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Your peak coffee hours are not always right after you wake up.
The type of grind you use matters.
Coffee really does boost your focus - and your brain power.
Caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system, increasing focus and concentration by mimicking adenosine in the brain and keeping fatigue at bay - just be cautious about your dose. This informative video will give you a quick and dirty neurochemistry lesson.
Your preferred brewing method is as unique as you are.
Freshly ground is the only way to go.
If you're using pre-ground coffee, freshly ground beans are the single best change you can make to your morning coffee routine. Why? Freshly ground coffee makes a world of difference in flavor because the oils contained in the beans begin evaporating once they're ground, among other reasons.
Latte art is the mark of a superior barista.
Chances are, a barista who is skilled at latte art is also practiced at pulling a perfectly balanced shot of espresso, brewing a stellar pot of coffee, knowing their blends inside and out (including the varying levels of caffeine) and knowing how to describe various flavor profiles.
Invest in a Chemex or an Aeropress for a smooth, balanced cup o' joe.
The Chemex brewing method initially appeared in the early '40s, invented by chemist Peter Schlumbohm. It fell out of favor, only to come roaring back in popularity over the past few years. It utilizes the infusion method, making for a slower-brewed, and therefore richer, cup of coffee. Discover why the Chemex is known among coffee connoisseurs for producing the best cup of coffee.
Fair trade and direct trade matter.
Direct trade means that the farmers are paid directly by the company instead of through an independent party, cutting out the middleman and allowing for the best prices for the coffee farmer. Fair Trade means that there is a set of wage and environmental conditions that must be met by the producer and buyer, aimed at ensuring fair wages, ethical practices, and environmentally protective practices by farmers.