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How to brew the perfect french press coffee

French press coffee might look intimidating, but if you can drop a plastic pod into a Keurig, you can easily brew a great cup of French press. It’s totally worth waking up a few minutes earlier to use this flavorful method and save yourself from buying those expensive machines and wasteful K-cups. Experts estimate that every year, coffee drinkers are trashing enough single serving coffee pods to circle the planet between 10 1/2 and 12 times. But your freshly ground coffee beans produce zero waste and actually work as great compost among other things. There is no wasteful paper filter involved in the process (although you can compost this paper, you probably don’t), which allows the oils in the coffee bean to stay in your cup and give you a more satisfying serving of coffee. Are you ready to make the best brew you’ve ever had? It’s as easy as spooning coffee grinds to your French…

10 mistakes you probably make when brewing coffee

You drink a few cups every day, so naturally, you consider your coffee making abilities above average. But regardless of how long you’ve been making morning coffee, you probably often overlook a few of these steps. Fix these 10 flaws with your process and you’ll make the best, boldest, most delicious cup of joe you’ve ever brewed. Mistake #1: You don’t use water that is hot enough Professional coffee shops always reach the ideal 195º to 205º temperature window for brewing, and that’s part of the reason their product tastes so great. Water temperatures in this range extracts the most flavor from the grinds. While you probably can’t make your commercial pot get any hotter, you can switch to the French press/pour over method, where you basically just pour hot water over ground beans and steep for four minutes. A French press will only run you about $30, but it…

10 things you should never store in the refrigerator

The fridge is a great place for most fresh ingredients, but there are a few foods that will fare better if left at room temperature on your countertop or in a pantry. The average family of four in America throws out about $1,600 worth of food every year — often because the food wasn’t stored properly for maximum life span. Check out this list to learn how to make the most of some of the most common groceries. 1. Coffee beans If you’re shelling out serious cash on the best coffee beans, you better know how to store them. The National Coffee Association recommends storing beans in an opaque, air-tight container at room temperature. Air, moisture, heat and light are all enemies to your beans, so store in a dark and cool location, but never the fridge. Coffee is soft and porous and likes to absorb other flavors around it — in the…

Coffee art done Disney style

Coffee art has become a bit of a trend recently with artists everywhere showing off their stuff on frothy, foamy canvases. Baristas often go with the basic swan or simple swirl, but others are taking it over-the-top by dazzling us with fan favorite Disney cartoon characters. These lattes may have been designed with kids’ movies in mind, but they’re so fun, Disney-loving adults will definitely want to keep them all to themselves. From the Little Mermaid to Nemo, they’re so pretty you would hate to take that first sip and ruin it — but caffeines craving can only wait so long. Drink up! Olaf https://www.instagram.com/p/BeFWOjYhwzk/?taken-by=leekangbin91 The Little Mermaid https://www.instagram.com/p/BfdpDKdhxAd/?taken-by=leekangbin91 Darth Vader https://www.instagram.com/p/BatUhnWFUDc/?taken-at=6480445 Flounder and Donald Duck https://www.instagram.com/p/9Rdj7xky-z/?tagged=disneylatteart Micky and Minnie https://www.instagram.com/p/BhMXYHyALAK/?tagged=disneylatteart Lilo and Stitch https://www.instagram.com/p/4bImlyhxXE/?tagged=disneylatteart Bambi https://www.instagram.com/p/BTVbt90hiTD/?taken-by=leekangbin91 Beauty and the Beast https://www.instagram.com/p/BbDF7mqhazX/?taken-by=leekangbin91 Nemo https://www.instagram.com/p/BbklEVGD0NB/?taken-by=broderickst2 Watch this artist bring Disney latte art to life… https://www.instagram.com/p/BWyM06agADv/?tagged=disneylatteart Also see, Study says pizza can make you a more…

Coffee makes for a healthier liver, experts say

Coffee fans, go ahead and fire up that kettle or that Keurig and prepare some celebratory swings. A new report says that coffee consumption reduces the risk of chronic liver disease. According the roundtable report from the Institute for Scientfic Information on Coffee, people who were regular coffee drinkers — that is, drank between three and five cups of coffee a day — cut their risk of developing liver diseases like cirrhosis and liver cancer by up to 70 percent. The roundtable, held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, included academics, media medics and representatives from national liver associations from across Europe. They discussed recent research connecting coffee drinking and liver health and how to best disseminate the findings to healthcare professionals and the public. Chronic liver disease is one of the most common disease-related deaths in the United States today. An estimated 31,000 liver-related deaths occur every year. About one…

Coffee 101: The major differences between macchiatos, cappuccinos, lattes and more

These days we have a lot of ways to stay caffeinated. From cappuccinos to coffee, mochas to macchiatos, what’s really the difference between all these brews? Unless you’re a skilled barista or an all-around coffee aficionado, knowing the difference between drinks on a menu can be challenging. You’ll likely stick with one or two out of habit or comfort, but there might just be something you’d like more if you knew what it actually was. Love strong coffee? Go for the macchiato. Don’t like foam? A latte is your best bet. The difference between the most popular coffee house drinks usually lies in the cup’s ratios of espresso, milk and foam. Coffee foam is technically just steamed milk, but it’s been gently whipped to add air and give it that frothy texture. Mike Witherel, owner of Coffee Buddha in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania says, “We do our best to educate without hopefully coming across as pretentious.…

Four cups of coffee probably safe, new study confirms

Despite nearly two decades of conflicting research on how much coffee we can safely consume, people still love their morning cup of joe. And that would be fine, if our society stopped there. But collectively, we have a tendency to take things to the extreme. “Bring it!” responded one Los Angeles newscaster to an announcement that “the world’s strongest coffee” will now be available in the U.S. Just one cup of the South African based product, Black Insomnia (now also available on Amazon), has the equivalent of taking three Five Hour Energy shots. So how much is too much? Is there even a place for such a coffee in a responsible daily diet at all? A new study published in the journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology claims to have settled the great caffeine debate once and for all. Researchers combed through and compiled data from 5,000 articles published over a span of 15…