5 biggest coffee mistakes you can avoid

We all love coffee; most of us cannot start our day without a perfect cup of coffee. In spite of being among the best beverages, coffee can harm you in many ways. But these mistakes can easily be avoided thus making your coffee harmless:

  • Dirty equipment: You should always make sure that all the equipment’s you use are washed thoroughly, leaving no traces of soap or dirt. Usually sieves and cups are mistakenly dirty which can give your coffee a foul taste as well as harm your health. So clean and hygienic equipment are a must first of all. The cleaner your equipment, the more you will enjoy your coffee.
  • Old beans: Sometimes using stale coffee beans gives you a disgusting cup. The beans you buy will stay fresh for only 1 to 2 weeks. Beans older than that are considered to be stale and should not be used for making coffee. Old coffee beans can irritate your stomach and cause other stomach-intestine related problems, so save yourself and buy new beans today!
  • Using too much of coffee: the coffee to water ratio should always be taken into consideration, otherwise it may result in either bitter taste of your cup due to too much of coffee, and if you add too little of it you will get a weak, watery coffee. Coffee professionals recommend 2 tablespoons per 6-8 ounces of water. Everyone knows coffee contains caffeine hence more amount can make you addicted.
  • Improper water temperature: Coffee should always be done at the right temperature. If the water is too hot, you can scald your coffee, and if it’s too low, the flavours will be mellow. So water should be just below its boiling point (100 degree centigrade) to give it the perfect texture and taste and to save your tasters from burning their tongue!
  • Impure water: water is tasteless, but carefully examining we come to know that your tap water contains a taste of minerals, which will add to the taste of your coffee, so it is always recommended to use pure boiled spring water or filtered water for making your coffee without any added flavours of water.

5 biggest coffee mistakes you can avoid These are tested tricks that can enhance the flavours of your coffee. And you can drink it without any fear of getting addicted or getting sick. You might be making a great cup of coffee already, but if you do not consider these points try taking into account these for once and then see how you already amazing coffee become better than ever. Even if you do not find a major difference in the taste, the health factor has surely gone up and that’s our promise!

Coffee on a Budget: 10 Tips from the Great Depression

Coffee is always a love-love relationship. There is no hate involved, when it comes to this delicious beverage.  While most are frugal in most of the things they do, there is no compromise for them when it comes to their daily cup of coffee. Everyone wants to save their money on coffee and they might retort to buying cheap grinds from the store, but it might just end up disappointing them and throwing the grind away, rather than brewing an awesome cup of coffee. So, here are the 10 tips from the great depression, which one can use when it comes to preparing a great cup of coffee when on a budget without compromising on its quality.

(1) Always buy coffee beans in bulk

For a fresh cup of coffee, one should buy around 4-5 pounds of coffee from stores such as Sams or Costco instead of 1 pound from the local mom and pop store. This will immensely save the costs, as the bulk coffee costs a lot less, as compared to a pound of coffee beans.

(2) Grind your own coffee beans

Investing in a grinder makes much more sense than buying grounded coffee. Reason-Grounded coffee costs a lot more than coffee beans. Freshly ground coffee, not only tastes better, but it will also be available at a lesser cost as the whole beans cost less. Besides, grounded coffee might go bad after a few days and one might throw them away, but that may not be the case with the coffee beans.

(3) Don’t grind the coffee beans every day

A very practical tip, wherein if you grind the coffee every day, the overhead costs of making a cup of coffee increases. The ideal scenario would be to grind the coffee and store it at someplace and use it as and how it is required.

(4) Store the coffee grounds in an airtight container, than a refrigerator

If the coffee is ground in bulk it needs to be preserved in an airtight container rather than a refrigerator, as the refrigerator tends to suck out the flavor.

(5) Self measure the coffee grounds

Few coffee grinders have a setting which allows one to choose the number of cups he/she needs to make and in turn the grinder will grind the beans accordingly. However, due to this setting, additional grind goes into making a cup of coffee and not the actual quantity as required, thus making the coffee, not only stronger, but also wasting that precious coffee grind. Hence it is always ideal to measure the coffee grind by self and then make the coffee.

(6) Clean the coffee grinder often

Cleaning the coffee grinder often, not only ensures that no coffee gets wasted, but also ensures that the machine works efficiently.

(7) Make just enough coffee

Most of the people have a habit of making a full pot of coffee rather than the actual quantity required, which ends up being thrown in the sink, just because it runs cold. It is always ideal to make only the required quantity and if one wants more, one can always brew the additional cup. Also, excess consumption of coffee is not good, and one can keep a tab on the coffee consumed, just because in the first place, the required coffee got brewed.

(8) Drink yesterday’s coffee instead of throwing it away

Keep yesterday’s coffee in a refrigerator, if it is excess and drink it the next day after reheating it. The taste of the coffee in no way is affected due to this hack,

(9) Refrigerate the leftover coffee and drink it cold

If one would not like to reheat yesterday’s coffee, he/she can refrigerate the coffee and can have cold coffee whenever they feels like. And the best part about this is, it costs much less than the one available in the coffee shop.

(10)  Putting just the right amount of sugar cubes in the coffee

Not only excess sugar is bad for one’s health, but it also wastes money due to excess consumption. One way to drink great coffee on a budget is to control the amount of sugar which is consumed. Avoiding excess sugar also keeps those calories away and the diseases at bay.

Coffee on a Budget: 10 Tips from the Great Depression These are some of the ways in which pennies, if not dollars can be saved per cup of coffee. If calculated over a year, the savings will simply be amazing.

