Coffee is the most popular drink of choice for the United States, and a whopping 97 percent of Americans drink it at least once a week.
But it can be tricky to get the perfect cup.
Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect one.1.
Choose a roast that’s good for your palate.
This is a common mistake made by people who are new to coffee, as most coffee roasters don’t even know how to roast their beans, says Sarah Riggs, founder of the blog The Riggs Method.
Riggs also recommends that you check out some of the more well-known roasters like the one pictured here.2.
Consider the taste.
How does your coffee taste when you pour it into a mug?
Do you get a nice, creamy, rich cup or a little more of a smooth-but-still-smoky taste?
“You’re going to want to pick one that you like,” Riggs says.3.
Choose the right beans.
When it comes to beans, Riggs recommends choosing the right roast and beans for your cup of joe.
“If you’re a latte drinker, a coffee bean is the perfect choice because they’re very versatile,” she says.
“They’re great in a sandwich, but great for anything that needs a nice little burst of energy.”
I also like a coffee that’s full-bodied and has a nice coffee flavor,” Riggles adds.4.
Choose coffee that is flavorful.
“If you have a coffee with lots of antioxidants, you’ll have a better cup.”5. “
The coffee you’re looking for will have more antioxidants than any other roaster,” she advises.
“If you have a coffee with lots of antioxidants, you’ll have a better cup.”5.
Choose an espresso maker.
“I think a lot people think of espresso as being a fancy, fancy thing, but it’s actually a really simple thing,” Rakes says.
The key to a good cup of espresso is having a nice hot cup of milk, Rakes adds.6.
Choose roasted beans with a nice taste.
Rakes also suggests choosing roasted beans that are high in antioxidants, like roasts from a specialty roaster.7.
Choose fresh beans.
Fresh beans are the freshest beans available, and they’re easy to get and easy to enjoy, she says, so choose beans that look fresh.8.
Choose to drink from a mug.
“When I started, I was always trying to figure out how to make the perfect coffee cup, and that’s not something I ever thought I’d do,” Riggins says.
“It’s not like, ‘I need to go back to the kitchen and get a coffee mug.'”9.
Look for a different cup for each meal.
If you’re eating a meal on a weekday or even on a weekend, Riggins recommends having a different type of coffee with each meal, as well as different types of coffee.
“Some people will like a little coffee and some people will enjoy it all day,” she adds.
“So if you’re having breakfast or lunch, a nice cup of black coffee will be great.
If your meal is dinner, you might want to stick with a white or a dark cup.”10.
Check out the roast.
Rigges recommends checking out your coffee roaster’s website to see what kind of coffee you want.
“This is an excellent opportunity to find out what roasters roast their coffee, and whether they roast beans that you want,” she explains.
“It’ll give you a better idea of whether it’s good or not, and it will also give you some idea about what beans you should be using for your coffee.”