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.
When consumed properly, coffee can be a healthy part of a mixed diet. Coffee by itself is not unhealthy, but adding too much cream or sugar can make it so. To make it healthier, try using almond milk, honey, or stevia instead of your normal coffee additions.
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.
Airtight containers are the best place to store coffee. If the beans are exposed to too much air, they will go stale and your coffee will taste terrible. Get the coffee out of the bag that it came in, because once those seals have been broken, air will come in. The valves on those bags are designed to let air come out after cooling from the roasting process.
Try to avoid coffee grounds that have been grown around pesticides. Coffee tends to soak up whatever is around it. Coffee that was grown organically will brew the best tasting cup.
If you loved your coffee on ice, try cold-brewing your own coffee concentrated. There are many recipes available online; Most entail mixing a few cups of water into several ounces of ground coffee, allowing the mixture to sit overnight. When the grounds are strained out, you are left with a smooth, rich concentrate that can be diluted with milk or water and ice.
You do not need to tip the barista at a coffee shop the same percentage as you do a waitress or a hairdresser. Your hairdresser has to understand precisely what you want and then do it, and a waitress has multiple tables to keep up with exactly everyone’s order. Your barista mixes up one cup at a time, so do not feel guilty for tipping him or her less. Still, do throw a few coins in the tip jar frequently.
Buying pre-made coffee or espresso can be a treat that will cost you a bit of cash. There are a lot of delicious choices and you can top your treat with whipped cream and chocolate curls, or choose a frothy cup of espresso.
Try using coffee when cooking meats. When you think of coffee in foods, you typically think of a flavor that is rather strong. In desserts, that’s definitely true. But when you use coffee as a rub for red meat, it actually brings out the flavor of the meat itself, making for a much tastier meal.
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.