the other day i was reading a message board and learned from an ol' trucker that putting in a dash of salt takes out the bitterness of often stale and burnt gas station coffee. since m wakes up earlier than i and makes coffee before i'm up - by the time i get to it it's usually a little well-done so this morning i gave the salt a go - works like a charm! not perfect, but certainly much better. more interesting bits about it here. (apparently, this is also why some folks salt their beers - especially cheap domestics - it takes out the skunkiness and adds the illusion of body. i always salt the tops of my pbr's or high life's though milton scrunches his nose at it. plus it keeps him from sneaking sips of my beer.)