A cup of coffee is one of the best ways to start your day. But not all coffees are created equal, and there’s a lot you can do to make your morning brew taste just right. This article will tell you how!
1. Make Your Own Coffee Syrup
You might think that store-bought syrup is just as good as homemade, but it’s not even close. Homemade syrup has more flavor than packaged syrups because store-bought versions are made with corn syrup instead of real sugar. The corn syrup doesn’t provide the same depth or complexity in flavor that sugar does, which means these syrups often have an artificial sweetener aftertaste. To make your own delicious syrup at home, combine two cups of sugar with one cup of water and bring it to a boil until the sugar dissolves. Then, turn off the heat and allow it to cool for at least one hour or more (if possible). Before using, strain out any little crystals that formed during cooling so your syrup doesn’t have any grainy texture. Use within two weeks.
2. Froth Perfectly
You can make frothed milk at home with any kind of container, but you’ll get the best results if you use a stainless steel pitcher, like the one pictured here . To make frothed milk in this type of pitcher, place it in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Then, remove the top and mix rapidly with a small whisk until it has doubled in volume. For perfect results, use one part milk to three parts cream.
3. Get Hot Water
If you’re like millions of Americans and drink your coffee black (no sugar), then chances are that you need to add hot water before making your morning brew. But adding hot water dilutes the flavor of your coffee, so you should use water that is just off the boil to get stronger-tasting coffee.
4. Boost Flavor With Instant Coffee
If you want a quick burst of flavor in your cup but don’t want to brew an entire pot, try this trick: add a teaspoon of instant coffee to your cup and add hot water. Instant coffee is made from the essence of brewed coffee before most of the liquid is removed, so it can add a strong flavor to your morning cup without making you wait for a whole pot to brew.
5. Experiment With Roast
If you want perfect tasting coffee but don’t want to go to a crowded shop, then try experimenting with roast. Light-roast coffee has more caffeine than dark-roasted coffee, but it also tastes less bitter and the flavors are more subtle. Dark-roast coffee is bolder tasting because it is roasted gently for longer periods of time, which also means it has less caffeine.
But, it also tastes stronger. So don’t be afraid to try both styles to see which one you prefer!
6. Watch Water Temperature
The temperature of your water is just as important as the quality of your coffee beans when brewing at home. If the water is too hot, then all of the flavor will dissolve out of it before you can get it into your cup. If the water is too cold, then no flavor at all will be released. With this in mind, you should boil water before using it to brew coffee; if you’re boiling water for more than one purpose (tea, soup), then let some of it cool to room temperature before brewing with it.
Keep in mind that while some people swear by boiling water for coffee, many people will tell you the opposite. So experiment with both methods to see what tastes best to you.
7. Heat Your Cup
If your favorite mug isn’t quite keepin’ your coffee hot enough, then try heating it up before adding your brew. A quick way to do this is to fill it with hot water. The more hot water you use, the longer your coffee will stay hot.
8. Don’t Skimp on Filters
Coffee filters are cheap, so don’t skimp when buying them for your kitchen. Cheap filters lead to leaks and inferior-tasting coffee, while high quality ones will keep your drink strong and flavor-packed.
9. Invest in a Filter Machine
If you’re sick of wasting paper filters and don’t want to buy a reusable one, then consider buying a filter machine that costs less than $100. These machines use permanent or disposable metal filters and can be found in most home goods stores. They look kind of like a French press, but they work without the effort.
10. Stir Your Grounds Into Water
If you use an automatic drip machine then chances are that you’re wasting a lot of coffee because most machines don’t let all of the grounds mix with the water in its tank. To solve this problem, simply run your used filter under warm water and swirl the grounds around in it. Then, simply dump your coffee grinds and enjoy a perfectly-brewed cup of Joe!
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