Brewing coffee every morning doesn’t need to be confined to a microwave and a to-go thermos! Waking up should be a nice routine to ease you into your day and give you a spring board to tackle all of the goals that need to be met and errands that need to be completed.
Wait to drink your coffee until 15 minutes after you’ve woken up.
It’s called “sleep inertia,” and it’s what makes you feel like staying in bed all day after you first wake up. It’ll wear off in 10 to 15 minutes, but if you drink your coffee before then, you may end up drinking too much while trying to wake up.
Choose a nice mug.
A strong, heavy mug will make your coffee feel nicer in the same way that eating dinner on fancy china with a cloth napkin will make your food taste better than eating that same dinner off of a paper plate with a plastic fork. Your coffee won’t actually taste any better, but your perception of it will change, and that is the most important part of experiencing your morning coffee.
Warm or chill your mug.
Before serving your coffee, whether you’re drinking it hot or over ice, let your mug match the feeling. Throw a bit of water into the mug and microwave it for 15 seconds, or put your mug in the fridge for a bit. You don’t want your hot coffee to become lukewarm due to a freezing mug in the middle of winter! That will ruin your coffee experience.
Grind your own coffee beans.
The fresher they are, the more aromatic and delicious your coffee will be! Grinding the beans releases the oils and flavors that you want in your coffee – buying the beans pre-ground just doesn’t compare. Maybe it isn’t worth it to you to go out and buy a coffee grinder. I’ll leave you with this thought: why is the freshly ground coffee from coffee shops so much better than the sad and tasteless cup I brew at home? Hint: It is definitely the freshly ground beans! It changed my life. Those 15 minutes that I’m not supposed to drink coffee after just waking up are now spent grinding coffee beans and making breakfast. It is perfection, I tell you.
Choose fun flavorings.
While some people like to drink their coffee black, I need cream and sugar to be contented. If you’re bored with your routine, jazz it up with some fun additions that you might already have on hand! Cinnamon, vanilla, hazelnut, nutmeg, caramel, and even chocolate are all delicious additions to your morning coffee. If it’s a weekend or you’re in the mood for something extra, you can add a bit of a kick with a bit of whiskey and cream! Don’t forget the sugar.
Space out your servings.
Don’t drink cups of coffee back to back! Wait about an hour or two between cups to get the maximum effect from your delicious drink. Drinking coffee too often will hurt you in the long run, and you’ll end up building up a resistance. Before I learned about this, I would drink two cups of coffee immediately in the mornings, thinking I would “wake up” faster. Just don’t do it!
Turn your boring cup of coffee into a fun experience every single morning! Switch up the flavors, the beans, and mugs for a fresh new way to drink your caffeine. Enjoy!