Walking into a specialty coffee shop these days can be intimidating, to say the least. It takes a whole new vocabulary just to order a cup of coffee, with lingo that includes words like “double, skinny, no whip, 3/4 shot decaf” and more. Though it can seem excessive to a newcomer, you may find that you actually enjoy the options that you have now. Read on for some ways to decipher the meaning of these things.
Do you want to have friends over for coffee? Try jazzing up the way it looks by decorating the lattes. With just a bit of practice, you will be able to impress your guests by creating basic flowers or leaves. It is best to practice with melted chocolate mixed with milk, after a while you will be making neat designs like a pro.
When you are done with your coffee grinds, do not throw them away. What many people do not know is that used coffee grinds have many uses. They can be used for gardening, getting hardened food off your dishes and removing foul smells. Simply put them in a ziploc bag and put it in a cabinet.
There are many health benefits that have been discovered from drinking coffee. Feel free to indulge in your morning cup without fear. You may want to switch to decaf if the caffeine in the coffee effects other medications you are taking. Reduce or eliminate creamer and sugar to maximize these benefits.
Do you enjoy the fancy beverages you can get in coffee shops? You can make most of these beverages at home if you have milk, cream and chocolate syrup. Use the Internet to find tutorials on how to make your favorite drinks and with a little practice, you will be able to make the same beverages you can get at your favorite coffee shop.
Just because you are drinking a dark roast coffee does not mean your coffee has more caffeine in it. This is just the way the beans were prepared, not how much caffeine is in them. If your coffee has the term Robusta on it’s packaging, it usually has twice the amount of caffeine as standard Arabica coffee.
Measure the water you put in your coffee machine carefully. The proper amount of water will lead to the best tasting brew. Conversely, too much water can lead to a watery coffee with no taste. Thus, a handy tip is to simply allot two cups of liquid for a single cup of coffee.
Make sure that your videos have summaries or even transcripts of the content. The search engines cannot yet listen to or watch videos to index them accurately. So, a thorough description in the text or code is going to be your best bet at getting your video ranked well.
The freezer isn’t the best place to keep your coffee. Actually, coffee can often take on smells and flavors from other foods. An optimal spot for storing coffee is a non-translucent container that is air tight. If you really want to freeze it or refrigerate it, put the coffee in a sealed plastic bag.
Keep your coffee press from getting corroded. Regardless of how great your coffee and filtration are, repeated water passing through the press leaves a residue. The mineral buildup might start ruining the taste of your coffee. The simplest fix is run hot water with some white vinegar included every few weeks to keep your coffee tasting fresh.
Make your own milk frothy without using an expensive machine. Heat milk in the microwave until it is steaming. Use your hands to quickly rotate a kitchen whisk in the hot milk. Keep going until the milk has frothed. Use milk that is higher in fat, at least 2 percent.
If you want a clear conscience to go along with your tasty cup of coffee, consider buying coffee that is marketed as “fair trade.” It may cost more, but it will probably taste better than what you’re drinking now. Also, you can help small farming groups in faraway lands.
If your morning coffee tastes “off”, remember an unpleasant taste in your water will make an unpleasant taste in your coffee. Make sure that you buy a filter to rid the chemicals of your tap water. Using bottled water or a filter pitcher are other options.
If your kids have been bugging you for a sip of your coffee, but you do not feel that it is appropriate for them to have it, consider buying coffee flavored syrup for them to add to milk. This gives you the same great coffee flavor without worrying about caffeine.
The kind of coffee you enjoy drinking depends on the region in which is brewed. If you prefer coffee that has a mild flavor, go with coffees from Latin America countries, like Brazil. If you like those with an exotic taste, you should drink coffee from African or Asian countries.
Once the coffee is finished brewing, remove the urn from the brewer. If you leave the pot on the coffee maker, the coffee continues to cook, which eventually ruins the flavor. If you are not going to drink it all before it hits room temperature, put it into something insulated that retains the warmth.
Drink coffee in moderation. Too much coffee, like anything else, can be bad for you. It can give you the shakes and raise your blood pressure. You don’t want that. One or two cups a day is safe for most people. If you’re not sure how much is safe for you to drink, see your physician.
After you give your dog a bath, rub his coat with some coffee grounds. This is a safe and natural way to keep fleas off of him. You have to make sure to cover every part of the coat or there is no guarantee he will be protected from them.
Now that you have had a full immersion into the world of ordering specialty coffee drinks, you are ready to dive right in and order up the perfect coffee exactly the way you like it. Be bold and experiment, then sit back with a newspaper and enjoy the world’s favorite beverage.