How to Start a Business with Only Coffee

morning-coffee-with-money-sign-featOne of the main reasons to start a business is to make money. And when someone wants to start the business, using coffee at its core, what good would it be but a coffee shop! The coffee business is growing across the world in large numbers and it won’t be wrong to say, it is one of the most lucrative businesses in the world, and has been, since a long time. And if one wants to bathe in the entrepreneurial spirit, there’s no better time to start a coffee shop than now.

To start a coffee shop the following things need to be taken care of:

1)      Location: This is the most important factor for the success of the coffee shop. One may have the best coffee shop in the world, but if the prospective customers don’t see it, the chances of success for the shop will be slim.

The locations of the coffee shop for a higher probability of success should be:

  • On a commercial walking street
  • Next to a college or a  university
  • Downtown business district
  • In a large office space
  • Tourist areas experiencing high footfalls
  • Airports and Railway platforms
  • Shopping malls

2)      Design: Not only should the coffee shop have an attractive interior design, it should also be designed in such a way that it allows the service to be provided in an efficient and a fast manner, minimizing the wait time per customer. Slow and sloppy services definitely impact the sales along with upsetting the customers who may want to grab their cup real quick.

3)      Use of loyalty cards: Nothing drives sales better in a coffee shop, than the loyalty cards. The cards should be designed in such a way that they look good in the wallet of the customer and there is little wear and tear even after a year of use. And nothing delights the customer more than a free cup of coffee after his/her ninth cup.

4)      Promote multiple sales – A coffee shop can never make good profit if it continues serving just coffee. Coffee should be the prime driver to visit the shop for the customers, but to make the shop successful, coffee should not contribute to more than 40 % of the total weekly sales. The traditional coffee accompaniments like muffins, cookies, cakes should be close to the point of sale along with items such as sandwiches, and hot drinks to ensure multiple sales and better profitability.

5)      Taste: If the menu served in the coffee shop is meaningless, the customer will end up buying a coffee house, rather than a cappuccino or a latte.  And the difference in price between these coffees is pure profit. And to make this profit, the drink served, must really taste good. If the customer was not served the right coffee, the customer won’t enjoy that excitement, disappointing him/her to the extent that he/she might never return to the shop. Besides, just the sales of regular coffee, might also result in lower revenues and lower customer satisfaction, thus failing to provide the customer with a compelling reason to return to the shop on a daily basis.

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These are some of the important tricks to ensure that the coffee chain runs not only successfully, but continues to prosper in terms of profitability. Agreed, that starting a coffee shop is hard work, but for an entrepreneur, it is equivalent to living a dream and with the right ingredients as mentioned up there, there is no reason why a business can’t be made successful around coffee.

 

Behind every successful person is a substantial amount of coffee

How to make Coffee Tiramisu

In Italy, meals are usually finished, with a bite of fresh fruits rather than an indulgence in desserts. Desserts after meals are such a rarity, that they mark a special occasion. Maybe that’s the reason why, Italian desserts are always presented lavishly, with quite indulging ingredients and having unique flavor combinations, such that they pleasure the taste buds beyond words.Due to the attention to the fine details that the Italians pay, their desserts are getting a lot of attention. And among the all the popular Italian Desserts, Tiramisu is definitely the most favorite.

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Tiramisu, the masterpiece of Italian cooking, is an elegant and a rich dessert having a velvety and a soft texture which provides a luxurious treat to those connoisseurs of food.  This dessert literally translates to ‘Pick Me Up’ and there is a story as to why it means so. The dish is so named because of the two irresistible caffeinated ingredients present in the dessert, espresso and cocoa, which would simply swoon the taster of his feet, making him want more. Truth or not, the world is not complaining and people just love their tiramisu

How to make Tiramisu?

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Black coffee (Freshly powdered preferred)
  • Lady Fingers cookies
  • Whipped cream
  • Cocoa powder to dust

Directions:

1)      Making the Mascarpone Cream-

  • Mix the egg yolks with sugar (1 tbsp sugar per egg yolk).

Note: Tiramisu uses raw eggs and hence eggs need to be fresh

  • Whisk the eggs until a whitish mixture gets formed
  • Once the mixture looks fluffy, creamy and has a rich texture, add mascarpone cheese in small quantities, while continuing to whisk it, to make sure granular lumps don’t get formed.

2)      Preparation of the base-

  • Prepare a regular black coffee and allow it to cool down until it reaches the room temperature.
  • Finely chop the chocolate, such that it can be sprinkled on top of the Tiramisu

3)      Putting it together:

  • It is time to assemble this awesome dessert. And this assembly requires the use of lady fingers. Dip the lady fingers in the coffee, such that they get entirely covered and place them up in a glass baking pan.

Note: Dip the lady fingers and take them out quickly, as the cookies tend to break, if they are dipped in the coffee for too long.

  • Cover the lady fingers with a generous layer of freshly made mascarpone cream. Smooth it out with a spatula to make the mixture look voluminous.
  • Dust the cocoa powder on top of this layer of mascarpone cream. If one likes, one can add pieces of dark chocolate on top of the cocoa powder, just to give the layer that extra crunch.
  • Repeat the process of adding layer after layer, until you reach the top of the glass.
  • Whip the cream over the top of the final layer and finish it off by a generous dusting of sugar and chocolate.

4)      Serving Instruction:

Place the Tiramisu in the fridge for around 4-5 hours before serving. This makes the cookies soak up the coffee and the other flavors, just making this dessert taste so heavenly.

This is a simple way of preparing the Tiramisu. Though the Italians might be having the Tiramisu during festival celebrations, one may not have to wait that long to consume this dessert and they can make it, right in their homes using the above mentioned simple recipe.

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not! ~Author Unknown