Why do some people put egg shell in coffee grounds?

Adding eggshell to the grounds of coffee is said to take away some of the bitter taste that can be associated with cheap or over extracted coffee. People also use eggshell to settle the grounds of the coffee. I believe this to be a fairly rare practice now.


Egg coffee

I'm reading the same book, I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for the info!

egg coffee

I just read the same book!!! and was wondering why?? So here I am and finding out it's a common practice. I have a Mr. Coffee coffee maker and very curious now to try it!!!! It's a 12 cup and would I use 1-2 eggs maybe for the pot? 

Haha! I am reading that book

Haha! I am reading that book right now and I had to look this up! I am going to try it, but I am very nervous.

  There is an episode of I

There is an episode of I Love Lucy where Lucy breaks an egg into a coffee pot before brewing laughing "my grandma was Swedish".  :)  Since then I've always wanted to try it.

eggshells in coffee

I'm 55 and my Great Aunt from Sweden made THE BEST COFFEE ever and she always put egg shells in her coffee pot. I do the same - rinse egg shells. When I brew a pot I put shells from one egg in bottom, the coffee always tastes smoother, even when I use expensive coffee. One person I personally have known has ever heard of this and they observed it while travelling in Europe (forgot what country).

That's really a very

That's really a very interesting fact about eggshell...i heard it really does take away the bitter taste of the coffee, i've never tried it but maybe it's true.

Egg Coffee Recipe

I found a recipe in a book my grandfather had for egg coffee, which led me to this discussion board. I thought I would share it here.

Rinse coffee pot with boiling water. Measure coffee into pot, allowing 1 tablspoon coffee for each cup of water. Combine coffee with slightly beaten egg (I guess you could throw the shell in there too), using 1 egg for each 8 tablespoons coffee. Pour measured amount of freshly boiled water over coffee and egg. Heat to boiling. Boil 3 minutes. Strain and serve at once - The Household Searchlight.

Egg in grounds in pan

The egg in the pan is to keep the grounds from being poured into the cup (from what I've read).

Eggshells in coffee grounds

My Honey reminisced to me this A.M. about an Aunt that put eggshells in her coffee grinds when she gave him his very 1st cup of coffee. He remembered it being smooth and tasting good. Hes 56, I'm 41. We're getting married soon. I cherish the old fashioned values that are sadly fading away in this fast paced world today. Angela

...I agree...

Hey Angela.
As a mid 30's, born in this post-modern high-tech generation, I also echo your sentiments about the passing values of this age. It honestly breaks my heart at times. I'm not old enough to see all that you've seen, but I can certainly see the effects of the new ways...
Just thought I'd share.

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