Smart Ways To Store Coffee Beans

Store coffee beans smartly to brew a fresh cup every morning
Store coffee beans smartly to brew a fresh cup every morning

Air, moisture, heat and light are the biggest enemies of your coffee beans. Coffee starts to lose its freshness almost after roasting. Therefore, it’s wise to buy coffee beans in small batches of freshly roasted coffee. However, if you have large quantities of coffee, invest in storage containers. It would be a wise idea to divide your coffee supply into a few smaller portions and store them in air-tight containers. Remember, when coffee is used in many recipes those savories become exotic  dishes.

Best Ways To Store Coffee Beans

It’s not always possible to go out pick up fresh coffee beans everyday. Stocking coffee for an entire month or may be for a couple of months is time-efficient. When we stock up coffee, we need to seriously think about storing them properly to keep them fresh to retain its flavor and aroma. Here are a few tips and guidelines to keep your coffee fresh and aromatic.

  • Store whole beans instead of ground coffee

Coffee aficionados prefer to store beans and grind them as and when required. The reason is ground coffee oxidizes quickly. Therefore, if you want to drink fresh cup of this brew store whole beans.

  • Consume the beans within a couple of weeks

The thumb rule is to consume the roasted beans within two weeks from the date of purchase. If you keep coffee beans longer than two weeks, it will go stale. Instead of stocking up coffee beans for more than two weeks, it’s wise to get purchase roasted beans from any reputed e-store and get them shipped directly to your door.

  • Store the beans in an airtight container

You need to clean your storage container each time its empty to keep your beans fresh. You can always store the beans in the reseal able bags they come in. Else you can store them in a glass jar with a tight lid.

  • Store the beans in a cool and dark place

The best way to store beans is in a dark area of your cupboard. Do not put them close to your cooking range or microwave. it will lose its freshness.

Americans drink coffee every morning to kick start their day. If you have any innovative ways to store coffee do share with us in the comment section.

Recipes Using Supreme Quality Coffee

Cafe Latte
Cafe Latte

Coffee is one of the world’s favorite brews. There are number of good reasons why Americans drink coffee every day. You can either brew a caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee. Or it can be served in several amazing ways. Some of the popular ways include

  • Espresso –  Here the brew is made using highly roasted coffee beans. Steam is passed through finely ground coffee powder at high pressure. This brew is served in tiny espresso cups.
  • Cafe Latte – A mixture of milk and espresso. It’s known as café au lait in France.
  • Macchiato – Here the espresso is served with a dash of cold or hot milk.
  • Americano – Diluted espresso.
  • Cappuccino – This is served for breakfast in Italy. Frothy steamed milk is mixed with espresso to make cappuccino.
  • Mocha – This brew is made by adding 1/3 cup of espresso, 1/3 cup of hot chocolate and 1/3 cup of steamed milk.

Coffee as a drink is not considered to be exotic drink. However, when you add a dash of coffee to bakes or puddings, that particular dish becomes exotic.  Here are a couple of easy to make recipes.

Coffee Pudding

Ingredients

  • Heavy cream – 1.5 cups
  • Espresso/strong brewed coffee – 1/2 cup
  • Cornstarch – 2 tbsp.
  • Salt -1/4 tsp
  • Brown sugar – 1/4 cup

Method

In a heavy-bottom pan, combine the cream and coffee. Simmer it over medium heat.

In another bowl, whisk together the salt, cornstarch and sugar to remove any lumps.

Add this to the simmering mixture in the pan. Whisk well. Boil in medium heat for a couple of minutes.

Strain the mixture through a strainer and pour it into serving bowl.

Cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least three hours

Serve it with sweet whipped cream. For sweet whipped cream, you need the following ingredients

  • Heavy cream – 2 cups
  • Sugar – 3 tbsp
  • Vanilla  essence – 1 tsp

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until peaks are formed. Serve chilled.

Coffee Brownies

  • Sugar – 2 cups
  • Unsalted butter – 100gms
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – 3/4 cup
  • Finely ground coffee powder – 3 tbsp.
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Eggs – 3
  • All-purpose flour – 1 1/4 cups
  • Chocolate chips – 1 cup
  • Freshly brewed coffee – 6 tbsp.
  • Crystallized ginger – 30 strips.

Method

Prepare a metal cake tin. Preheat the oven at 350°F. In a large bowl combine sugar, butter, cocoa, ground coffee and salt. Place the bowl over a pan of boiling water and whisk the ingredients until butter melts.

If the mixture is hot, bring it to the lukewarm. To this mixture add the eggs and vanilla. Whisk well to blend. Sift the flour and fold into this mixture.

Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 25 minutes. Cool the brownies. In a bowl place the chocolate chips over this pour the simmered coffee. Stir until, the chips have melted and the liquid is smooth.

Allow the mixture to cool and thicken. Now spread it evenly over the brownies.

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10 Best And Unusual Uses Of Coffee

Aromatic beverage has many unusual uses.
This Aromatic beverage has many unusual uses.

Most of us know Coffee as an aromatic beverage that gives us the punch to kickstart the day. Its sipped throughout the day by many to keep  them awake. Clinical trials also prove that caffeine can help to reduce the frequency as well as the intensity of headaches. It’s also used in exotic desserts to give the aroma and taste. However, did you know that this awesome, hot and caffeinated drink has many uses outside a tasty beverage.

  1. Composting agent

The spent coffee bean ground is a good composting agent when mixed with Lyle. They make a great source of food for the earthworms.

  1. Fertilizer

Similarly, they also make a great fertilizer for plants that grow in highly acidic soil such as roses, and azaleas. Since coffee is rich in nitrogen, potassium, calcium and magnesium and other minerals, you can spread a layer of coffee on the soil and minerals will be gradually released into the soil.

  1. Insect repellent

The strong odor of coffee is disliked by many insects such as maggots, ants, slugs and mosquitoes.

  1. Room refresher

Use a pair of your old socks. Double up the socks and fill it with the spent coffee grounds and tie it tightly. Leave it in the nook and corner of your house for everlasting aroma.

  1. Refrigerator deodorizer

Again if you want to get rid of the odor of onions or reduce the strong smells of the food, make a sachet of powdered coffee and leave it in the back of the fridge for a week or so. The coffee has the ability to absorb the strong food smells.

  1. In grilling meat

Toast fresh coffee grounds for half a minute on medium heat and then powder it with the other spices. Rub the spice powder on the meat and marinate it for a couple of hours in fridge before grilling.

  1. As a facepack

This is simple to make. Mix a couple of tablespoons of coffee grounds with a body lotion of your choice.

  1. Hand-wash

Gently rinse your hands with coffee grounds to get rid of the stubborn smells after cooking.

  1. Dish Scrub

Use coffee grounds to remove the grease stained objects from pans and pots. However, be careful when using it on light colored items as these might be stained.

  1. Natural hair conditioner

You want shiny tress all that you need is to brew a pot of coffee, allow it to cool and then rinse your hair with it after shampooing.

Now you know some of the best uses of coffee.  Please share your uses of coffee with us in the comments section.

Why Do I Drink Coffee Every Morning

Its all about coffee and me
Its all about coffee and me

For me that unmistakable smell of freshly brewed Coffee and its delectable taste are the only two main reasons to pry myself out of bed each morning. It’s an eye-opening as well as mouth-watering beverage consumed not only by me but approximately 100 million Americans.

Today you can choose from a myriad of flavors, styles, and presentations of coffee. You can choose coffee from the small and strong cup of coffee to a large mug. You can have it with or without milk, plain or frothy and you can add a shot of your preferred liqueur.

Whether habitual or social, the act of lifting a cup of Arabic Coffee has been around since its inception into the society and here are my favorite reasons why. My colleagues and acquaintances have various reasons as to why they depend on this aromatic black beverage and I have my own set of reasons.

8 Reasons Why I Drink Coffee?

  1. The mildly stimulating effect of the caffeine in this drink boosts my energy to keep me going throughout the day.
  2. I am accustomed to the taste of coffee and constantly crave for my favorite flavor.
  3. It aids in digestion. So I love to sip it post a heavy lunch or dinner. Sometimes even between meals.
  4. A shot of strong coffee helps me on a hectic and stressful day. It even helps fight depression on certain days.
  5. It’s a powerhouse of beneficial antioxidants, so keeps the free radicals under control.
  6. I love to hold business meetings over a cup of stimulating espressos. Socially, I also meet up with my friends for a cup of coffee and a bite of nutritious protein cookies.
  7. It’s a fact that coffee can become an addition. A lot of people including me have got used to having a cup of coffee at a certain time of the day. And I look forward to this daily routine that has become almost a ritual by now.
  8. Last but not the least, I love to try out and experience new things and coffee was no exception.

There is a gamut of brands, flavors and brands available in the market today. You can even carry your favorite brand of this beverage to your workplace. All that you need to add is some boiling water to get the right strength.

Now you have my reasons for sipping a cup of highly flavored aromatic coffee. Wouldn’t you share your reasons with me!