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BITTERNESS

Bitterness is an essential part of the overall taste of coffee. A certain amount of bitterness rounds off the taste of coffee and balances the other flavour elements.

You might hear the terms “fine bitterness”, “smooth bitterness” or “well-balanced bitterness” being used to describe coffees.

What makes some coffees more bitter than others? There are several factors. First, comes the bean; Robusta is more bitter than Arabica. Then comes the roasting; generally, a darker roast increases the bitterness of the coffee. A third factor is the brewing method, which is why espresso coffee tends to have a more bitter taste.

What makes some coffees more bitter than others? There are several factors. First, comes the bean; Robusta is more bitter than Arabica. Then comes the roasting; generally, a darker roast increases the bitterness of the coffee. A third factor is the brewing method, which is why espresso coffee tends to have a more bitter taste.e.

The next question is: how bitter should your coffee be? “Not too bitter,” or “Really bitter!” you’ll say. And quite rightly, because your standard of bitterness is a personal matter, like your choice of coffee.

Bitterness is something often found culturally in food and drink. Chinese and Italian cuisines, for example, use many bitter ingredients. And tastes do change, as has been shown by the recent trends for dark “bitter” chocolate and espresso coffee. Sometimes bitter can be better.

THE TOP STRENGTHS OF NESCAFÉ®

If you like your coffee strong, here are two great tips: look for darker roasts and blends made with Robusta beans.

NESCAFÉ® Original is a good place to start. Our signature coffee is made with a medium dark roast that gives it a rich full flavour. It is now available as NESCAFÉ® Original 2in1®, so you just have to add hot water for a simple and easy white coffee.

For more full-bodied strength you can also choose NESCAFÉ® BLACK GOLD®, which is a delightful blend of dark roasted Arabica and Robusta coffee beans offering an intense taste and enticing aroma.

Another popular option is NESCAFÉ® ALTA RICA®, a very dark roast that’s rich, bold and smouldering. We use 100% Arabica beans and roast them to achieve the intensity of flavour and deep, rounded taste. A richly intricate aroma makes this a complex and deeply enjoyable coffee.

NESCAFÉ® Espresso is also made from 100% Arabica beans. We wash and fully roast these fine quality beans to achieve an intense, deeply developed taste needed for this classic type of coffee. A short but rich cup with a velvety golden-brown crema layer – a real coffee experience!