Coffee Hacks: How to Get Great Coffee Anywhere

posted: 09/29/16
by: Amanda Mushro
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It's National Coffee Day! The day that coffee lovers that are all hopped up on caffeine search far and wide for the best free coffee on this special day. But if you can't get out to grab a delicious steamy cup or an iced coffee treat, here's a few coffee hacks that will help you get the perfect cup no matter where you are.

If you really need to keep that caffeine kick going, eat grapefruit while you drink coffee. Enjoying this combo together helps to keep the caffeine stay in your bloodstream longer. *Makes a note to try this every single day.

Watered down coffee is the worst, especially when it's your iced coffee. To fix this problem, the next time you make coffee, pour the leftover coffee into ice cube trays and freeze. Then the next time you make an iced coffee, use your coffee cubes instead of regular ice. When the coffee cubes melt, they won't water down your coffee.

If you're craving an iced coffee and all you can find is the machine mixed gas station iced coffee, don't fret, here's how to hack a delicious iced cup of Joe. Start by grabbing the largest cup and filling it with ice. Fill the cup 3/4 of the way with the dreaded machine mixed iced coffee. Then fill the rest of the cup with the hot dark roast, stir, and top with ice. The mixture of hot coffee and the ice will help to make your iced coffee taste like a barista mixed it up for you.

Bitter coffee sounds terrible and tastes even worse. But just a pinch of salt will fix this coffee problem.

If you grind your own coffee beans, you can flavor your coffee for a better flavor. Try adding cinnamon, lemon zest, or even chocolate to the bean so that you don't have to flavor the coffee later.

Make your own iced coffee with your Keurig by starting with two K-cups and brewing them on the smallest setting. While the coffee is hot, add your sugar or sweetener. Then place the coffee in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Before you drink, add ice, creamer, and enjoy.

If your coffee at work is really bad, try adding heavier creamers to mask the flavor, or a pinch of cinnamon to sweeten up your cup.

Cold brew coffee is the latest trend for coffee lovers, but save yourself a trip to the coffee shop with this hack. Blend 4.5 ounces of whole coffee beans until they are coarsely ground, add 3 cups of cold water, and let steep in the fridge for 12 hours. Then, strain with a fine mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter. You'll get a cold-brewed coffee concentrate that you can dilute with water to your preferred taste.