Growing up in the San Francisco area I remember crossing the bay bridge on foggy mornings with the smell of the Coffee Roasting Plant drifting up from under the bridge at the San Francisco end. Rich, full, luxuriant, coffee smells like chocolate tastes. Unfortunately for me the taste of coffee has none of the depth, the subtleties, the scope that the smell has. I only taste one flavor. Bitter.
It doesn't matter how much milk or sugar I add, it doesn't matter if it has been turned into a rich dessert like tiramisu or a coffee candy, or coffee ice cream. The bitterness is pervasive. Not a light bitterness that can lend an interesting edge to a dish. No, this is a medicinal level of bitterness, like drinking a beverage brewed from aspirin.
And it's not just 'cheap' coffee. I live in Hawaii, I've had really really good coffee. I've had light roast, medium roast, dark roast, French roast. Fresh ground, course ground, fine ground. I've had coffee with no film on the surface of the cup to coffee that looked like it had an oil slick on it.
I've had instant coffee, coffee machine coffee, k-cup coffee, percolator coffee, thai coffee, vietnamese coffee, espresso, mocha, latte, etc. So lets not get into the "but you have never had the coffee at Demel's in Vienna or whatever (actually I did try coffee with pastry at Demel's in Vienna, I didn't like it, ruined the delicate flavor of the pastry.)
I'm not interested in learning to love coffee - I'm fully aware of what I'm missing. I'm just wondering if I'm the only one who doesn't like the stuff.