Brewed coffee should be enjoyed immediately, as it will begin to lose its optimal taste mere moments after brewing. Coffee should never be left on an electric burner plate for longer than fifteen minutes or it will develop a stale, burnt taste. If not served immediately, coffee should be poured into insulated containers and used within the hour. KRUPS insulated internal tank system on the Cup on Request machine avoids this issue, and the brand's Thermal Carafe Machines also eliminate the need for transfer, as the pot itself can be removed from the plate immediately after brewing. As a rule of thumb when using Thermal Carafes, KRUPS recommends running hot water in the carafe prior to brewing, otherwise, the cold stainless steel will cool down the liquid much too quickly.
Much like a fine wine, coffee should be enjoyed with all the senses. Take note of acidity, aroma, bitterness, body and nuttiness. For in depth coffee tasting, or "cupping" tips, check out the guide from CoffeeCuppers.com here.
Drink smaller, more frequent servings (about 1/4 cup every hour). Research shows that caffeine works best in small, frequent doses, and a large cup can actually lead to a crash.
Studies show that caffeine combined with Nicotine intake significantly reduces caffeine's staying power. Nicotine suppresses the effect of caffeine, cutting some of its stimulating properties in half.
Since it takes about 20 minutes to feel the effects of coffee and sleep is the only solution to really offer a feeling of restfulness, the best way to get that second wind is by drinking a cup, then taking a quick nap while the caffeine sets in. You'll wake up feeling alert and refreshed!
Check out this groovy video that shows how to make a fantastic cup of coffee from start to finish. The finished product is so gorgeous that this video should probably be classified as erotica for coffee heads!
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