This post is about ways you can improve the quality of your morning coffee. Coffee is one of the most popular morning beverages in the world. The hit of caffeine helps to wake us up a little and can give us the energy we need to take on a challenge-filled day. Of course, many people also drink coffee due to its complex and unique flavor. This might sound strange to someone that has only experienced instant coffee or sachet coffee with milk and sugar included.
In fact, there are many parts of the world that consume coffee black without anything extra. This helps to keep the coffee flavor as pure as possible. Whether it’s a bitter coffee grown at a low altitude or a lighter roast that emphasizes the acidic taste, there are countless different types of coffee for you to try if you’re willing to explore.
Ways To Improve the Quality of Your Morning Coffee
But we understand that, as a morning beverage, coffee should be simple. We don’t want to bring out different tools in the morning just to make our coffee. It should be easy, fast, and great-tasting so we can get on with the rest of our day. So in this post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the simplest ways for you to upgrade the quality of your morning coffee.
If you’re still drinking instant, invest in a coffee maker
Instant coffee is essentially just strong freeze-dried coffee that is mixed with water to dilute it. Coffee itself is, as you might guess, made from coffee beans. The process of freeze-drying the coffee can change the way it tastes and will leave you with a different but still palatable taste for most people. When you consider that most people add milk and sugar to their coffee, the taste of the coffee itself becomes somewhat irrelevant because the sugar and milk overpower everything.
The most common way of making actual coffee is to simply push water through the coffee grounds so that it captures the flavor. This is known as drip coffee and is often made by saturating coffee grounds in a filter inside of a cone and allowing it to drip through. However, this can take a lot of time and requires a bit of precision.
The simplest way of doing this at home is to purchase a coffee maker. Finding the best tasting coffee maker can be challenging, but you generally want to avoid anything that is cheap or made entirely of plastic. A built-in filter can work well, but most people prefer to use disposable coffee filter cones because it’s easier to clean and less mess to wash and throw away.
Using the coffee maker is simple as well. You simply put the coffee filter cone in the top, add the coffee grounds, fill the machine with water, and then hit the start button. Within a few moments, you’ll see coffee dripping from the machine into the supplied carafe, ready to be consumed.
The simplest and most noticeable upgrade is a grinder
With your new drip coffee maker, you’ll be buying coffee grounds instead of instant coffee. You’ll have many different varieties to choose from and some brands can actually be well worth the extra asking price. However, the best way to level up your morning coffee is to actually invest in a grinder and buy the beans whole.
Coffee grounds tend to lose a bit of their flavor because they’ve been ground up and left to sit in a bag. No matter how well the bag is sealed, some of the bean’s flavor is lost in the process. Grinding your own beans at home can be compared to grinding your own black pepper. A lot of the flavor comes from that initial grinding of the bean, hence why it makes such a huge difference.
But if you’re going to be grinding your coffee, we have to recommend a high-quality grinder. Don’t purchase a cheap plastic grinder as it will create uneven grounds that could change the flavor of the coffee. You want a quality grinder that produces even grounds (and should also have settings to change the size of the grounds) and it can either be electric or manual. This takes a bit of extra time but is well worth it for the added depth of flavor.
At the end of the day, all of these extra steps means your morning coffee will be delayed a couple of minutes. However, we strongly suggest it because your coffee experience will be lifted and you’ll definitely notice the improved quality of the coffee. You could always think of it as a morning ritual to help you get your day started.