Sometimes making your coffee in the coffee maker gets boring, and you want something new. There are more ways to make your coffee than you might think.
Cold brew is a great way to enjoy your coffee. Making cold brew coffee doesn’t take expensive coffee makers, and it’s easy. You can enjoy cold brew coffee either as a hot cup of coffee or a refreshing glass of iced coffee.
Making cold brew just takes a container with a top and a filter. Grind your favorite beans. A course ground works best. Put the freshly ground coffee into the filter and fill the container with water.
Secure the lid and let it steep in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours. Cold-brew is a concentrated coffee. For ice coffee, fill a glass with half coffee and half water. You can also add sugar, milk, soy milk, or your favorite nut milk.
It is also good for a hot cup of coffee. Fill a coffee mug halfway with cold brew coffee and add boiling water. I recommend that you give cold brew coffee a shot, you won’t be disappointed.
This method makes a surprisingly good cup of coffee. Important factors when using the pour-over method is a uniform grind, the temperature of the water, and the ratio of water to coffee. A fine grind is best to start with and produces the best flavor.
The best water temperature for this method is right at the boiling point of (212°F/100°C), though some pour-over connoisseurs suggest a slightly cooler temperature. As for the ratio, you can find various recipes, but most will call for approximately 1g of coffee per every 17g of water (a 1:17 ratio).
Place the fresh ground coffee beans in a filter over the cup and pour the water in concentric circles. This ensures that the water covers all of the grounded coffee. As you become more experienced, you can try other methods of pouring.
Making spiced coffee is easy and will certainly add spice to your morning java. Cinnamon is one spice that works well with coffee. Other spices that work well include nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, star anise, and pumpkin pie spice.
Just add the spice you desire to the basket with the coffee and any coffee maker, you can also do this with a French press or the pour-over method.
Traditionally, Arabic coffee is made in a special pot called a dallah, but it can also be made in a pot on your stove. You can buy ground coffee with ground cardamom, or you can buy shelled cardamom and grind the seeds yourself. Add the ground coffee and cardamom into a boiling pot of water for 10-15 minutes.
After boiling, let the coffee settle for a couple of minutes before serving to allow the coffee grounds to settle to the bottom. Arabic coffee is strong and bitter and usually served with something sweet, such as dates or other sweets.
Mix 2 tablespoons each of instant coffee, sugar, and hot water into a bowl. Whisk the mixture until it becomes almost the consistency of whipped cream. This can take 5-10 minutes of whisking, less if you use an electric whisk.
Pour the whipped coffee over hot or cold milk or nut milk for a delicious cup of whipped coffee. You can make this without sugar, but it might not be as fluffy.
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