7 Coffee Hacks & Simple Solutions
Genius hacks and simple solutions are amazing because they make our lives easier, save time, and minimize effort. Today I’d like to share with you some coffee hacks. If you like to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning, this list is for you! I hope, these simple ideas and tips will make your time in the kitchen a little bit more pleasant!
1. Quick-prep coffee
Instead of tracking down a measuring cup every morning to make coffee, try premeasuring the coffee into individual coffee filters. Stack the coffee-filled filters back into an empty coffee can or another airtight container and store in the freezer. All you have to do in the morning is grab one of the filters from the freezer and pop it into the coffee maker.
2. Diy single-cup coffee filter
Instead of buying special coffee filters in order to brew a single cup, try this creative alternative using a funnel.
1. Fit an appropriately sized plastic funnel over a mug and place a cone-shaped filter inside the funnel. Fill it with the desired amount of ground coffee (the test kitchen prefers 2 tablespoons of coffee for 6 ounces of water).
2. Pour just-boiling water into the funnel and let the coffee “brew” into the mug.
3. Fresh coffee, right on time
Wake up to a fresh pot of coffee even if your coffee maker lacks a built-in timer. Rather than spring for a new model, purchase an inexpensive appliance timer (the kind that turns lights on and off when you go on vacation) at the local hardware store. You can set the brewing time before you go to bed and also set a time for the machine to turn off, so you’ll never worry that you left it on.
4. Soundproof coffee grinder
Nothing is better than waking up to the smell of fresh-brewed coffee, but no one likes to be jolted from sleep by the loud whirring of the coffee grinder. To muffle the noise, place an oven mitt over the grinder before turning it on.
5. Make an espresso shot in a french press
Want the smooth, rich, and concentrated taste of espresso but can’t afford an expensive espresso machine? Look no further than your trusty french press. By grinding espresso beans super fine and only pouring enough hot water to submerge the grounds, you can create a fairly good espresso facsimile.
6. Diy pour over flavoring
Want to spice up your standard pour over brew? Simply add spices like nutmeg or cinnamon to your grounds before brewing to infuse the coffee. It will add a complexity to your coffee as well as give your cup a great aroma. Plus, cinnamon adds a sense of sweetness, so if you’re looking to reduce sugar in your coffee, cinnamon can help!
7. Reusing your coffee grounds
For many, coffee grounds are nothing but another piece of trash to be thrown out after your coffee is brewed. But after today, you won’t be throwing out your grounds anymore.
Used coffee grounds can serve a variety of duties in the house including removing odors from refrigerators, cleaning clogged drains, and helping reduce acne on your face. The possibilities are endless.