Coffee: All The Things You Need To Know

Can you re­mem­ber the best cof­fee you ever had? Maybe you make it at home or got it from the cof­fee house? There are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent meth­ods and skill sets for mak­ing cof­fee. If you’re in­ter­est­ed in learn­ing more about all things cof­fee-re­lat­ed, read on.

When you drink cof­fee the right way, it can ac­tu­al­ly be good for you. Cof­fee it­self is not bad for you. Rather, add-ons, in­clud­ing sweet­en­ers and creams, make it un­healthy. There are al­ter­na­tives to sug­ar and cream such as hon­ey, ste­via and al­mond milk that can help make your cup of cof­fee much health­i­er.

Avoid re­heat­ing brewed cof­fee. This has noth­ing to do with the pop­u­lar myth about re­heat­ed cof­fee re­leas­ing dan­ger­ous chem­i­cals. Cof­fee con­tains cer­tain com­pounds which can be­gin to de­te­ri­o­rate just thir­ty min­utes af­ter brew­ing, par­tic­u­lar­ly of the cof­fee is heat­ed in a mi­crowave or al­lowed to re­main on a hot burn­er. This will give the cof­fee a bit­ter or stale taste.

Vis­it­ing a cof­fee shop can be a way for home based work­ers and stu­dents to get around oth­er peo­ple. Work­ing from your lo­cal cof­fee house can be a wel­come change of pace from your home of­fice. Restau­rants are al­so good op­tions for es­cap­ing the con­fines of your home of­fice.

Af­ter buy­ing cof­fee beans, don’t leave them in the same bag you bought them in. The con­tain­er should be air­tight and able to keep out dam­ag­ing light. They will stay fresh for awhile this way.

Cof­fee in the freez­er has a shelf life of on­ly about three months. Keep­ing the cof­fee around longer than this tends to de­crease its qual­i­ty.

Brew some wa­ter by it­self be­fore us­ing your new ma­chine. Al­ways re­move any oils and residues left over from the man­u­fac­tur­ing process by run­ning a pot of plain wa­ter through your new ma­chine. That helps get rid of any dust that got in­to the ma­chine while it was at the store on the shelf.

There are many won­der­ful al­ter­na­tives to or­di­nary sug­ar that you can use to liv­en up your cof­fee. Agave nec­tar is rel­a­tive­ly new to most gro­cery stores in the past few years, and the great thing about it is that it will not af­fect your blood sug­ar. Splen­da and ste­via are al­so healthy al­ter­na­tives to add to hot cof­fee.

If you could use a spe­cial treat, con­sid­er grab­bing your next cup from a spe­cial­ty cof­fee shop. You get many de­li­cious op­tions, in­clud­ing top­ping it off with choco­late or whipped cream, or get a de­lec­table cup of espres­so.

You need not freeze your cof­fee. Cof­fee can ab­sorb the smells and fla­vors of oth­er foods near­by. The best stor­age place for your cof­fee is a clear, air-tight con­tain­er. If re­frig­er­at­ing or freez­ing cof­fee is a pri­or­i­ty, make sure to use freez­er bags that can be tight­ly sealed.

Avoid keep­ing you cof­fee in a con­tain­er that is too close to the stove. Heat is one of the things that can kill the qual­i­ty of cof­fee quite eas­i­ly. Any counter tops or cup­boards near the oven should be avoid­ed.

With any luck, now that you have read the pre­ced­ing piece, you have a bet­ter grasp of your cof­fee op­tions. Are you crav­ing cof­fee right now? Keep these tips in mind the next time you go shop­ping for cof­fee. En­joy your cup of ja­va!

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