How to Acquire a Taste for Coffee

How to Acquire a Taste for Coffee:

Did you know that sweet, savory, and salty tastes are preferred by fetuses during prenatal development, while contrarily, bitter and sour tastes are rejected? And these preferences stick until adulthood and sometimes longer. For those who don’t like the taste of coffee, don’t worry. It’s not your fault. Blame biology. Want to introduce a new food or drink into your preprogrammed catalogue of tastes? Frequency and quality play an imperative role in developing a preference for it.


Coffee, like wine, beer, and dark chocolate, is an acquired taste, and so, we’re not going to like it overnight. It can take months or years to trick your mind into liking it. My magic number has always been 10 attempts, which has worked for sushi, beer, green tea, goat cheese, salad dressings, tofu, and Brussels sprouts. I’m still working on olives, but I might take my bitter resentment (pun intended) of those failed pickles to the grave. Damn you, olives! Damn you all to HECK!


Until quite recently, I hated coffee, with a passion. Even after numerous shots of le petit noir, I couldn’t understand why people willingly drank burnt, bitter tasting water? Weirdos. It turns out, I was just drinking terrible, poor-quality coffee my whole life. It wasn’t until I went to Belgium in autumn of 2015 that my previously accosted taste buds were introduced to a choice brew. And the rest is caffeine history.

So if you want to join the coffee cult, keep drinking. But only the good stuff!

Now, go out and impress people with your random coffee knowledge! And as always, thank you for reading and joining me on this #internationalcoffeejourney

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