Americans drink around 400 million cups of coffee every day. For most people, the first cup of the day is the best. Very little beats that early morning coffee; it’s the cup that kick starts your day, the cup that you savor while you enjoy your last little bit of peace before your day really gets going. It’s the one that wakes you up, that helps set the tone for your day, and the one that breaks your fast. That first coffee is often the first thing that you taste after a long sleep.
Of course, how that coffee tastes is important. But your morning coffee is about more than just the flavor and even more than the energy boost. That first cup of coffee in the morning is an experience. Enjoy it and you are more likely to have a fantastic day. Here are some of the things that you can do to make your morning coffee experience even better.
Get the Coffee Right
The choice of coffee beans is essential when it comes to getting your morning coffee experience just right. First, ditch the instant. It might be good enough for a quick coffee on the go, but it’s certainly not what you need first thing in the morning. Then, consider the experience. Your morning coffee doesn’t have to be the same blend as your afternoon pick me up. You might prefer something a little stronger to accompany a sweet treat in the afternoon, but in the morning, a more delicate flavor might be better. Civet coffee, known for its balanced flavor, can be the ideal choice for that first cup of the day when perhaps you don’t want anything too rich or overpowering.
Don’t be scared to try new beans and blends. Just because you’ve drunk something for years, doesn’t mean that it’s the best, or that you should stick with it.
Store Your Beans Properly
Coffee beans, like everything else, deteriorate over time. This process starts as soon as you open the bag and expose them to the air. They might last for a long time, but if you don’t store them properly, the flavor will change. Once the beans are open, store them in a clean, airtight tub or jar. Keep this container in a cool place, out of direct sunlight.
Keep Your Equipment Clean
It’s probably fair to say that most of us are guilty of not cleaning our coffee machines as often as we should. A dirty machine is never going to give you the same fantastic flavor that a clean one would. Wash by hand, removing any removable parts to clean thoroughly at least once a week.
Experiment with Milk and Sweeteners
Coffee snobs will tell you that the perfect brew shouldn’t need sweeteners or any other additions, just like food snobs would frown on you for adding salt. But you know what? It’s your cup of coffee, and it’s your experience. You do you.
Try sweetening your brew with flavored syrups like vanilla or caramel. Add some spice with a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg, and try alternative milk, such as oat or almond for a different flavor.
Set an Earlier Alarm
Away from the drink itself, the best way to improve your morning coffee experience is to actually give yourself the time to experience it. Get up a little earlier so that you’ve got time to sit and savor your coffee, taking in the aroma, the feeling of your favorite mug in your hand, and the taste. A coffee that you sit and enjoy will always taste better than one that you drink quickly, or on the go.
Your morning coffee experience can set the tone for the day. Take your time and enjoy it, and you are more likely to have an easy, stress-free morning.