Tips from Your Barista to Improve Your Daily Coffee

Let’s be real, as a college student it’s hard to afford to buy coffee every single day, and we’ve all had those days where you need caffeine but drip coffee just doesn’t sound appealing. With finals looming in the distance, we all need a little extra something to put some pep in our step, so I’m here to give you a few tips for how to spice things up. (Both figuratively and literally.)

 

1.  Make your own pumpkin spice coffee

As basic as it sounds, I’m a sucker for pumpkin spice seasoning, even after surviving three PSL seasons. I have a container of it from Trader Joe’s, and I really love mixing it with some honey before adding the coffee and a little cream. The spices and the honey mix really beautifully, and it makes my coffee feel just a little more special.

2. Try a French press or pour-over

 Coffee machines are great and convenient, but if you have a little more time on your hands, try making it with a French press or pour-over! The flavor from the coffee comes out a little more, and it’s really satisfying to either pour the water into the filter or press down when it’s done brewing. French presses are super easy to find and come in a wide price range, so I highly recommend checking them out.

3. Get a milk frother

Ever wanted perfectly foamy milk, but don’t have a way to do it? A hand frother is the perfect solution, and much cheaper and easier than getting an espresso machine with a steaming attachment. Just heat up your milk on the stove or in the microwave, then put the frother in and let it go for 30 seconds or so, moving around the sides and changing the depth. My favorite thing to do with this is to make a café au lait, which is half steamed milk and half coffee. It’s a great drink for those mornings where you want something just a little creamier.

4. Try adding chai

If you’re anything like me, you have a deep appreciation for really good dirty chais. I’m not going to lie, I definitely prefer them with espresso, but there are some great workarounds. I use a chai powder that I bought from the shop I work at, but I’ve found chai syrups at others. If your go-to local coffee shop has a really great chai, it’s worth asking if they sell it. Mix that in with some coffee and cream instead of your usual sweetener, and you’re good to go!

 

However you decide to change up your routine, be it big or small, don’t be afraid to experiment to get it perfect. Who knows, you might just end up with your new favorite drink.

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