America is drinking more coffee then ever! The National Coffee Association says 64% of people have a cup of joe daily. Wondering how to brew coffee at home and make it taste gourmet? We spoke with Alex Mason, general manager of Press Coffee, who showed us has 3 hacks to improve your next cup of caffeine!
1. Instant Coffee
This first hack is for folks who like their coffee made quickly and easily – with instant coffee that is! Alex says beware of bottled water, which often has minerals that can prevent the coffee from dissolving properly. Try adding a little bit of cold water into the bottom of your mug, and mix in your instant coffee before adding your hot water! “If you hit it with the hot water immediately, it's going to dissolve all the solubles a little too quickly,” offers Alex. “We want to slow that process down a little bit.” This will help get rid of the powdery taste and consistency!
Next up is hacking the popular Keurig cup. “Whatever you do, never use the 8 or 10-ounce setting,” warns Alex. “It will just water down your coffee.” Instead, pick the 4-ounce option to get a fuller bodied cup of joe. Once it's ready, coffee enthusiasts say add a pinch of salt! “It brews super fast using turbulence. So when you're brewing that quickly, sometimes you can get over-extraction, which are some bitter notes that the salt can temper down a little bit,” adds Alex. But don't go too crazy with the salt! Otherwise you'll have a gross cup of coffee.
3. Drip Coffee
And finally, for those who have a bit more time to spend, there's drip coffee. “The first thing you want to do is always grind fresh,” Alex suggests. “Having a grinder at home is a really big piece to making great coffee.” The perfect coffee to water ratio is two tablespoons of coffee per cup of water. Alex says if you're using the drip method, buy smaller bags of beans because coffee is best within 4 to 20 days of purchasing.
Got any coffee hacks you can share to build a better brew? Tell us in the comments below!