Coffee. For many, the mere mention of the word evokes memories of deeply rich aromas and fulfilling flavors. According to USA Today, 83% of adults in the U.S. drink coffee. Within this large demographic are people with all sorts of different taste profiles and preferences. But regardless of how you like your coffee, there are always ways of making it better. This article provides simple but very effective tips for making your coffee taste better. Whether you're a social drinker or an “every morning” drinker, we hope the information below will give you better tasting coffee, a better coffee experience, and ultimately an increased quality of life 🙂
The Importance of Water
Most people assume coffee beans themselves are solely responsible for the taste of a cup of coffee. However, the water in which your coffee is made will have a big effect on the overall taste and flavor. Let's not forget coffee is a liquid first. Make sure you make your coffee with water that you're comfortable drinking on its own. If you live in an area where the water quality isn't that great, use spring water to brew your coffee. If you live in an area where the water is great, try purchasing mineralized water from the store to experience the difference in taste and tecture. Simply put, better water will make better coffee.
Don't have the time to brew coffee?
If time is of the essence, consider using single serve coffee pods or K cups® . Coffee pods allow you to get great tasting coffee within a few minutes. Coffee Pod technology has grown tremendously over the past few years and it's possible to get pretty much any flavor of coffee in this form. This highly convenient method of drinking coffee has revolutionized the industry on many different levels. You will need a specialized coffee pod brewing machine. Many people will attest to the fact that single serve pods often make for better coffee than much of the coffee served in cafes or restaurants.
Do you enjoy the fancy beverages you can get in coffee shops? You can make most of these beverages at home if you have milk, cream and chocolate syrup. Use the Internet to find tutorials on how to make your favorite drinks and with a little practice, you will be able to make the same beverages you can get at your favorite coffee shop. Personally, this is where I think a lot of fun can be had. I've often found myself as a miniature “mad scientist” in mixing different ingredients to fulfill my unique coffee cravings.
Storage Tips for Better Coffee
Always store your coffee beans or grinds in a dark, cool, airtight container. If you have a vacuum container, that'll make for even better coffee. Storing your coffee in such a container helps keep your coffee smelling and tasting fresh for a long time. Store the container in the fridge or freezer to maximize freshness.
Buying Fresh Coffee
If you want to freshest coffee possible, buy a coffee grinder and buy whole bean coffee. There is simply is no substitute for the taste of freshly ground beans. If you don't have a coffee grinder, you can still buy whole beans as most supermarkets have grinders that you can use to grind your coffee purchase before you leave the store.
In all honesty though, if you're going to go the whole bean route, it's well worth investing in a quality grinder. You'll immediately discover that different grinds yield drastically different results. When you're shopping for the best coffee grinder, look for a grinder that has grinding burrs that are flat or conical. Grinders in these two shapes generate less heat than grinders of other shapes. This will keep the coffee unadulterated and more pure. Grinders that have blades do not produce a consistent grind.
A great tip to remember if you're after the best-tasting cup of coffee is not to let your coffee sit for an extended period of time. Coffee will only stay fresh for about ten minutes so you should be prepared to drink your coffee right after it's been brewed. Obviously, no one wants to drink coffee within a fixed time. If you have the budget for it, you can buy a specialty mugs or thermoses that are designed to keep liquids hot for a long time.
This many seem like common sense, but make sure that you refrain from combining coffee beans from different brands. Not only will the flavor be different, but you will also be combining two sets of coffees that have different expiration dates and levels of freshness. Stick with the same brand and the same bag of coffee beans each time.
At the end of the day, coffee is kind of like sushi. It's either really bad or really good. The above tips will hopefully ensure that all of your coffee will be the latter and not the former. Elevating your coffee drinking experience isn't hard and having better coffee is something all coffee drinkers should be invested in. You don't have to buy the most expensive coffee or coffee machines to get the refined experience you're looking for. It's just about taking more care in the little things in the coffee process. Those little things definitely add up and can completely transform your coffee drinking experience.