Question about making stronger coffee.
Does coffee get a stronger flavor if you leave it on for a long period of time? My mother in law insists it does, I think it's a waste of electricity that just burns the coffee. (We're talking 8+ hours of the same pot of coffee sitting on the hot plate.)
I think if she wants stronger coffee she should add more grinds, less water, run the brewed coffee back through the pot, or buy a darker roast, but she insists that if she leaves the machine turned on it makes the coffee stronger. Am I wrong?
Good question. Your mother-in-law is a genuine old-school coffee lover. Yes, if you keep coffee on a burner for hours, it will taste stronger. But there is burned-strong and flavorful-strong. Her way burns off all the volatile oils that carry the flavor and leave you with a cooked, and rather bitter taste.
For a stronger brew that still tastes good, she should follow your advice. (Except for running the coffee back through the pot, which can also make it taste bitter.)
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