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Old 07-25-2007, 01:21 PM
MsWhatsit MsWhatsit is online now
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Why does my coffee taste like chlorine?

Easy answer: Because my water is chlorinated. Yeah, yeah, I know, but the thing is, our drinking water straight from the tap doesn't have a noticeable chlorine taste.

I hadn't brewed coffee for a while, because I was cutting back due to pregnancy. Upon the recent arrival of Whatsit the Youngest, I went to brew a pot and realized that the coffeemaker was broken. So we have a new coffee maker with a stainless steel carafe. I mention this only in case it is somehow relevant to the chlorine tasting coffee.

Is the only answer to brew my coffee with filtered water? I never had to do this before, but maybe they're overchlorinating our tap water now or something.
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Old 07-25-2007, 01:26 PM
garygnu garygnu is offline
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Do you sweeten it with Splenda? I've heard some people complain they can taste chlorine in it.
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Old 07-25-2007, 01:52 PM
MsWhatsit MsWhatsit is online now
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Yeah, but I sweeten everything with Splenda and have for years, and I've never noticed a chlorine taste before.
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Old 07-25-2007, 02:12 PM
MoodIndigo1 MoodIndigo1 is offline
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I prepare the water in the coffeepot the evening before I brew the coffee, and leave the lid open. By morning, all traces of chlorine have vanished. I do the same thing with water for my indoor plants.
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Old 07-25-2007, 03:22 PM
garygnu garygnu is offline
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"I've heard" ( ) of women's taste buds becoming more sensitive or otherwise different after pregnancy. I certainly have no proof for this, so eliminate other, more likely possibilities.
Try starting with distilled water to see if it's possibly the new caraffe.
Does the new unit have a built-in filter?
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