Staying healthy when consuming anything, including coffee, is about keeping a good balance. The quantity you take and the things you add should be monitored and adjusted to keep that balance right.
With a little knowledge and care you can keep enjoying coffee for a long time. So it’s Good News if you don’t want to give it up!
If you’re diabetic, you can use Stevia in lieu of sugar. Stevia is natural and sweetens without glucose. It can also help you with weight issues. You can find it at grocery or health food shops. Creamy milk is rich so you might experiment with substitutes like almond or soya milk.
Always tempted to ‘just’ have one more cup? Make less coffee at a time rather than by the bucketful!
If you want strong, rich flavor, buy a French press. The oils that flavor coffee are absorbed by paper filters in traditional coffee makers. A French press uses a plunger for steeping the beans. The oils stay in the brew making for richer coffee.
Don’t keep coffee beans in their original bag. Instead, place them in an air-tight container out of direct light. This helps maintain their freshness.
Priming a brand new coffee maker
Always perform a trial run with any new coffee maker. Do this as though you really were making coffee, only skip adding the grounds. That way, any dirt and dust it may have accumulated while sitting on the store’s shelf will be removed.
To get a great cold coffee drink, brew a very strong amount before you go to bed and let it sit in your refrigerator overnight. You will give the coffee time to cool down instead of watering it down with ice when it is hot. Before you put the coffee in the fridge, add any sugar or cream. This will provide you with great iced coffee when you wake up.
Water Makes a Difference
Try running some water through your machine if you are using an older model coffee machine. After getting the water hot, add the coffee grounds and then add the water to the machine again. This will help you get the best tasting coffee.
If you want superb quality, you have to carefully select the water you use. While the thought of using bottled water to make coffee may make you cringe, it will go a long way in making your coffee taste better. Filtered water is a good second choice. This won’t be quite as easy as bottled water, but it is still a better alternative than straight tap.
The coffee plays the biggest role in the flavor of your beverage. Look around your local stores. Fresh roasted beans are common if you know where to look. You may have to buy them online. It might cost some more, but it will still be cheaper than going to the coffee shop.
Try small packs of different brands and note the ones you enjoy most – I like to keep the labels with my notes, a sort of scrap book to jog my memory. It’s really interesting to look back through the book – and it’s a lesson in design too!
Do not reheat your coffee after you have brewed it. Keep extra coffee in a thermos that retains heat. If you cannot keep the coffee fresh until you want it again, then you might as well start over with a new pot when you are ready for more.
You will become familiar with the amount you should make each time.
More about storing coffee
The freezer may not be the ideal place for coffee storage. As a matter of fact, coffee absorbs smells and flavors from surrounding foods. The best storage place for your coffee is a clear, air-tight container. If you must keep it inside the fridge or freezer, be sure it’s inside a freezer bag with a seal.
TIP! Keep ground coffee dry and in an airtight container.
If you want to try something different when it comes to coffee, put chocolate in it. You can get a coffee energy jolt, and it will taste wonderful, providing you pick a good coffee. If you really want some extra energy, try using dark chocolate coffee.
After reading these tips and advice, you should feel more comfortable with the idea of brewing your own coffee. Regardless of how long you have drunk coffee, you may have learned something new by reading this. Use what you have found here to enhance your coffee experience.