Re: RARA-AVIS: Practical tips from hardboiled dicks

From: James Rogers (
Date: 06 Nov 2000

>I don't drink coffee and I've never used this myself. All the people
>whom I've asked have said that they don't know the trick. In some Archer
>novel by Macdonald Archer asks for coffee and ham and eggs. The butler
>of the house Archer is currently working in says that there's only
>coffee that has been left overnight in the percolator. Archer
>says: "Warm it up and put some salt in it. It will take away the bitter
>taste." I have forgotten the name of the book, but it was Lew alright.

     Yeah. This is old stuff in certain parts of the States. I used to always use a pinch of salt when I was making coffee. Though it is somewhat dated now, you are also supposed to make coffee with broken eggshells in the grounds (don't overdo this, though. One shell per pot is OK).


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