The things we do for our readers. In response to our post on office coffee tweaks, commenter Audrey asked, "Okay so tell me if this is odd. One of my coworkers puts salt in her coffee. She will put like 5 or 6 of those small packets of salt in a small cup of very strong black coffee and nothing else. She says it cuts the bitterness out.
I've never seen anybody do that before and I think its just disgusting and very odd but maybe I'm wrong..maybe more people do it and I'm just not aware of it."
KDirty responded, "It's not that odd, honestly. I don't know about putting it directly in the coffee, but I generally add a pinch of salt to my coffee grounds while brewing–it DEFINITELY cuts some bitterness out of the coffee. Try it!"
We're no strangers to harsh flavors. Horseradish, Scotch, mustard greens, herring - the more pungent and punishing the better. This brew methodically slurped away every drop of joy in the universe, leaving a vast, dry, alkaline terrain upon which no deliciousness may grow for one thousand years.
So no. Don't try it. At least in those proportions.
We totally stand by Alton Brown's Man Coffee method of adding a pinch of salt to a whole 24oz French press to cut the bitterness of the brew. This ratio is roughly one squillion times more potent than that, so yes, Audrey, you stand vindicated. That's just naaaaasty.
[Update: Two hours have passed, and the hole it burned in our