Even the most routine parts of us crave a little something extra. So we’ve brought you 8 ways to add some extra oomph to your coffee. You can thank us later!
A coffee grinder earns its name by turning your whole beans into smaller pieces so that you can enjoy fresh coffee.
Grinders come in all shapes, sizes, and effectiveness. But just by using a grinder at all, you’re taking one step closer to coffee nirvana. Go you!
We’ve listed some different options for grinders below to help you choose what’s best for your budget and coffee experience.
A manual burr grinder makes a great choice for someone on a budget who still wants top quality coffee grinding.
Ranging in price from around 5-$70, manual burr grinders give you more consistency than a blade grinder. And better consistency means you’re on the way to better coffee.
They’re typically made up of a hopper (for the whole beans), two serrated plates (burrs), a catcher (for the grounds), and a crank, although you can find a lot of variety in this design.
The beauty of a manual burr grinder lies in its ability to truly grind the beans, not just cut and slash them like the blade grinder. You get precision ground coffee by using a burr grinder.
If you’ve never tasted the difference between different types of grinders, it’s easy to let your wallet decide which one to choose.
But in this case, the less budget-friendly option really is the best taste-friendly option. And that option is the electric burr grinder.
You can find electric burr grinders starting at $40 and ranging all the way up to $480. They’re definitely an investment. But if you’re looking for the best coffee experience available, they’re worth the money.
The higher price tag comes from the higher quality of materials. Top-of-the-line burrs for grinding, heavy metals for stability and strength, and electronics for power. Plus, they’re the quickest option.
Ways to Avoid Acid Reflux While Drinking Coffee
Cold brewing coffee beans decreases the acidity of the coffee by 67%. For people who suffer from acid reflux related to coffee, this is great news.
The reason for this dramatic reduction of acidity relates to heat extraction. In traditional brewing, the hot water releases acids from the coffee beans.
When we say “add a little spice to your life,” we mean it literally. Adding spices to your coffee instantly changes the flavor profile and provides some added health benefits.
Bonus points for already having many of these on hand in your spice cabinet.
Either in bean or liquid form, extracts make for a sweet addition to coffee. If you’re using beans, add them before you brew. The liquid type can be added by drops to your finished cup of coffee.
Try a little bit of vanilla extract for a sweet and creamy flavor, almond extract for a nutty twist, or peppermint extract for a holiday snap.
For a spring-infused drink, try adding rose water to your latte or a few lavender flowers to your coffee beans before grinding.
Even just a hint of these floral herbs dramatically changes the flavor of your coffee. Rose pairs well with cardamom and lavender complements mocha well.
You can even strew a few buds over your drink after its brewed for a look that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palette.
Semi-sweet or dark chocolate morsels integrate naturally with the flavor of most coffees, but they especially enhance coffees with chocolate notes.
Or consider adding cocoa (or cacao) nibs. These small parts of the cocoa seed provide the flavor of chocolate without the added sugar you find in most morsels. They can be added in with your whole beans and ground together for a creamy chocolate taste.
How to Use a Percolator
Believe it or not, before the birth of the drip coffee maker, the percolator was the American hero of the coffee-brewing industry.
Its creation was meant to elevate the coffee-drinking experience by introducing a brew method that would produce a cup of joe that was “free of all grounds and impurities so that it is not necessary to use any clearing materials.”
It’s helpful to keep in mind that prior to the beloved percolator, folks were still making coffee by dumping coffee grounds into boiling water.
The percolator changed the game by offering a coffee-brewing method that repeatedly cycled hot water through coffee grounds using gravity. This method not only allowed coffee-lovers to have more control over the strength of their brew, but it also systematically removed most of the volatile coffee compounds.
You might be wondering why the percolator sort of fell out of style.
Unfortunately, the same innovativeness that aided in the percolator’s rise to stardom, also ended up being its achilles heel.
Although the percolator is infamous for delivering a customizable and bold brew, it also requires a considerable amount of effort - especially when compared to a contemporary drip coffee maker.
The percolator is constantly exposing your coffee grounds to high temperatures, and this constant recirculation of almost-boiling water means your coffee beans are a lot more susceptible to over-extraction.