If you love craft coffee and want to replicate the tasty creations made by the barista at your favorite café, these coffee hacks are perfect for you. Below are 19 hacks that will turn your bland cup of coffee into one of delight (or even save you money)!
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- Your Popcorn Maker Can Roast Coffee Too
Did you know your popcorn maker isn’t just for popcorn? You can roast coffee at home in your popcorn maker! This process is so easy and will roast your coffee beans to perfection. The flavor of the beans will be smoother and richer than you ever thought possible. Give it a try!
- Create Your Own Coffee Syrup
Some people enjoy a basic cup of coffee. If you’re the type who likes to try different flavors, you will want to check out these coffee syrup recipes, especially the homemade vanilla, caramel coffee, and cinnamon dolce recipes. Your coffee will instantly be irresistible!
- Make Your Own Flavored Creamer
Finding a good creamer, especially one without additives, trans fats, and other ingredients you can barely pronounce, is nearly impossible. Even ones that are labeled “organic” or “natural” don’t quite seem to be that way. Don’t worry – making natural, fresh creamer is easy.
All you need to do is add a touch of almond or vanilla extract to your favorite dairy product or non-dairy substitute. Check out these recipes for making your own creamer that will cause you never to get store-bought creamers again. (And check out this recipe for cashew vanilla creamer that is completely non-dairy!)
- Bulletproof Coffee
Butter and coffee? What? You may think that butter and coffee don't go together, but they are actually a delicious combination- and commonly known as Bulletproof coffee. All you do is mix grass-fed butter and coconut oil into the blender, followed by your coffee. Blend it together until it is frothy and enjoy! This buttery coffee has a delightful flavor you’ll return to time and again.
This is an especially attractive option for those who are on high-fat, low-carb diets. Likewise if you follow paleo or gluten-free diets, this mocha bulletproof coffee is simple to make and so satisfying! You can feel even better knowing it will help boost your productivity by increasing your energy levels. Can’t go wrong!
Kitu makes a pre-made version of this- called "SuperCoffee"- that might be worth a try if you are interested - link below:
- Bulletproof Coffee Gummies
What do you do when you don’t have the time and energy to brew coffee or make your ownsyrups and creamers? This is why this coffee hack is absolutely genius! This is another a healthy, yet delicious coffee option to keep you energetic and boost your brain function. In order to make this awesome coffee treat, you will need to purchase a candy mold for making gummies. They can be any shape or size you wish. Here’s a fun recipe for coffee gummy worms to get you started.
- Invest in a Vacuum/Doublewall Travel Mug That Will Keep Your Coffee Hot for Hours
If you are on the go often and don’t have time to drink your coffee at home, you need a good travel coffee mug. While many don’t provide the necessary insulation, a vacuum or double-walled mug will keep your coffee hot for hours while you are on the go. You can find the best-quality ones online- but be sure to read the reviews!
Sure, vaccum travel coffee mugs are typically more expensive than normal ones but investing in a good mug means you won’t waste (as much) coffee. Buying one will be well worth the investment.
- Remove Coffee Stains from the Inside of Your Mugs with Baking Soda
Are you tired of seeing dark coffee stains inside of your white or light-colored mugs?
The good news is that there is a solution. Using a rough sponge, simply scrub the inside of the mug with baking soda and water, and voila - your mug is free of coffee stains! (You can even use vinegar to clean out pesky coffee stains!)
- Reheat Your Coffee on the Stove, Not in the Microwave
What’s the quickest way to reheat your coffee? The microwave. But that’s not the best method if you want to maintain optimal taste. The best method is to reheat your coffee slowly on the stove. Doing so will restore a lot of the flavor and make it taste almost as fresh as it was when it was brewed.
- Iced Coffee Popsicles
There’s no better way to enjoy coffee during the sweltering summer months than with an iced coffee popsicle. These are especially ideal for those of us who want (and need) coffee in the summer but can’t bear the idea of drinking anything hot. Check out these recipes for iced coffee popsicles and frozen coffee ice cubes. Come summertime, you’ll be glad you did!
