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Why we can't stand lukewarm coffee

india Updated: Apr 05, 2012 17:19 IST

Have you ever wondered why coffee tastes great when hot or iced? But anything in between is nothing less than yuck.

According to Life's Little Mysteries, one of the reasons could be that our taste buds work in different temperatures. When the food is particulary hot or cold, we tend to not pick up on certain flavours. The researchers say that we might not pick up the bitterness of coffee when it is too hot or cold.

"Odours influence coffee flavor very strongly, and it is easy to go from sublime to horrible," notes a psychologist. Therefore, another reason could be that we may like hot coffee in part because of its aroma, reports Life's Little Mysteries.

Lastly, hot coffee could be a distraction from the bitter taste.

In a small survey of 42 people by Life's Little Mysteries, 79 percent said they like hot coffee best, while 19 percent prefer iced coffee. Though one survey respondent said she would "rather eat glass" than drink room-temperature coffee, another person actually reported liking lukewarm coffee best of all.