17 Genius Ways to Improve Your Coffee Experience

on June 17, 2015


Add Butter

Fans of the uber-popular "bulletproof coffee" are already aware of this unique java stir-in. But adding butter to your morning cuppa joe will do more than make you one of the cool kids. As long as you opt for unsalted, grass-fed butter, your silky-smooth coffee may actually be good for you, providing extra energy and healthy fats.


Brew It With Spices

Before brewing coffee grounds, add ground cinnamon for warmth or anise seeds for a licorice-like flavor to bump up the intensity for a fraction of the cost of specialty brews at your neighborhood coffeehouse. (Cinnamon also normalizes blood sugar levels, so you won't feel like you need to add a bunch of sugar to get your java jolt.)


Make it a (DIY) Latte

Instead of spending upwards of $5 on your way to work for what is essentially just a shot of espresso and steamed milk-make your latte at home! Pick up a super-affordable milk frother (this one's less than 15 bucks) and used it to whip up home-brewed espresso and milk.


Try a Classic Cold-Brew

Unfortunately, trying to replicate your favorite iced coffee at home is not as simple as pouring hot coffee over ice. You need a specially-formulated coffee, and, luckily, making your own cold brew at home is simple: Soak coarse coffee grounds in cold water in the fridge overnight, then strain them the next morning with a french press or filter.


Make Your Own Creamer

Forget the artificially flavored creamers and make a healthier, tastier version at home. Start with sweetened condensed milk plus regular milk or cream (there's a great creamer base recipe here), and add honey, peppermint, cinnamon-or a ton of other options!-to flavor it up to your heart's content.


Add Coffee Ice Cubes

Stop watering down your iced coffee with regular ice cubes. Freeze your leftover coffee and pop the coffee ice cubes in your cold brew to keep it cool and full of flavor.


Try Homemade Syrups

You know those tasty-and expensive-specialty syrups that your favorite coffee house stocks by the caseload? Well, you can make your own at home-and at a fraction of the cost. Bring 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water to a boil to make a simple syrup. When the sugar is dissolved, add the extract of your choice, like almond, hazelnut or vanilla.


Grab an App

You've heard the quip that, no matter what you need to know want to do, there's an app for that. And that is certainly true in the case of making gourmet coffee drinks. Spro provides simple instructions to help you get blends and flavors just right, while Art of Coffee teaches you how to create beautiful latte designs right on your smartphone or tablet.


Reuse Your Grounds

This trick may not actually help you make better coffee, but it will definitely help you save money-which means you can buy more coffee! There are actually tons of ways to repurpose all those coffee grounds that would normally go to waste, but we really love the idea of using them as natural fertilizer and pest repellant for your garden.


Sample the Starbucks Secret Menu

How does a Nutella Frappuccino sound? You can get this tasty treat at your local Starbucks, along with a Spiced Apple Chai, a Peach Ring Tea or dozens of other unknown drinks simply by knowing what to ask for.


Add Salt

If your coffee is just a little too bitter, add a pinch of salt. This will counteract the bitterness but also balance all the flavors for a great tasting cup of java.


Stay on Schedule

Your body gives you a natural boost of energy called cortisol around 7am, noon and 6pm, which means you don't actually need coffee at these times (though you may still want it). If you want to get the most mileage out of your caffeine boost, drink your coffee between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning and between 1:30 and 5:00 in the afternoon.


Bake With It

Instead of dumping your leftover coffee down the sink, store it in the fridge and use it to replace the water in any recipe to add depth of flavor, or add a few tablespoons of ground coffee or espresso to enhance your favorite dish. Try one of these desserts if you're looking for some great, kicked-up coffee recipes.


Add Chocolate

Coffee and chocolate are a classic pair, and instead of just adding coffee to chocolate or chocolate recipes, try adding chocolate to your coffee.

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Pair It With Grapefruit

Consider having a grapefruit for breakfast alongside your coffee. Grapefruit contains enzymes that increase the length of coffee's effects-including its metabolism-boosting and fat-burning properties.


Use It As Workout Fuel

Try drinking coffee an hour before exercise to get your adrenaline pumping. Having a pre-workout can also increase the amount of calories burned and improve performance.


Buy Local and Often

Local beans usually come from one source so you can be sure you're getting what you paid for, but make sure to buy small amounts often. Ground beans only stay fresh and flavorful for so long, even in a sealed container.