A whole bunch of coffee hacks to make your 2021 a bit easier.
Add Baking Soda!
If you’re stuck at home with bitter coffee, try adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your coffee grounds before brewing. The baking soda neutralizes some of the acidity, making the coffee smoother and easier to drink! A pinch of salt can work in the same way. This works great for cheap dark roast coffee. Another simple solution is to try Split Rock Coffee’s dark roast, which is extremely low in both acidity and caffeine, making it the coffee you can truly drink all day long.
Try Dairy-Free Creamer
Dairy-free cream substitutes are a great option for people looking for an extra bit of flavor. Nut milk typically contains a hint of sweetness from the nuts and spices. You may not get the silkiness associated with dairy milk, but many dairy-free alternatives offer a unique set of flavors to complement your coffee.
Store Your Beans Safely
Storing your beans in the freezer only makes them cold, it does not seal in freshness. To keep your coffee beans as fresh as possible, use an airtight container and store in a cabinet out of direct sunlight. This keeps the beans safe from air, light, heat, and moisture, ensuring your beans or ground beans stay as fresh as possible!
Warm Your Mug
Before pouring your coffee into your mug, rinse the cup in hot water to warm the mug. Your coffee will stay warmer for longer, giving you more time to enjoy! This is a very simple coffee hack that takes three seconds and can make your coffee experience that much better.
Try Adding Spices
Although cinnamon may not be the most popular flavor to pair with coffee, it is successful in delivering a tasty cup of joe. Simply add a pinch of cinnamon into your coffee grounds before brewing. If you want to take it a step further, try adding cloves, cardamom, or nutmeg!
Ditch the Microwave
Rather than warming up your coffee in the microwave, reheat your coffee on the stove over low heat. Putting your coffee in the microwave makes it taste stale, creating a less than desirable coffee flavor. Using the stove instead allows the coffee to slowly warm back up without burning. The result is a steaming cup of coffee that tastes like it has just been brewed!
Flavor Your Own Creamer
Take your favorite coffee creamer and add your own flavors to create the perfect blend! Many people add a splash of vanilla or almond extract to their creamer, along with a bit of sweetener. If you’re looking for a richer, creamy texture, try using sweetened condensed milk or something similar.
Coffee Ice Cubes
For all those cold brew coffee fanatics out there, this one’s for you! Pour any leftover coffee into an ice tray and freeze overnight. Use these coffee cubes to keep your cold brew cold without diluting the coffee! As the ice melts, it will only add to the coffee flavor rather than water it down. Another great option is to freeze milk or cream cubes, with a bit of added sweetener. As it melts, it adds creaminess to your cold brew coffee and does not dilute the coffee as much as ice cubes.
Blend in Butter
Want to drink your breakfast with your coffee? Try blended butter coffee for a filling and fatty breakfast drink. Simply pour your coffee in a blender and add butter and coconut oil. Blend it all together to achieve a frothy, smooth coffee drink that delivers a partial meal. This isn’t the best option for those looking to cut the calories, but it is great for a quick energy boost!
Clean Your Gear
Rather than waiting for your coffee to start tasting funky, stay on top of cleaning your coffee equipment! Clean out your coffee grinder regularly with a brush to get all old grounds out. If you have coffee stains on your travel mug or thermos, try scrubbing with baking soda and vinegar. To clean your brewing equipment, simply run a solution of equal parts water and vinegar through the brewing process. Be sure to run pure water through it at least once before using again.
Maybe you already have some of these practices in place, but chances are you have something new to try! With many people spending extra time at home, these tips can help you create better coffee habits for 2021.