For many people, that first cup of coffee in the morning is essential to getting the day started. While most people are content with a daily visit to their favorite local coffee shop, there are plenty of ways to make your home brewing experience much more fulfilling.
Set your coffee maker to auto brew
One of the worst things about your morning coffee is having to wait before you can start drinking it. Cut out the wait time by setting your coffee maker to ‘auto brew’ so that it coincides with your alarm clock. You’ll make getting up in the morning that much easier.
Bulletproof your coffee
Taking your coffee to a gunfight? Not quite. Bulletproof coffee is coffee that has had butter and coconut oil added to it using a blender. Those who swear by bulletproof coffee say that this mixture provides a boost that helps you lose weight, build muscle, and feel more energized throughout the day by getting your daily fat intake early.
Combine it with your breakfast… literally
This may sound strange, but try whipping an egg with a dash of sugar into your next cup of joe. The egg offers an extra boost of nutrients, including a much-needed dose of protein, and you’ll save time making breakfast, too. The egg also helps to create a more pleasant and less bitter tasting coffee. Make sure your coffee isn’t too hot first or you’ll end up with scrambled eggs! For a sweeter treat, try “Vietnamese egg coffee,” which calls for special Vietnamese coffee powder and sweetened condensed milk in addition to the egg.
Add a pinch of salt
Salt? Yes. Don’t be scared. Kosher salt or anything with larger crystals works best here. Add a small pinch to your coffee filter or the bottom of your French press. Adding salt to coffee offers the same function as adding a bit of salt to your baked goods – it gives emphasis to the other flavors in a wonderful way. Try it once and you’ll never go back to unsalted coffee again.
Clean your coffee maker
Maybe this one can go without saying, and we certainly hope so. Coffee makers that haven’t been cleaned will eventually brew coffee that is nothing but bitter and otherwise ill-tasting. Why? Oils from your daily coffee routine build up over time and can add a dirty taste to your next cup. To clean your coffee maker, full it with water and a tablespoon of white vinegar, then run as normal. The hot water and vinegar will clean the interior as the mixture is run through. Be sure to run a second batch with only water, unless you like the taste of vinegar in your coffee.
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