15 Things We Learned About Coffee This Year
So many of us start our days with coffee of some sort. From a full French press of black coffee to an espresso drink with a mountain of foam, there’s something for almost everyone. There’s also still a lot to learn to help you make a better cup of joe at home. Here are our favorite coffee lessons from 2015.
- Introducing fika: This was the year of fika, the Swedish coffee break. Learn what it is and why it will make your days so much better.
- How to choose the right brewing method: Try our handy flow chart to decide whether you should be using an AeroPress, French press, or classic drip coffee maker.
- What is a “flat white” exactly?: They’ve been popular for ages in Australia and New Zealand, but this was the year we all started embracing the cousin of the latte.
- The brilliance of the coffee nap: Yes, it sounds counterintuitive, but the coffee nap is a real thing and it changed our afternoons in 2015.
- Your barista wishes you knew these things already: Good coffee doesn’t need milk, you should buy that burr grinder already, and a quality cup takes time. Plus, a few other lessons you’ll be better off knowing in 2016.
- Which has more caffeine: hot coffee or cold brew?: There isn’t really a clear-cut answer to this question, but it’s good to know a few tricks to control the amount of caffeine in your cup.
- Stop microwaving your coffee: This is one of the ultimate pet peeves for coffee lovers. It might be tempting to warm up that cold cup, but you’d be better off making a fresh pot.
- Coffee is good for more than drinking: You can put leftover coffee to good use by watering your plants, making a natural fabric dye, or even using it as a sepia-toned watercolor paint.
- Tonic water is the best thing to happen to cold brew this year: Did you get hooked on coffee tonics this year? You’re not alone. It was one of our favorite drinks of the summer.
- Mind your manners at the coffee shop: There are some hard-and-fast rules of coffee shop etiquette, including knowing when it’s okay to use your cell phone.
- You too can be a barista: If you’re ready to up your coffee game and be a barista, take these steps to get started.
- There’s a right way to store your coffee: Sometimes you have to go back to basics. Follow this guide for the freshest beans possible.
- Fika isn’t just about coffee: If you want to fika like a true Swede, you’re going to need a baked good, too.
- You have permission to get your coffee beans by mail: Here are a few of our favorite coffee subscription companies.
- You’re not hallucinating — airplane coffee really does taste bad: It’s all about the water they use. You’re better off skipping that in-flight coffee service.