This started as a list of things that could be improved. Coffee made the top of the list. No need to go further. For those who love coffee. For those who don't, because they've never had a really good cup. Here are 13 ways to make better coffee.
Skip glass carafes that sit on hot plates. They make coffee bitter very quickly. Hamilton Beach makes a coffee brew station that is my favorite. Push button dispensing and no bitter taste, even hours after it's made.
- Keep it clean
Remnants of yesterday's coffee will not improve today's. Wash removable parts daily. A monthly vinegar rinse will prevent buildup that slows brewing time and keeps coffee tasting great.
Buy the beans whole and grind them right before you make your coffee. Coffee grinders are inexpensive and grinding takes seconds. The aroma alone is justification for this one.
- The Right Bean
Truly a matter of personal taste, so try different beans to see which you like best. There are many different roasts, not to mention a multitude of flavored beans.
- Heavy Cream
No substitute has the same wonderful effect. Spare me the cholesterol lectures. I'm talking about better coffee, not better arteries.
- Spice it up
Try a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg to change your coffee experience.
Every chocolate lover should enjoy this one. Put cocoa in a shaker and sprinkle it on top of your coffee. Or mix a teaspoon of cocoa with the ground beans before brewing
- Whipped Cream
A totally different experience from cream in the coffee. Take a couple minutes and whip it fresh while your coffee is brewing. Calico and I like creme brulee flavored coffee topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
- The Right Mug
Again it's a matter of personal taste. Some may prefer using the same treasured mug each day. We choose from a variety for different seasons and holidays. The mug is part of the total experience. Don't just thoughlessly grab one.
- Keep it hot
No, Grandma is not attempting to instruct you in matters that should be personal. I'm talking about a mug warmer. No need to gulp your coffee. These handy little devices are quite inexpensive and do a great job of keeping coffee warm.
I used to drink several cups a day. I got lots of caffeine buzz, but not much coffee pleasure. Now I drink one cup and enjoy it more.
Nothing this good should be rushed. If you're using that mug warmer, you won't need to. Savor each steaming, flavorful sip.
Sure you can drink alone and I won't even recommend a 12-step program if you do. But regardless of how you make it, it's always better with a friend.