Do you love how refreshing coffee is in the morning? Join the crowd! Is your life so hectic that you just buy the same old coffee out of habit? Why not try all the options out there? Keep this advice in mind as you enjoy your coffee.
Consider using Stevia instead of sugar in your coffee if you’re watching your weight or suffer from diabetes. Stevia is a plant-based product that adds sweetness without introducing additional glucose. Most supermarkets and niche health stores offer Stevia.
Coffee is pretty good for you if you lay off the extras. Coffee alone is not that bad, but added cream and sugar are dangerous. Natural sweeteners like honey or stevia can be added in place of unhealthy items.
When purchasing coffee beans, don’t keep them inside the same bag you bought them in after opening them. It is important that you place them inside of a container that will keep air and light away from them. Doing this will greatly increase the chance that your beans will remain fresh for an extended amount of time.
When purchasing a new coffee maker, always give it a trial run. This simply means that you should run water through the machine as though you were indeed brewing coffee. By cycling water through your machine, you will clean out any dust or dirt that got into the machine during manufacturing and transport.
If you refrigerate your coffee, be sure the container is airtight. Otherwise, your coffee can absorb odors from the other food in the fridge. It can also let moisture in when it is not properly sealed.
To make delicious coffee, good water is critical. Consider putting in bottled H2O; while you may cringe a little at the thought of spending money for water, it will make a big difference in the way your coffee tastes. Alternatively, consider purchasing a water purifier to filter the water. You will not get the same taste as bottled but it will be better than tap water.
Put your money into a standard coffee grinder. Freshly ground beans retain more oil and will produce a richer, more aromatic cup of coffee. Most coffee grinders have a “coarseness” setting that lets you brew your coffee in different ways. There are also coffee machines that come equipped with grinders already.
If you like a strong cup of coffee, rich with flavor, consider buying a French press. This press will squeeze out more oil from the beans into the cup. Traditional coffee machines contain paper filters that remove the oils during brewing.
Buying coffee at a cafe is expensive, but it can be a fun experience on occasion. For a sumptuous topping, why not use flavored whipped creams, chocolate shavings or ground nutmeg. You might also spring for a delicious espresso.
Do not reheat your coffee after you have brewed it. Use a thermal mug to keep the coffee hot for long periods. If you can’t do this, think about making another pot of coffee instead.
You do not need a pricey machine to froth milk for your coffee. Just heat up the milk in the microwave until it is steaming. Then, use a whisk, rocking its handle to and fro between your palms. Do this until you have a foamy milk. Use 2 percent, whole milk, or half-and-half for the best results.
Never store coffee near your oven. Heat is one of the things that can kill the quality of coffee quite easily. That is why the counter or cabinet near the stove is a bad place for your coffee.
Do you find it difficult to get coffee shop quality coffee? One thing you could do is use a larger amount of coffee beans. Most coffee shops use two tablespoons of coffee for six ounces of water. Experiment with your own ratios until you find your magic number that gives you the flavor you’re looking for.
With the concepts in this piece in mind, hopefully you have the confidence to try some new things. What else are you interested in trying? Perhaps you have friends and coworkers who also are passionate about coffee. Go take her on a romantic outing to the coffee store — and to a new coffee lounge.