Coffee is just so refreshing isn’t it? You may wonder how you can enjoy your coffee differently than you do. Be sure that you haven’t explored every option available to you. Continue reading to find out just how you can spice up that next cup of joe in the morning.
If you must add something creamy to your coffee, consider using real milk instead of whitener. Whitener is a frightening blend of ingredients you can’t pronounce, while milk of any sort – be it cream, homo, 2% or skim – provides protein, vitamin B12 and other great nutrients your body needs.
If you want great coffee at home you have a couple choices. You can invest in either an espresso machine, or one of the new single serve coffee makers. The espresso machine will require a bit of a learning curve as you learn to properly brew espresso and steam milk, but can be a great way to impress your friends.
Are you inviting company over for coffee? You should try decorating the lattes you make by yourself. A bit of practice will help you create flowers or leaves, and you will impress your guests. Mix milk with melted chocolate, then practice when you make coffee.
Avoid storing your coffee in the freezer. The extreme temperatures of the freezer will destroy the oils in the coffee. Instead, drink what you have or buy smaller amounts of coffee. If you do not buy too much coffee, you will not need to worry about storing it for an extended period of time.
If you like strong coffee, a French press is a must. French presses squeeze out the oils that flavor coffee. Traditional coffee machines contain paper filters that remove the oils during brewing.
If you normally drink coffee at home but are getting tired of the same-old tastes, keep an eye open when you pass by coffee shops and houses. Coffee shops have new flavors and drinks they release and test out all the time, particularly seasonally. Summer’s offerings happen frequently, and many even have “happy hour” discounts during deader hours of the day.
For the best tasting cup of coffee, use beans that have been roasted quite recently. Look at the expiration date when buying whole beans. Rather than purchasing coffee beans at a grocery store, consider a coffee shop or other specialty store.
If you want to be treated to a different flavor of coffee every morning, but you do not have the funds to make the daily trip to a cafe, you should try buying coffee creamer that has the flavors you want. They are not very expensive and you can use a different one every day to mix things up a bit.
To get the broadest exposure to different coffee types, consider participating in a tasting. This is a low-cost way for you to try a wide variety of beans. Tastings also give you the opportunity to see how each bean is best brewed. Do not be afraid to ask your barista for other recommendations based on what you like or dislike.
Do you like your coffee with artificial sweetener? These things alter your coffee’s flavor and cause it to taste bland. Raw sugar or honey both provide a better natural alternative. If you cannot forego sweetener, try to use less of it.
If you do not grind your own coffee, you should consider doing so. The best and most flavorful cup of coffee will come from freshly ground beans. Coffee grinders are not very expensive and this extra step only takes a minute. You will notice the difference in taste from your very first cup.
If you are grinding your own coffee, the medium grind is preferable for regular purposes. It works great for the home drip brewer. It should be around the consistency of common table salt when you are done. Practice with your own machine until you learn what produces flavors you prefer.
Do you have a sweet tooth but don’t want to use sugar? Warm up milk and mix it with your coffee. Warm milk imparts a sweet flavor that takes the place of cream. It is a healthy alternative to both cream and sugar.
Try not to drink coffee after 3 pm. Coffee late in the day can keep you up at night. Consider stopping your coffee intake by late afternoon and investigate methods of getting better sleep.
Is coffee breaking your budget? Simply purchasing a travel mug and a coffee maker can save you big money. Making your own coffee is also much faster than stopping by the coffee shop.
Now are you excited? Get pumped, and go buy that gourmet blend you’ve been wanting to try. Experiment with different flavors, add some different ingredients to your coffee. Heck, even through it on some ice! Remember what you’ve read here as you jump out of bed tomorrow for that fresh cup of coffee.