the UTZ program farmers;

  • Grow better crops through introducing good agricultural practices and management.
  • Attain a better income by incorporating safe and healthy working conditions including gender equality.
  • Introduce better care for next generations through abolishing child labour.
  • Contribute to a better environment by safeguarding the world resources both now and in the future, through better growth and manufacturing processes, including no deforestation, protection of endangered species and waste management, in turn providing a better life for all.

It is clear that the UTZ Certification contributes to better farming, and a better future for all of us. Obtaining UTZ Certification does not come easy, farmers must comply with the code of conduct yearly through demonstrating the above. 

UTZ is the largest program for sustainable coffee and cocoa in the world, with almost 50% of all certified sustainable coffee now UTZ.


Why Support UTZ Certified Products?

Coffee is produced in over 50 countries with over 25 million people dependent on the coffee industry worldwide, and the certification systems such as UTZ, Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance share the common goal of transforming the world’s production systems and value chains to make them more sustainable. In independent studies it is proven that UTZ Certified cocoa, coffee and tea farms generate higher yields and better quality crops than conventional farms, and being trained in the UTZ Code of Conduct helps farmers to improve their knowledge and adopt sustainable farming

UTZ Certified and Fairtrade products available at www.coffee2yourdoor.com.au




Can Coffee consumption really reduce Type II Diabetes risk?

A healthy diet, low sugar and refined carbs has been proved the most effective measure to treat and/or reduce type 2 diabetes risk, however most research shows Coffee consumption may prevent, treat and even reverse the effects of type 2 diabetes.

With a flood of studies exploring the link between coffee consumption and type 2 diabetes risk, and in light of National Diabetes Day celebrated on November 14th (Aus) we’re bringing you the facts;

Long-term research has found that;

  • Coffee drinkers have lower sugar and insulin levels
  • Long-term coffee drinkers are 23% – 54% less likely to develop diabetes, compared to non-coffee drinkers, lifestyle factors included.
  • For each daily cup of coffee consumed, type 2 diabetes risk decreased by 9%, and 6% with Decaf.
  • People who increased their consumption by one cup saw an 11% decrease in risk, but those who decreased consumption by one cup saw a 17% increase in risk.
  • Coffee consumption does not increase type 2 diabetes risks, or even the risk of obesity in the staunchest of coffee drinkers.

You would agree that these are remarkable findings, the reasoning;

  • The reason coffee drinkers are less likely to develop diabetes is because coffee has an inflammation lowering-effect on the body; higher coffee consumption is connected to lower amyloid levels (inflammation marker in blood).
  •  Coffee has more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables combined, making it one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. 
  • The caffeine in coffee makes in a natural fat-burner, a natural resources proven for fat loss (that’s why almost every commercial fat burner includes it!). Although effects may diminish over time with long-term coffee drinkers, caffeine burns fat up to 10% in obese people and 29% in leaner people.

The Bottom Line

  • Regular coffee is better than Decaf
  • Learn to drink it black to experience the full benefits and antioxidants.



Unbelievable Benefits of Drinking Coffee!

Coffee consumption goes back century’s, nowadays over 400 billion cups are consumed every year; making it one of the world’s most popular drinks, so what makes coffee so special, and is it healthy?
Here we have put together a guide to coffee drinking to reap the benefits of this extraordinary beverage.

Coffee beans contain a natural blend of antioxidants, bioflavonoids, vitamins and minerals that provide impressive benefits when consumed in moderation (both caffeinated and decaffeinated), has been linked to perking you up through lowering risk of depression as well as many benefits including;

Heart Healthy
1-3 cups per day significantly lowers risk of coronary heart disease in women and is inversely associated with lowering risk of type two diabetes; a cardiovascular disease risk factor.

2-5 cups per day is associated with lower risk of stroke then non coffee drinkers through suppressing inflammation effects on arteries.

Some studies show coffee includes compounds that widen blood vessels therefore lowering blood pressure. In addition moderate coffee drinkers we less likely to be hospitalized for heart rhythm problems, and drinking coffee may increase blood flow to small blood vessels taking strain off your heart by 30%!

Cut risk of Diabetes 
4 – 5 cups per day is associated with lowered risk of developing type 2 diabetes as its antioxidants boost cells’ sensitivity to insulin which helps regular blood sugar.

Ditch the morning donut or sugar in your morning beverage as excess sugar may cancel out benefits!

Liver Health

2 cups per day is associated with a 43% reduced risk of liver cancer, 3 cups per day reduced liver cancer risks by 50%. It has been proved in many studies that coffee protects against cirrhosis with an emphasis on alcoholic cirrhosis, as well as slowing down the progression of liver disease to cirrhosis.

Lowering Cancer risk

1 cup per day is associated with a 3% reduced risk of cancers; bladder, breast, buccal, pharyngeal, colorectal, endometrial, oesophageal, leukemic, pancreatic and prostate cancers.

Live Longer
A regular coffee doesn’t just reap these individual health benefits; science has shown a regular dose of coffee will help you live longer!

1 – 5 cups per day may help reduce risks of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease through antioxidants preventing some brain cell damage through activating brain stem cells to convert to new neurons thus improving brain health.

1-3 cups per day significantly lowers risk of coronary heart disease in women and is inversely associated with lowering risk of type two diabetes; a cardiovascular disease risk factor.

The most significant fact of all is 2-3 cups per day of a typical medium roast bean is higher in many antioxidants than green or black tea, and has LESS caffeine than white tea! So don’t feel guilty when you’re doing your 10am coffee run, instead, enjoy the benefits.