No one deserves less-than-stellar coffee.
Posted on March 27, 2017, 14:01 GMT
1. Stop storing your beans in the
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Fun fact: Keeping your beans or grounds in the freezer
keeps them cold, not fresh. You want to keep beans (or
grounds) away from heat, light, air, and moisture. Choose
an airtight jar like this one from Amazon ($9) and keep it
in a cabinet away from direct sunlight and the stove.
Better yet, get an opaque container like this one
from Amazon ($21).
2. Make your own flavored
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You can adjust the amount of sweetener to your liking and
make any flavor you want. Check out some recipes here.
3. Or add some cinnamon to your coffee
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The quickest and easiest way to breathe new life into
coffee that’s not the freshest, or is just kinda
low-quality to begin with, is to add a pinch of cinnamon
to the grounds (before you add water).
Or get more adventurous by adding cloves, nutmeg, and/or
4. Reduce bitterness with a pinch of
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Adding a bit of salt before you add water to your grinds
should make the coffee taste a little less bitter.
5. Make some smooth and delicious cold
brew for drinking iced or hot.
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Did you know: Cold brew describes a no-heat brewing
method, not a coffee that you must drink cold/over ice?
Cold brewing involves letting grounds steep in water for
a loooong time (at least 12 hours), which results in a
very smooth brew. All you need is a jar, water, and
coarsely ground beans. (Here’s how to do it.) Once you brew,
you’ll have a concentrate that you can drink straight if
you dare, or add ice, water, or milk to. And you can heat
it up if you want to drink it hot. The world is your
6. Skip the store-bought stuff and make
your own flavored creamer.
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Storebought creamer has added sugar and oils, some of
which can contain trans fats (which are
pretty bad for your health).
To make your own, just add a drop of vanilla or almond
extract to your cream along with a bit of your favorite
sweetener. You can also use sweetened condensed milk for
Here are some recipes for that.
7. Or, if you’re more of a non-dairy
drinker, try your own vanilla cashew milk.
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Not all non-dairy milks are to be scoffed at when it
comes to coffee. Making your own cashew milk or cream is
easy and the result is creamy and de-freaking-licious.
Here’s a recipe for vanilla cashew
8. Make ice cubes out of coffee instead
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Iced coffee season is year round; don’t let melty cubes
water down your brew! Just make coffee, pour it in ice
cube trays, and freeze.
9. You can also freeze cubes of milk
and a bit of sweetener.
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Chill down your iced coffee with a combo of cubes
— black, light, sweetened.
10. Make a timer out of two cups so you
can track how long a pot has been sitting there.
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Never again pour a mug of mud from a pot that your
roommate brewed a zillion hours ago. You can also buy a
timer, like this one from Amazon ($10).
11. Add warm, frothy milk to your coffee
by shaking it up in a mason jar before microwaving it.
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Warm milk > cold milk. And if you put the milk in a
covered mason jar, shake it up, remove the cover and
microwave it, you’ll have yourself some DIY frothy milk.
12. Blend butter and / or coconut oil
into your coffee.
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Butter coffee (a.k.a. Bulletproof coffee) is coffee
that’s blended with grassfed butter and coconut oil or a
coconut oil derivative. It’s a frothy, deliciously fatty,
and filling way to start the day. You can read all about
how to do it and why you’d want to
13. Get a really good travel mug.
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Invest in a spillproof travel mug that will keep your
coffee hot for hours, like this one
from Amazon ($25).
14. Scrub the inside of your coffee mugs
with baking soda.
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Baking soda + water + the rough side of a sponge will
remove coffee stains, even on old AF white mugs.
15. And generally just keep your
coffee-making stuff clean.
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When sediment from water builds up inside your machines,
or the oils from beans get rancid inside your grinder or
machine, you’re going to start tasting some pretty funky
coffee. Exorcise the ghosts of brews past with some
simple cleaning techniques you can do every once in a
while. Everything will just taste (and look) so much
• Clean stainless steel travel mugs, thermoses, and
carafes with baking soda, white vinegar, and a scrub
• Clean auto-drip machines by first running a solution of
equal parts white vinegar and water through the brewing
process. Then run plain water through it.
• Clean your coffee grinder regularly with a brush
like this one from Amazon ($10), and every once
in a while grind up white rice in there to absorb
16. Reheat your coffee over low heat on
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Nuking your coffee in the microwave makes it taste nice
‘n stale. Putting it over a high heat burns the shit out
of it. Heat it slowly over a low heat and it’ll be
warmer and not gross. Win win.
17. But actually let your coffee cool
off for a bit before you drink it.
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Obviously tepid coffee is a punishment created by
Mephistopheles himself. But it turns out that piping hot
coffee doesn’t taste as good as coffee that is slightly
less scalding. A couple different studies have shown (and professional
coffee people agree) super hot coffee can taste
stronger and more bitter, while coffee that has cooled a
little has better, more complex flavor. So, basically,
chill for a couple minutes after you pour.
18. Rinse your mug with warm water
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Don’t let your cold mug bring your coffee’s temperature
(and therefore your carefree spirit) way down.
19. Pair your coffee with a quick
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Did you know that drinking a cup of coffee or a couple
shots of espresso and immediately lying down for a
20-minute nap can turn you into the most awake superhero?
Read all about it
20. Choose just one part of your home
brewing process to improve.
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You can get better or fresher coffee, or start grinding
your beans at home, or try a different brew method to see
if you like the taste better. You can try different
roasts. Shit, you can really lean in and roast your own beans. BUT: you
don’t have to do all this stuff all at once. Choose one
part of the process to hack and go from there.
To get started, here is a really great (if dense)
explainer on all the factors that affect the quality of
your brew. Here’s a bunch of top notch coffee
accessories (along with more affordable alternatives).
And you can learn about brewing methods here. Read up on the difference
between light and dark roasts here.
21. And, finally, collect mugs that make
you feel something every time you reach for them.
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Maybe you’re anticipating major drama coming your way and
you need a mug that reminds you to say “Not today,
Satan.” Or you have a ton of work to get done and you
need to get through it the way the tireless Leslie Knope
would; by visualizing the waffles at the end of the
(Get both mugs on Etsy; the “Not today, Satan” mug
here and the JJ’s Diner mug here.)
The point is, your mug should help you channel the energy
you’ll need to get through the day, which is something
that happens according to science that I just made up.
So, choose wisely.
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