How to Make the Best Cup of Coffee

By Abby Humphreys

With finals week quickly approaching, coffee will soon become the staple beverage of nearly every college student. However, drinking good coffee doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank every week or wasting time in the Starbucks line that could be better spent studying.

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A great cup of coffee can be made with basic ingredients and tools easy to store and operate in every apartment or dorm room. Try the tips and recipes below in order to make your coffee exactly how you like it from the comfort of your own kitchen.

1. Using The Right Tools

Cheap coffee makers aren’t in short supply at stores like Walmart and Target, but instead of wasting precious dorm or apartment counter space with an electric model, investing in a French press or Aeropress will save space while making a better-tasting cup of coffee every time. Both can be stored out of sight, cleaned easily and only cost between $20-30.

Don’t know which to choose? Watch the video below to find what will work best for you.

Tip: Using this method of brewing in an Aeropress supposedly creates a better cup of coffee by eliminating the bitterness found in over-steeped coffee.

2. Storing Beans Correctly

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Everyone has their own favorite brand of coffee bean, but how to store the beans once you purchase them is one of the most important steps in brewing delicious coffee from home.

“Your beans’ greatest enemies are air, moisture, heat, and light,” The National Coffee Association states. Its website recommends using airtight containers instead of leaving the coffee in the bag it was purchased in. Finding a cool, dark place in which to store it is key, so this could mean even under your bed if you live in a dorm.

Freezing or refrigerating your coffee beans is another way to maintain freshness for a longer period of time, but the website recommends making sure the storage container you use is truly airtight so freezer burn doesn’t become a problem.

3. Trying the Right Recipes

There are hundreds of tutorials on YouTube and thousands of websites with easy copycat coffee recipes from coffeehouse chains, but it’s hard to know where to begin. Try these below as a jumping-off point to find what works best for you.

This mocha recipe uses instant espresso powder to create the perfect homemade mocha. If you live in a dorm and don’t have a stove with which to quickly melt the chocolate, you can heat it with your microwave in 15-second increments.

This video uses an Aeropress to make a homemade latte without a machine. If you don’t have a milk frother like the one used in the video, you can try any of these methods to create the same effect.

This barista training video shows how to make an easy cappuccino with just a French press while also demonstrating one of the milk frothing methods mentioned in the previous link.

(And don’t forget to check out The DA Eats’ DIY pumpkin spice latte recipe if you just can’t get enough pumpkin flavor throughout the year!)

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