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My coffee/tea taste bitter, is it time for a new kettle?

(22 Posts)
EatShitDerek Tue 18-Feb-14 10:36:36

I thought it was the teabags so made a coffee instead and its the same. A horrible bitter taste that sticks to my tongue.

Does it mean the kettle needs replacing? Or is it something else?

SundaySimmons Tue 18-Feb-14 10:38:00

Do you de scale it?

Is it furry inside?

EatShitDerek Tue 18-Feb-14 10:38:46

I haven't even looked inside blush

I don't use it often. I will go look now.

MikeLitoris Tue 18-Feb-14 10:39:19

Last time my tea tasted funny it was because I was pregnant.

BetterWithCheese Tue 18-Feb-14 10:42:36

I was going to say the same as Mike. Couldn't drink tea for both pregnancies as it tasted so awful.

TurnOffTheTv Tue 18-Feb-14 10:43:47

Time for a pregnancy test not a kettle smile

EatShitDerek Tue 18-Feb-14 10:45:12

No chance of pregnancy. If so I am carrying the second Jesus. grin If I am then I would be overdue.

Looked inside, not furry but has a coating of something at the bottom.

There was a net thing at the bit where the water comes out. It had bits on it so took that out and cleaned it.

TerribleMother Tue 18-Feb-14 10:45:31

Yip, was going to say POAS. Metallic taste, not enjoying tea and coffee. Bet dh doesn't think it tastes bad! grin

EatShitDerek Tue 18-Feb-14 10:46:16

Its very bitter, makes me cough. I think if someone else tried it they would taste it. I drink tea and coffee everywhere else with no issue.

RegainingUnconsciousness Tue 18-Feb-14 10:46:17

Check your milk - that's always what it is for me.

EatShitDerek Tue 18-Feb-14 10:47:23

Milks fine. I tried that first grin

It appears to be the water so must be the kettle.

tb Tue 18-Feb-14 10:51:24

Do you always empty out your kettle before boiling the water?

We've found that re-boiling water gives a horrid taste to coffee.

leadrightfoot Tue 18-Feb-14 10:53:27

have you tried water straight from the tap? Does it taste the same? There is a lot of disruption to water systems at present so may be this.
Try boiling water in a pan and make tea is that the same outcome?
Try bottle water boiled in pan and kettle compare?
Descale kettle and make sure to rinse thoroughly

EatShitDerek Tue 18-Feb-14 10:54:31

How does one descale? blush

I had only just filled the kettle as its not used often.

I can drink the water from the tap and tastes fine

loveliesbleeding1 Tue 18-Feb-14 11:03:46

If you buy a kettle descaler in a little packet at the supermarket, it has the instructions on, there is a way to descale with vinegar, but I am pretty sure that takes overnight.

EatShitDerek Tue 18-Feb-14 11:38:55

I will get the descaler.

I was looking forward to that coffee as well.

EatShitDerek Tue 18-Feb-14 11:39:14

I will get the descaler.

I was looking forward to that coffee as well.

EatShitDerek Thu 20-Feb-14 10:47:22

I'm guessing you are all on tenterhooks to see what the cause was.

It was a unclean kettle blush

Cleaned it this morning and currently enjoying a lovely bitter taste free coffee

SundaySimmons Thu 20-Feb-14 10:57:12

Thank you for the update!

Always check kettles in hotel rooms! Some are diabolical!

EatShitDerek Thu 20-Feb-14 11:06:31

I am ashamed. I never actually thought kettle needed cleaning, I thought they were clean as they had boiled water in them blush

That's how little I use them.

Pregnancy comments made me laugh at least. Think if there was a chance I could then I'd have freaked grin

sunshinemmum Thu 20-Feb-14 11:26:14

A cheap water filter would stop it scaling up in future. We have just bought one for the same reason.

loveliesbleeding1 Fri 21-Feb-14 14:52:39

Ah, thanks for the uodate, and enjoy your futurebrew!!

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