Coffee is probably the best invention ever! And the mug, that holds this delicious goodness, is the second best. How could coffee get any better you ask? Check out these 10 coffee hacks, we've come up with, just for you!
1. Coffee Ice Cubes
So simple you might have said, "why didn't I think of that?" Make some coffee and pour it into an ice tray to freeze. Once frozen, you can now literally add coffee to your coffee! What a great idea! Or, put your coffee ice into a cup and pour your favorite milk or cream on top, to get a delicious cold and creamy cup of joe.
2. Coffee Infused Power Naps
What… that’s a thing? Yes, yes it is... and if you’re an overachiever or need a quick boost, here’s what you gotta do:
1) Drink your coffee.
2) Lay down for a 20-ish minute nap.
3) Wake up caffeinated. You won’t fall victim to oversleeping or grogginess, and you don’t have to waste time brewing coffee when you should be getting more important things done!
3. Overnight Cold Brew – Single Serving
Make this single serving cold brew, in mason jars, to start your morning off right!
- In a jar, stir together 1.5 oz coffee and 1.5 cups cold water. Cover and let rest at room temperature or in the refrigerator, overnight or up to 12 hours.
- Strain twice through a coffee filter, a fine-mesh sieve or a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Now pour it back into a clean mason jar or favorite cup. Add a little extra water to dilute it, if need be or add milk!
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4. Fix Bitter Coffee With Salt
Coffee tasting a little bitter? Salt will mellow out the flavor of your too-bitter coffee.
We're not talking about a lot of salt here — only a pinch. You can add it to the grounds before it's brewed, or dissolve it in a pot of brewed coffee. Of course, if you are avoiding salt, this trick might not work for you either, and you'll just have to learn to enjoy your coffee black. Easy peasy!
5. Nourish Your Garden With Old Coffee Grounds
Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, potassium, and other minerals that plants crave. Adding coffee grounds to your plants, especially highly acidic plants like tomatoes, can result in a much larger yield and larger fruit. It also works well with root vegetables like carrots and beets. Yummmm!
6. Reduce The Appearance Of Cellulite
Cellulite is a condition that gives the skin a dimpled, lumpy appearance. It affects 80–90% of adult women. It occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue under your skin and is commonly seen in the buttocks and thighs.
When caffeine such as that in coffee grounds is applied topically, it may help break down this fat and increase blood flow to the area, thus decreasing the appearance of cellulite .
Simply mix grounds with water or coconut oil and scrub for 10 minutes twice weekly on any areas affected by cellulite.
7. Tenderize Meat
Meat contains muscle fibers and proteins that can give it a tough consistency. Tenderizing meat helps break them down, resulting in a softer texture.Salt, enzymes and acids are three natural types of meat tenderizers.
Coffee contains natural acids and enzymes, making it especially effective at tenderizing meat. The acidic nature of coffee can also help enhance the flavor of meat.
Simply add used coffee grounds to your favorite dry-rub recipe and apply the rub to the meat two hours before cooking. The grounds will get cooked onto the meat and form a dark, crispy crust. Alternatively, you can rebrew used grounds to make coffee, allow it to cool and use it to marinade meat in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before cooking.
8. Treat Under-Eye Circles
The skin surrounding the eyes is extremely delicate and contains very little fat tissue. Because of this, it’s one of the first places you might see signs of aging . Many things can contribute to the development of dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, including fragile blood vessels, poor circulation and inadequate skin quality.
Coffee grounds seem to be a promising solution due to their high antioxidant and caffeine contents. Studies show that skin care products containing antioxidants and caffeine can help prevent the appearance of aging and reduce under-eye circles. In particular, caffeine has anti-inflammatory properties and stimulates blood circulation around the eyes, which can help reduce the appearance of dark circles and swelling. The antioxidants in coffee can also help fight free radicals, which contribute to skin aging.
Simply add water or coconut oil to your coffee grounds to form a paste. Apply the mixture under your eyes and let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing. Repeat this process daily or as needed.
9. Boost Coffee's Effects With Grapefruit
We all know that the effects of caffeine tend to diminish the more often we drink it, but you can still get back that first-time-I-ever-drank-coffee buzz with the help of some grapefruit! The healthy fat in the fruit, will help slow the absorption process of the caffeine in your body.
10. Healthy Coffee Hack
Trying to stay in shape or maybe lose a few pounds, but love delicious flavored coffee!?
You may have heard of the whole "adding butter to your coffee", right? Sounds silly, but some nutritional experts swear that blending your coffee with grass-fed butter or coconut oil provides your body with essential nutrients that can give you more energy, keep you fuller longer, and kick your metabolism into high gear.
Maybe try adding a little cinnamon on top of that? One study found just half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day can significantly reduce blood sugar levels, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
If this sounds like too much work and you're just looking for some delicious flavored coffee you can drink black, well look no further! Check out our line up of flavored coffees! There's something for everyone. How about Blueberry Muffin or Fortune Cookie!