27 Mar '12, 5pm

Why does room temperature coffee taste so bad?

Why does room temperature coffee taste so bad?

THAT'S HOT: Biologists have only recently started getting a handle on how and why temperature affects taste. (Photo: fotosipsak/iSockphoto) "My coffee has become tepid." To a coffee drinker, is there any realization more sigh-inducing? It is strange, when you think about it, that a piping hot cup o' joe can be so delicious, and that iced coffee can be very nice, too, but that between those temperature extremes there lies an unpleasant no-man's-land of bitterness. Room-temperature coffee is regularly tolerated by us all — ok, us "addicts" — because we can't function without the caffeine. But why does it taste so bad? Biologists have only recently started getting a handle on how and why temperature affects the taste of food and beverages, and no research has been conducted specifically regarding coffee. But there are three main theories; the first holds that lukewarm coffee ...

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