We can all agree that coffee is a wonderful, wonderful thing. Most of us coffee aficionados live for our daily cups of coffee. If we could make that experience better, why wouldn’t we? Here are a few coffee hacks to try to improve upon your next cup or perhaps make your daily ritual a little easier.
Rinse coffee filters before using.
As you may have seen from our post last week, when brewing via the pour-over method, it’s best to rinse out the coffee filter to remove that starchy flavor before adding in the coffee grounds and hot water. Why not do the same when using an automatic coffeemaker?
Rinse the filters using hot water before placing them in your coffeemaker, and we can guarantee you’ll taste a difference.
Use cinnamon instead of sugar.
If you’re trying to cut back on sugar and excess calories, try using cinnamon in your next cup instead of sugar.
Is your coffee too bitter? Add in a pinch of salt.
Instead of dumping in more sugar or creamer into you coffee to counteract the bitter taste, sprinkle in a pinch of salt. It’s important to use just a pinch or your coffee will taste salty. The salt naturally counteracts against the bitter flavors.
Make a fake latté.
It’s easy to make a fake latté at home, even without a fancy cappuccino machine. Pour some milk in a jar or glass container with a lid, and shake it for about thirty seconds. Take off the lid, and heat it in the microwave for another thirty seconds. Fill your cup three-quarters full of coffee, add in the warm milk, and use a spoon to scoop the foam on top.
Flavor your beans, not your mug.
Before grinding your beans, sprinkle in some orange zest, chocolate, cinnamon, or vanilla extract into your beans. Grinding it all together will produce that subtle hints of flavor naturally, without adding extra sugar to your cup!
Clean your coffee machine.
Brewing coffee over time will leave a residue and affect the taste of your next pot. Once a month, clean your machine by filling the reservoir chamber with half water and half white vinegar. Run it through, and then run 2-3 more cycles using fresh water. Don’t forget to wash the carafe between each pot of coffee brewed.
Six super simple coffee hacks to give you a better tasting cup of coffee! Let us know if you tried any and if you noticed a difference.