Mmm, Fungus!

I’ll let you in on a secret: I rarely clean my coffee maker. Maybe once a month, if that. I make a pot in the morning, and then generally leave the old coffee, filter and grounds in there until making the next pot when I get home from work. When I’m done I leave all the old stuff in there until it’s time for the morning pot again.

The funny thing is, whenever people come over and I fix them a cup of coffee, they invariably tell me “this is great coffee”. The same was true for my clients at WebMedia, though admittedly I cleaned that pot a little more often (maybe once a week). Without fail, everyone who tastes my coffee says it’s great, whether it’s black, cream only, or sugar and cream. Now, I do think I’m a decent judge of how much grounds and water to use, but I can’t be that good. My only conclusion is that by not cleaning the pot, the flavor is somehow enhanced by the fact that coffee essence has been embedded into the pot and funnel.

Just today, my brother sent me this link about a researcher who claims that fungus within the coffee bean contributes to its flavor. He’s heard my theory many times so it was meant as a joke, but I can’t help but wonder if this helps explain the good coffee that comes out of my dirty coffee pot. 🙂

-Matt

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Mmm, Fungus!

9 thoughts on “Mmm, Fungus!

  1. gary says:

    Ya know, if anybody else had written this i would have thought all the people who said they thing your coffee is great were just patrionizing you, but i am pretty sure you would have picked it up. It is pretty nasty to think about all the build-up in the coffe maker, but i do the same thing.

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  2. IMHO ‘great coffee’ is an oxymoron. If coffee tasted the way it smells I’d be all over it. Unfortunately it’s stomach-rotting and nasty and tastes like liquefied shoe-leather laced with angora-bitters. Maybe the fungus in the coffee bean secretes a chemical that gradually destroys the part of the brain responsible for the sense of taste.

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  3. It’s actually not that crazy a theory .. I believe I have a full fledged physical addiction to coffee, similar to but not quite as strong as my addiction to cigarettes. When I go without coffee for awhile, I experience definite withdrawl symptoms. Also, in the morning I often become a little hyper even before drinking my first cup of coffee, as though my body has already anticipated the rush of caffeine.

    -Matt

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