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.
It is a bad idea to let coffee sit on a hot burner after brewing. Keeping the heat on will cause your coffee to “cook,” and will ruin its freshly-brewed flavor. Instead, unplug your coffee-maker or other appliance, or transfer the coffee to an insulated pot to keep it hot.
Do not leave your coffee open any longer than necessary. While preparing your coffee, don’t open the can or bag until you are ready to scoop. Immediately after scooping, close the coffee container. This will keep your coffee fresher longer. It also keeps the flavor and aroma from evaporating in the air.
To save money by buying bulk coffee without sacrificing flavor, measure out what you plan to use immediately and store it at room temperature. Coffee tastes best when it is brewed from room temperature grounds. Coffee you plan to use within the next week can go in the refrigerator, and the remaining beans or grounds should go in the freezer.
Test out your coffee maker before actually brewing any coffee. Always remove any oils and residues left over from the manufacturing process by running a pot of plain water through your new machine. This will remove any dust or dirt it gathered sitting on a store shelf.
Using quality water with your coffee maker can really help your coffee to taste its best. Your coffee is only as tasty as the water it’s made with. You may want to have a taste of the water before putting in the coffee maker to brew.
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.
Don’t just default to storing your coffee in your freezer. Coffee is able to take on the flavor and smells of things around it. Keeping your coffee in an opaque, airtight container is a great place to store your coffee; make sure it is room temperature. Use a sealed and air-tight freezer bag if you still plan on refrigerating or freezing it.
You can make froth for your coffee from milk at home! Just heat it in a ceramic or glass mug just to the point of steaming. Use your hands to quickly rotate a kitchen whisk in the hot milk. When it is foamy, you are done. Using 2 percent milk or creamer to get the best results.
Do not buy purchase coffee that has packaged beans and is pre-flavored. These coffees are made using oil that is hard to clean out of a coffee pot. They will also affect future pots of coffee that you make, giving each subsequent cup a funny taste. Furthermore, the flavors these coffees are made with tend not to taste good anyway.
Coffee starts to lose flavor about six hours after it is initially roasted. This is why you should do everything you can to keep your coffee from getting a lot of air. When you store your coffee, use an airtight container so you can keep the quality of each cup at a high level.
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.