Few people can really start their morning without a hot cup of Joe. And while there are about a million varieties of coffee and even more ways to serve it (iced, with milk, etc.), you have to start with the basics before you get fancy with flavors. Here's how to brew the best beans.
Step 1: Purchase the right beans
There's no beans about it — you can't get a great cup of coffee without first starting with the finest freshly roasted beans. If you buy pre-ground beans, they are going to be less flavorful because coffee begins to lose its flavor soon after it is roasted. You can get fresh roasted beans from your local coffee house and have them ground for you, or your grocery store may even sell/grind fresh beans. If you prefer, you can purchase a coffee grinder and do it yourself at home.
Step 2: Store with care
Be sure to store the coffee in an airtight container in a dry, cool place. Do not store it in the fridge or freezer, however.
Step 3: Begin the brew
Time to brew! As a general rule, one generous tablespoon makes eight ounces of coffee. You may need to adjust the amount of water you put in since every coffeemaker is different. Speaking of coffeemakers: there are a million ways to brew a cup of coffee. French press, single cup, drip, percolators … the list goes on. French press coffeemakers tend to allow the most flavor from the grinds to seep into the finished product. Follow your coffeemaker's directions to ensure the best results.
Step 4: Add extras
Once you've got your coffee, experiment with adding layers of flavor with milk, sweeteners and flavored syrups.
How to get great-tasting water
Good ol' H2O is one of the best things you can give your body. In fact, it's recommended to drink six to eight eight-ounces glasses of water a day. If you're drinking that much, you certainly want to make sure that water tastes great, right? Here are some simple ways to ensure your water is delicious.
Step 1: Start with temperature
Keep it cold! You don't have to have filtered or bottled water to ensure you're drinking great-tasting water. In fact, most tap water is perfectly fine to drink, but it's much better cold! Keep a pitcher in the fridge to whet your whistle.
Step 2: Filter the water
Invest in a filtration system for your faucet such as the Filtrete water filtration system, which reduces sediment, parasitic cysts, chlorine taste and odor from the tap.
Step 3: Purify the water
Buy a water-purifying pitcher, such as a Brita water purifier, that will filter ordinary tap water into clean, purified drinking water.
Step 4: Give it hint of flavor
If plain ol' water is just too, well, plain, for you, try adding some zing with a spritz of lemon, lime or orange, a slice of cucumber or even a few cherries.
Step 5: Consider flavor packs
If you really want to sweeten your water, there are a myriad of powered flavor packs that can add a punch of taste to your water without adding a ton of calories.
Step 6: Add special ice cubes
Try adding some flavored ice cubes to your water. Freeze lemonade into ice cube trays and drop a few into your glass of water.
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ArticlePosted: August 25, 2013