Are You Drinking Your Coffee Wrong?

wrongcoffeeThat does sound harsh, doesn’t it–to be told that the way you are consuming coffee is wrong? How we drink coffee is all about personal preference and therefore, opinion, right? So how can we be wrong?

Buzzfeed created a nifty little video that shows 5 ways they claim you are drinking your coffee “wrong,” but what they really mean is they have five tips to help you get the most out of your coffee! A few of these tips we’ve gone over before, but a couple were complete news to me.

Watch the video below, or skip to our written summary with other tips if you can’t or don’t want to watch a video. We get it.

Don’t Drink Old Coffee

We’ve gone over the tip for making coffee ice cubes before to help prevent your iced coffee from getting watered down. Using old coffee is a far better idea than brewing a whole new pot of coffee just for the iced cubes. It cuts down on waste, for starters. However, Buzzfeed introduced another idea for the iced coffee cubes–use them to make a quick iced latte. Fill your glass with the iced coffee cubes and pour milk over it.

Don’t Force Yourself to Power Through Bitter Coffee

Does someone in the office like the coffee to slap them in the face in the morning? Did they brew the pot before you got there? It happens. Instead of forcing yourself to burn through it, because my God, you need that jolt today, add a pinch of salt to the coffee! It sounds disgusting, but adding just a pinch, JUST A PINCH, will naturally counteract the bitterness.

Don’t Dump Sweeteners in Your Coffee

You like your coffee to be a little sweet? That’s exactly what the creamers are for. However, if you’re dumping in loads of creamer and sugar, perhaps you need to change how you’re brewing your coffee. When grinding the beans, add some natural flavors into the whole beans before grinding. For example, add some cinnamon stick flakes or orange zest or tear up a few mint leaves. Now your coffee has some natural sweetness ground in, perfect for adding in some cream (but not sugar!).

Don’t Add Cold Milk to Coffee

This tip essentially teaches you how to make a foamy latte without a cappuccino machine. Pour the milk into a mason jar, shake vigorously for 30 seconds, pop it into the microwave for 30 seconds, and then you have “steamed” milk with foam that you can top on your coffee.

Avoid Old Coffee

So we know that you should freeze your old coffee into ice cube trays, but how can you tell if the coffee is old? Obviously, this is simple to tell at your own home, but at the office? That’s a different beast. The video shows how you can use two Styrofoam cups to keep track of the age of the coffee. You’re going to have to watch the video for this one; it’s quite handy and it’s hard to explain without seeing it.

Now the trick here is to get everyone in your office to adhere to the cup timer.

Do you have any other coffee life hacks you want to share? Leave them in the comments below!

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