10 Coffee Tips and Tricks to Perfect Your Cup o’ Joe [MASHABLE]

  • 1. Making iced coffee? Try cold brewing.

    Cold-brew

    Cold-brewed coffee is much less acidic than hot coffee, which gives your iced drinks a cleaner flavor. Plus, it’s simple to make.

    Before heading to bed, mix the coffee and water together and let sit in an airtight container on the counter overnight. The next morning, all you have to do is strain and add ice. Check out Smitten Kitchen’s excellent recipe for a more thorough how-to.

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  • 2. Save money (and time) by making your own Pumpkin Spice Latte at home.

    Pumpkin-spice-latte

    Just because you want to enjoy a tasty seasonal latte doesn’t mean you should have to fork over four bucks or wait in long lines to get one.

    Make your own using this helpful recipe from The Kitchn. Bonus: You aren’t limited to Starbucks brand coffee.

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  • 3. Freeze your leftover coffee into ice cubes.

    Coffee-tips

    Toss them in iced coffee to keep your drink cool without diluting the flavor, or use one to cool down piping hot coffee quickly.

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  • 4. Request the lower children’s drink temperature at Starbucks to ensure that your coffee is cool enough to sip immediately.

    Kids-drinks

    No reason to scald your tongue and lose the ability to taste anything for 24 hours over a quickly-needed caffeine fix.

  • 5. Heating a mug before adding hot coffee keeps your drink warm for a longer period of time.

    Mug-by-the-fire

    Redditor hudony points out that you can use the hot water feature on an office watercooler to fill your mug. After it is sufficiently hot, save the water in another cup and feed to the office plants later.

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  • 6. If you ask nicely, Starbucks baristas will use a french press to brew you a cup of any coffee you want.

    French-press
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  • 7. Add spices like cinnamon to your coffee for a delicious change of pace.

    Cinnamon-grinder

    Reddit user throwitaway488 recommends this spice mixture.

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  • 8. Looking for something to tide you over until lunchtime? Try buttered coffee.

    Butter

    According to The Kitchn, putting a pat of butter in your morning coffee gives you enough energy to last you through to lunch. It is a take on “bulletproof coffee,” a recipe that calls for adding MCT oil to coffee.

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  • 9. Periodically clean out your coffee maker using white vinegar.

    Coffee-maker

    Run 1 part distilled white vinegar with 1 part water through your maker, stopping the cycle halfway through to allow the mixture to sit in the machine for one hour. Finish the cycle and run through multiple times with water before using again.

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  • 10. Coffee grounds make excellent odor removers for small spaces like cars. refrigerators and freezers.

    Coffee-grounds

    Dry your used coffee grounds completely and pour in a clean sock. Tie the end and place at the offending odor’s source.

     

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