Is All Strong Black Coffee Bitter or Is It Just Acidic

Strong Black Coffee - Bitter or Acidic

Is all strong black coffee bitter? If you are new to coffee and are trying to drink black coffee, you may think it is. I use to think the same thing. But once I really started drinking better coffee, I soon found that this is a misconception or at least a misunderstanding about black coffee.

Now I admit that as a rule, I don't drink my coffee black. I am a creamer type coffee drinker. Yes, I add a hint of Italian Sweet Cream to my coffee. This is because I prefer sweet. Not just in coffee but in most everything.

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You don't have to worry about bitterness with this strong black coffee. I do like a dark roast and this is one that I think you will enjoy as well. It's a single origin, not a blend, which gives you full flavored enjoyment of a Sumatran coffee. 

Sumatra coffee is one of my favorites. Once you taste this one, I think you will understand why. Is all strong black coffee bitter? I have to say, Nope. The guys of Fresh Roasted Coffee have a great selection of dark roast coffees and I feel this is one of the better ones.

Okay, I still add creamer but that's just how I prefer. Bitter? No. Good? Yes. I suggest you grab a bag and give it a try. Once you do taste it, come back here to let me know what you think.

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Is Black Coffee Bitter

When you think of bitter, think of your face drawing up into a, dang that's awful, scrunched up, spit this stuff out, sort of look. To me, that describes bitter.

On the other hand, there is acidic. This is most likely what you are tasting when you drink black coffee. I do have to say, it takes time to acquire a taste for black coffee. But is all black coffee bitter? I have to say no.

Why is black coffee bitter?

That's not to say some black coffee will have a bitter taste to it. Here are a few reasons you may be tasting bitterness in your black coffee.

  1. Over extraction or brewing the coffee for too long
  2. The water you’re using is too hot
  3. Your coffee beans aren’t fresh or are poor quality
  4. You’re using too much coffee for the amount of water you’re using
  5. The coffee grinds you are using are ground too small
  6. The brewing equipment you are using is dirty 

I feel like over extraction and bad or poor quality coffee is a huge part of the "bitterness" you may be experiencing. To insure your black coffee is not bitter, correct these six points in your daily coffee routine and the bitterness problem will be resolved.

Maybe it is the acidity I taste

I was reading another article about the acidity of coffee and thought I would put and excerpt of it here for you to read.

Coffee enthusiasts and aficionados identify acidity as the dry, bright, and sparkling sensation that sets a high-quality, high-grown coffee apart from a mundane, lower-grown coffee. Admittedly, this is the rather snooty way of looking at the issue, though it is true that many highly-prized coffees are grown at high elevation and are characterized by their bright, nuanced qualities. Source: Higher Grounds Coffee

All in all, I suggest if you feel your black coffee is bitter, try to buy a better quality bean. Then be sure to brew it without invoking any of the six points above. If you still have to ask, is all strong black coffee bitter, do as I do. Add some creamer.


Not all black coffee is bitter. There are reasons that it can be, but most likely, you are tasting the acidity. If you want to enjoy a good cup of black coffee, it may take you some time to acquire a taste for it. But don't give up. Try different coffees until you find one that suits your taste buds.

You can start by trying this one that I think is really good. Black, or with creamer.

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