Coffee. For many, the mere mention of the word evokes memories of rich aromas and fulfilling flavors. 83% of adults in the U.S. drink coffee according to USA Today. While there's no question the caffeine boost is a big incentive to drink it, it also taste really really good. This article provides tips on getting your coffee to taste even 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 🙂
Most people understandably assume that 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. 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 no substitute for the taste of freshly ground beans. If you can't afford a coffee grinder, you can still buy whole beans. Most supermarkets have grinders that you can use to grind your coffee purchase before you leave the store.
When you are 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.
The price of ground coffee has increased considerably over the past year. Even if you grind it yourself, the coffee beans have also increased in price. Often times, less expensive coffee can taste just as good as higher priced brands. However, it will most likely take some trial and error before you find the one you like. With the advent of single serve coffee pods, variety packs k cup packs have become even more popular making it easier to sample different types of coffee. Consider buying these k-cup variety packs to experiment with the different available coffee flavors on the market.
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.