- A Little Salt Removes the Coffee Bitterness
Sometimes our coffee is just a little too bitter. To fix that without having to add sugar or sugar substitutes, try adding a little bit of salt to your coffee. While salt won’t remove the bitterness completely, it will make a bitter brew more palatable without having to add sugar and creamer. You can even add salt to the coffee before you brew.
- DIY Pour-Over Coffee Stand
Wouldn’t it be pure bliss if you could have access to coffee at all times in your home without having to step foot in the kitchen? Well, there’s a contraption for that, and you can build and customize it yourself!
A pour-over coffee stand will save you tons of time making coffee in the long run, and you will have coffee on demand any time of the day. What could be better?! Check out this tutorial for instructions on creating your own stand!
- The Ember Mug is the Perfect Product to Keep Your Coffee at the Right Temperature
Coffee that has cooled to room temperature doesn't taste very fresh. But drinking it when it’s too hot can severely burn your mouth. Thankfully, there’s a cool, innovative device called Ember with a programmable mug that will keep your coffee at the temperature of your choosing. All you need to do is download the app, connect it to the mug via Bluetooth, pour your coffee in the mug, and set your desired temperature via the app. You’ll never have to reheat your coffee in the microwave or on the stove again!
- Don't Toss Your Old Coffee Grounds—Save it for the Garden Instead
If you’re like most people, you dispose of coffee grounds each day. Why would there be any reason to save them? Oddly, there’s a terrific, useful reason to save your coffee grounds. The next time you are done brewing your coffee, save them to feed your garden. Coffee grounds are rich in potassium, nitrogen, and many other important minerals that will help nourish the soil and naturally promote plant growth.
Coffee grounds also repel slugs and snails and can be used as mulch to control the growth of weeds. Hydrating plants’ leaves is just one more reason to save coffee grounds for use throughout the garden. Who knew?!
- Make an espresso substitute with a French press
If you don’t have the money in your bank account or the space on your kitchen counter for an espresso machine, you can still get the concentrated, rich taste of espresso by pulling out your handy French Press and grinding espresso beans extremely fine. Pour in enough hot water to submerge the grounds, but no more. You’ll end up with a pretty close (and affordable) representation of an espresso.
Your French Press can do even more! This trusty device can easily create frothed milk for your lattes as well. Heat milk up on the stove or in the microwave and pour it into your French Press. Move the plunger up and down to create the perfect frothy texture to go on top of your latte.
- Make cold brew coffee at home without buying a cold brewing device
If you have a bit of an engineering background or you like to tinker around with building things, this tip is for you. For cold brew coffee lovers, you do not have to buy an expensive cold brewer for your house. Just grab your AeroPress and some equipment you likely have around the house. Follow the tips in this guide to turn an AeroPress, water bottle, and mason jar into a cold brewer.
- Grind coffee in your blender
This tip is perfect for coffee lovers who travel. If you find yourself at a hotel or someone else’s home without all of your standard coffee-making supplies, there’s no need to panic. A blender can double as a coffee grinder. In fact, you can even use this common kitchen appliance to make cold brew coffee (if you’re willing to wait 8 to 12 hours).
- Make your own flavored coffee
Purchasing coffee grounds in a variety of flavors can get expensive. Instead of spending money on individual bags of flavored coffee, make your own at home! Just add your favorite spices to your coffee grounds before you brew a pot. Add in some cinnamon if you want a sweeter flavor, or choose nutmeg for a festive, holiday brew.
- Take a coffee nap
If a coffee nap sounds too good to be true, then keep reading. You’ve probably debated with your sleepy self on whether you should take a quick nap or drink a cup of coffee to get some extra energy during the day. Science says you should do both!
It takes about 20 minutes for your cup of coffee to kick in. You should also nap for no more than 20 minutes to avoid going into deeper sleep. By the time you wake up from your nap, your coffee will be setting in.
- Properly store your coffee beans
There’s a popular myth among coffee drinkers that storing your beans in the fridge or freezer is the best option. However, that is simply not true. Keeping coffee grounds or beans in a cool area is best, but the freezer can introduce too much moisture. Our guide on storing your coffee notes that storing coffee in an airtight, opaque coffee container in the freezer maintains optimal freshness.