It didn't take me long to learn to like it. Part of the reason it smelled and tasted funny to me initially was that my grains were adjusting to their new environment. After a couple of batches, I found it much more pleasant, but I still didn't care to drink it plain. I like to add a bit of juice to sweeten it, about 2 oz. juice per 8 oz. kefir. My favorite juices to add are coconut, mango, and papaya.