Here are a few quick hacks to get the most out of your cups of coffee.
1.) At a coffee shop like Starbucks, ask for "kids temperature" to avoid it being burning hot.
2.) Fake a latte at home by using a milk frother and a microwave. This quick video explains nicely.
3.) If you still use a drip coffeemaker, rinse the filters with hot water every morning before brewing. It will taste so much better.
4.) Use filtered or spring water when brewing your cup of Joe. It will give it a less mineral-y taste. Small difference, but if you go that way for a while and switch back---you'll totally be able to tell.
5.) Add spices directly to your grounds to customize the flavor experience. Things like nutmeg or cinnamon can be totally game changing and help you avoid adding any sugar to your cup. Play around with it and experiment. It's a lot of fun and you'll eventually fall in love with some crazy combination...
6.) Scientist discovered that drinking coffee at non-optimal times means the caffeine will do less of its job. The best times to drink it, if you're someone who gets up between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
7.) Not exactly coffee, but when you order iced tea at a coffee shop, ask for no water for a stronger caffeination and taste. You'll get more bang for your buck.
8.) Add a pinch of salt. It opens up the flavors in the same way salted carmel or salted dark chocolate does. It's really great.
9.) Unless you're buying in crazy bulk, don't keep your beans in the freezer. Instead, keep them sealed in an airtight container. A freezer will add ice crystals to the beans and (usually) dry them out.
10.) Instead of throwing unused coffee down the drain, pour it in an ice cube tray and freeze it. Throw the cubes in a glass once frozen with some milk and you'll have yourself an easy-as-pie ice latte.
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