Home Brewing: 7 Tips and Tricks Coffee Addicts Should Know
If you can’t start your day without coffee, you must probably be a coffee addict. It may be the case when work demands the energy that only coffee can fuel. It’s also likely that brewing coffee at home is a crucial part of your lifestyle and that you already know how to do it best.
We hope, however, that you’re open to trying new things! Because in this post, we’re going over seven valuable tips and tricks you might not already know when it comes to buying, preparing, and consuming homemade coffee! These tips range from choosing the best decaf coffee to learning how to make the most out of your coffee grounds. Sit tight, and let’s start brewing!
1. Know Your Caffeine Limitations
As a regular coffee drinker, you should learn by now how much coffee your body can take. Most research suggests that adults can handle a maximum of four cups a day, or no more than 400mg of caffeine. However, 100g of caffeine is the maximum for teens, which is about 1 to 2 cups of coffee. These are the maximum amounts that are still considered healthy, so make sure not to go beyond these measures.
Otherwise, if you are a longtime coffee drinker, you should already know the right time to stop drinking. Some adults claim to drink at least six cups per day and still efficiently function, but it’s because their bodies are used to taking in these amounts. Knowing when you’ve had enough is also essential for those who experience a combination of palpitations, restlessness, dizziness, or palpitations.
Remember that caffeine is considered a diuretic, which means more visits to the toilet. So, remember to rehydrate or drink lots of water after having coffee. And when you’ve reached your limit on regular coffee, switch to decaf so you can enjoy the goodness of coffee without the side effects of caffeine.
2. Learn How to Spot Fresh and Old Coffee Grounds
There’s a considerable difference between freshly brewed and freshly ground coffee. You can freshly brew coffee, but if the grounds are no longer fresh, it gives you the risk of experiencing stomach discomfort, heartburn, or acid reflux.
The best way to check whether your coffee grounds are still fine is to observe their smell. It is a reliable way of telling without knowing the expiration date or its Best By label. Why? Because the smell plays a significant role in the taste of your coffee.
So, what’s the trick? Store the grounds in a sealed container, away from moisture, heat, or sunlight. And keep track of how long it’s been with you because properly stored coffee will stay nice and fresh for up to 7-14 days.
Get rid of it if you notice even a hint of rancidity or any moldy scent. Otherwise, then your coffee is still good for brewing!
3. Use Clean Paper Towels When You Run Out of Paper Filters
You would typically want to use a paper filter to keep coffee ground sediments from getting into your carafe. Two other reasons for using filters are that you don’t want to make a mess in your coffee filter basket and that you want to avoid getting a cloudy, muddy taste.
What should you do if you run out of paper filters? You can always use tissue paper or paper towels! Make sure that you are using clean, unscented, and unused tissue. When using a paper towel, place it on the coffee basket, put the grounds, and – like a dumpling – fold and put the corners to the center to cover the grounds. When using tissue or toilet paper, get two sheets with three squares each and lay one sheet on top of the other to form a cross. After putting the coffee grounds, cover them with the ends of the tissue paper. And, voila! You’re now ready to start brewing. You get to enjoy the same coffee with improvised paper filters.
4. Avoid Drinking Leftover Coffee
It’s sometimes tempting to be frugal, but drinking old leftover coffee is not worth the consequences–especially if it wasn’t refrigerated! Although it may be safe to consume brewed coffee that has been in the fridge for 3 to 4 days, it will no longer taste as good. That’s why as much as you can, try to avoid coffee that is more than a day old. You can rest assured that three-day-old coffee is still safe to drink, but coffee older than that may lead to developing molds on the surface.
If it’s only a day old, go for it and add sugar or milk to hide the acidity. Otherwise, throw it out to avoid the risk of getting sick!
5. Recycle Your Grounds
Make the most out of what you pay for by maximizing used coffee grounds! They can serve as excellent deodorizers in the bathroom, kitchen, or any room in your home. Put the grounds in a decorative bowl and let them give off that coffee aroma. Just be sure to throw them out after 2 to 3 days to avoid growing molds.
Instead of tossing them into the kitchen garbage bin, you may put the grounds in bathroom trash cans to shoo away any smelly odors. And if you enjoy gardening, coffee grounds are excellent for making compost. Instead of discarding them straight to the trash, remember that used grounds can be helpful in a lot of ways in your home!
6. Use Milk or Coffee Ice Cubes
You might have heard of this lifehack before, but if you haven’t, you should use coffee or milk ice cubes instead of regular ice cubes. This trick maintains the strength or taste of your coffee without watering it down. Just make sure to consume the cubes within seven days, so they don’t get rancid when you use them.
7. Buy From Brands That Promote Ethical Labor Practices
If you want to make a positive impact in the world of coffee farming, it would never hurt to do your research. It may seem like a good bargain to get 8 USD a pound of coffee grounds. However, this would mean poverty and undignified wages among coffee farmers in other parts of the world. Knowing this, you should avoid buying a pound of coffee under 10 USD because, most likely, the coffee farmers do not receive enough compensation at this price point or lower.
You are sure to enjoy coffee guilt-free if the price points range from 20 to 36 USD since usually, companies that sell within this range practice ethical labor standards and provide dignified wages. But also be sure to do your research on the brands you support to double-check.
It may take a bit of your time, but this awareness and your choices will make you a socially-responsible coffee drinker! That’s a bragging right not everyone can own.
Drinking coffee is a staple drink for a lot of people like you! Coffee serves as batteries to keep you productive or energetic, whether at work or when hanging out with friends. However, there is more to coffee than the drink itself, as we’ve learned. There are tips and tricks that we can try to maximize our coffee brewing experience at home, and we hope you will find them helpful!
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