Having the best espresso machine and the best coffee around isn’t a guarantee you’ll get a good cup of coffee. Certain procedures and techniques play an essential role in the whole coffee-brewing process. This article will walk you through these processes and teach you how to make coffee without milk.
Tips on how to make coffee without milk
- Add to beans
Used to adding extra ingredients to your steaming cup of coffee? Try adding flavor enhancers or sugar to the beans instead, before grinding them. Chocolate, lemon zest, or cinnamon are other options you can add to your beans before grinding, for your coffee to taste great minus the add-ins after pouring.
- In smaller and more frequent doses.
For those who like to jump-start their day by drinking coffee in a mug rather than the usual cup, that’s not the way to go. Smaller and more frequent doses of caffeine are proven to be more effective than a single, larger dose. A small cup of your favorite coffee is enough to wake you up initially. Then take another cup after a couple of hours.
- Magic ingredient
Lattes usually use milk to soften up the bitter taste of espresso and to make the beverage thicker. After all, what’s a latte without the classic creamy foam on top. But what if you’re lactose intolerant and can’t drink milk?
Aside from the usual coffee and water ingredients, all you need is xanthan gum. It works in most liquids: hot or cold, basic or acidic, whipped cream, and yes, coffee.
Xanthan gum is normally used as a thickener in other healthy recipes. Its sticky effect makes the water act a bit like milk. Just add 0.1% of it to your coffee. Or about 1 gram of xanthan gum in a liter of coffee and voila! Xanthan gum thickens your coffee up like a latte, complete with the classic foam on top. Your version of in-house Starbucks.
- Cold-brew your coffee
Soak ground coffee beans in cold, plain water overnight (12 hours) and leave them in the fridge. Strain out the grounds the next day. You can now put this coffee on ice, add sweetener and cream. Or heat it if you prefer it hot.
Cold-brewing your coffee is easier and cheaper. It’s less acidic and offers a unique taste than hot-brewed coffee.
Cold-brew coffee can be used in coffee-flavored cocktails and makes for a refreshingly chilled caffeine fix during the warmer weather.
- The bulletproof coffee
For most people, coffee is their guilty pleasure and day-starter. Coffee additives like sugar and milk though, when taken as often, can be fattening.
Have everything ready — 15 to 30 ml of MCT oil, 2 tbsp. of unsalted butter, and 2 cups of coffee. Start your day with a kick. Easy to make every morning without the extra steps. Cinnamon or pink salt can be added as options for a more intense flavor. Brew your pot of coffee. Mix the 3 main ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve hot.
People who drink bulletproof coffee attest to having higher energy levels all through the day, less craving for sweets, and losing weight faster.
- Add salt on coffee
The bitter taste of coffee keeps some people from liking it. A pinch of salt in your coffee will counteract that bitterness. The saltiness also renders a smoother taste to your coffee.
Other tips and techniques on how to make coffee without milk
- French press
After the drip coffee maker, French press is one of the easier ways of making a good cup of coffee. Steep the grounds in hot water for at least 4 minutes. Then press the grounds out. It allows easy brewing for several people at once.
Bottom line is, French press coffee, or any type of coffee for that matter, that’s made without using a paper filter, may increase your cholesterol levels. A large intake of unfiltered coffee has also been linked to cardiovascular diseases.
- The long black
There are now variations on how to make the long black.
Pour 200 ml. hot (neither too hot nor boiling) water into the cup, then add a shot or two of espresso on top, instead of the other way around. This produces a nice black brew while retaining the natural crema (that foamy caramel-colored puff on top of the espresso) without burning the flavors.
To make a long black, all you need is hot water and your espresso choice of beans. Arabica coffee beans produce and blend an aromatic, full-bodied brew that’s perfect for this kind of drink. The usual ratio is ¼ espresso to ¾ parts of hot water.
- Syphon coffee
This one looks more like a science high lab experiment than a coffee brewing procedure. A siphon coffee maker uses a system of heating and cooling and pushes the water vapors up into the chamber, where it mixes with the grounds and is then pulled down as a light tasting brewed coffee.
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- Where does all the caffeine go?
Soda and pharmaceutical companies buy the caffeine taken out of the beans for decaf blends.
- What’s the world’s most expensive coffee?
Kopi luwak or “cat poop coffee” comes from the beans previously ingested and pooped out by civet cats. And costs up to $600 per pound.
- Can a car run on coffee grounds?
“Car-puccino” is the eco-friendly 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco that was modified to run using leftover coffee grounds.
- What’s the difference between arabica and robusta?
Arabica is the more expensive variety because it’s hard to cultivate, and grown in very few select locations at high altitude. It produces a softer, smoother, and fruitier brew.
Robusta beans contain an almost doubled amount of caffeine as arabica, and taste more bitter. It’s more preferred to use for instant coffee.
Coffee making isn’t as easy as others think. From the equipment used. Type and amount of beans, how you measure your ingredients, how you roast and grind, water quality, the way you pour, stir. All these contribute to making a good cup of coffee. And unless you get all these right, it’ll be hard to keep the consistency in every serving.