It’s easy to get into the habit of stopping at your favorite coffee shop on your way to work. Maybe the baristas know you and your order, maybe you can’t last an entire day without your iced caramel macchiato, or maybe you’re just so used to buying your coffee you’ve forgotten how to make it at home, too. So if you’re ready to save a few dollars, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our best coffee storage solutions, and a few recipes sure to give your favorite coffee shop a run for their money.
Why You Need a Coffee Storage Container
If you’re a resident coffee-lover, you know that opening up a bag of fresh coffee beans is a smell and taste second to none. Yet after a couple of days, that same bag with the same coffee loses its intense freshness. Never drink stale coffee again by remembering these key things to avoid.
You may need some good old oxygen to breathe, but your coffee is the opposite. Oxygen damages coffee beans, causing that wonderful coffee aroma to go flat quickly.
While most of us love a sunny kitchen in the morning, your coffee beans will thank you if they’re left in the dark. Sunlight degrades the freshness of your coffee beans, which is why keeping them in a stainless steel or ceramic container is necessary.
This one’s a no-brainer but is still important to mention. Store your coffee in an airtight container to keep all forms of moisture far away from the beans. You shouldn’t use your refrigerator or freezer for coffee storage, as moisture from these environments can infiltrate the packaging.
For those of you looking for a much smaller coffee storage solution, the coffee gator canister will fit comfortably on any of your kitchen counters or shelves. In addition, this canister comes with a one-way valve to lock out oxygen and a handy date tracker so you won’t forget to toss the beans when they expire.
The time has come for you to become your own barista! Your coffee is stored for maximum freshness; now all you need are a few simple ingredients to create delicious coffee confections.
Morning Mocha Hack
Stopping for an iced or hot mocha at a coffee shop will likely cost you $4 to $6. Here are two solutions to getting your mocha fix in your home.
Drip Coffee Method
This is the easiest way to get an at-home mocha. While mochas have espresso, not all of us are willing to spend the money on a fancy espresso machine. To achieve a similar flavor, just make your usual brewed coffee and only fill your coffee mug up halfway. Then, make some delicious hot chocolate, and mix it with your coffee. Add some whipped cream for a gourmet touch, and enjoy!
Try out different hot chocolate flavors, like caramel, toasted marshmallow, or white chocolate if you’re feeling adventurous.
Those of you with an espresso machine can make a mocha in a couple of different ways. Prep your coffee mug by placing a tablespoon of chocolate sauce in the bottom of it. Then pull your desired amount of espresso shots, and stir them into the chocolate. Lastly, steam your milk of choice and pour over the chocolate and shots for an exact coffee-shop mocha replica. Or, pour the shots, chocolate, and milk over ice for a cool treat.
If this seems like a lot of work, you can use chocolate milk in place of the chocolate sauce. Steam the chocolate milk and pour over your espresso shots, or pour it all into a tall glass with ice. Swap the chocolate sauce for caramel, white chocolate, or any of your favorite flavors to mix it up.
Thank you for reading! We hope you enjoyed learning about coffee storage solutions and recipes to save you time and money. If you need a self-storage unit, contact us today with any questions!
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