12 Coffee Hacks You Need in Your Life
Get your hack on for National Coffee Day.
There are coffee people, and then there are coffee people. And often, coffee people turn into coffee people given some time. But, I digress. September 29 is a day for all the caffeinated souls to unite and celebrate those lovely, magical beans together and what better way to celebrate than learning new tricks to add to your java belt? Whether you want to make tastier iced coffee, learn how to recycle leftover coffee grounds or find the two-second cure to a bitter brew, you’ve come to the right place.
3 ICED COFFEE HACKS
Are you an iced coffee addict? Watch, and learn.
3 WAYS TO USE COFFEE GROUNDS
Homemade Coffee-Scented Soap
Coffee Grounds Soap Bar
Use your leftover coffee grounds to make homemade coffee-scented soap. In addition to adding a contrast of color, the coffee grounds aid in exfoliation.
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Leftover coffee grounds make for delightfully scented homemade soap. The grounds will also provide exfoliation.
That’s right — your garden can benefit from your coffee habit. Leftover coffee grounds can lower soil pH, fertilize plants, deter pests and feed the worms. Learn more here.
Homemade Face Mask
Use coffee grounds and pumpkin puree to enliven your looks. Our homemade scrub will give your face that I-just-had-a-cup-of-joe glow.
Make This: Coffee + Pumpkin Face Mask
3 WAYS TO STEP UP YOUR COFFEE GAME
Make Your Own Syrups
For that friend who prefers a more flavorful coffee experience, gift them with coffee syrups from your grocery store's coffee aisle. Pour the syrups into oil pourers from a craft store and label the bottles for a more personal touch.
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Make your daily coffee a bit more gourmet with homemade syrups. Simply stir two cups of sugar into two cups of water over low heat. Once the sugar dissolves, add in any flavor you’d like. Caramel sauce, vanilla extract, peppermint extract or smashed berries work well. (Be sure to strain out any berry chunks.)
Try an App Designed for Coffee Lovers
Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker
Almost as good as having a butler, the Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker from Belkin has WeMo connectivity, so you can start your morning coffee from the comfort of bed. Use a smartphone and the WeMo app to schedule up to a week’s worth of brewing plans. The coffeemaker is compatible with Apple (iOS 7.0 and higher) and Android (4.0 and higher) devices, as well as non-morning people.
There are tons of apps out there designed for people just like you. (I’m assuming if you’ve made it this far, you view coffee as liquid gold.) Try one of these 10 options to perfect your java routine.
Add Coffee to Your Smoothie
Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast: Freezer Smoothie Bags
No need to chop in the morning when you create custom smoothie bags to keep in your freezer. Just pop the ingredients in, add 1-1½ cups liquid and blend. Your morning smoothie prep just got cut down from 15 minutes to two minutes. Get the recipe >>
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Are you a smoothie person, too? Combine your morning habits into one delicious concoction with our raspberry coffee smoothie recipe.
3 WAYS TO FIX COFFEE MISHAPS
Hey, it happens. Next time you’re left puckering your lips, add a pinch of salt to your cup. Seriously, it works!
You know those beloved coffee mugs that have seen one too many sunrises? The ones with the permanent coffee rings left in the bottom? Great news: they can be salvaged! Simply sprinkle enough baking soda to cover the bottom of your cup, and add a bit of water to create a paste. Grab a brush or a rough sponge, and get to work. Your cup should look as good as new with a little elbow grease.
Too Hot to Handle?
Don’t burn your hands. Make an adorable DIY coffee sleeve with an old sock or flannel shirt, instead.
Baked French Toast Cups
For a portable, kid-friendly breakfast that is lower in added sugar compared to many store-bought varieties and higher in homemade flavors, these little French toast cups are a dream! Make a batch on the weekend, freeze and reheat in the morning when you’re ready to eat. Get the Recipe
Cinnamon-Puffed Rice Cereal
What are your requirements for a delicious cereal? Crunchy, sweet, filling and nutritious? If so, make a big batch of this simple, gluten-free breakfast cereal on your meal-prep day and enjoy it during busy mornings throughout the week. It is a must try since it can be made in under 30 minutes and tastes delicious both hot and cold. Get the Recipe
Super Easy Breakfast Cookie
Cookies for breakfast? Indeed! There’s nothing easier or more exciting for little ones than a nutritious (and equally tasty) cookie for breakfast in the morning. This quick stir-together-and-bake cookie gives you everything you want in a breakfast without the extra sugar and junk you don’t. Get the Recipe
Yogurt and Flaxseed Waffles
Break out the griddle on a lazy weekend morning and make a triple batch of homemade, healthy waffles. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers in a large zip-top plastic bag, then pop in the toaster for a speedy breakfast during the hectic weekday morning rush. Top with fresh berries and a dollop of Greek yogurt. Get the Recipe
Blueberry Protein Pancakes
Eggs, oats, a ripe banana and fresh blueberries are all you need to make this fiber-rich, protein-packed breakfast. For homemade pancakes ready in less than a minute, make an extra batch, allow to cool and freeze between layers of parchment paper and store in an airtight baggie in the freezer. To reheat, microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Get the Recipe
Southwest Breakfast Burritos
Because some mornings you just don’t want to cook, keep your freezer stocked with these yummy breakfast burritos filled with eggs, southwest seasoned veggies, cheese and bacon all rolled up into neat little packages. They reheat quickly so you’ll have a warm, hearty breakfast in no time. Get the Recipe
Need a breakfast that gives you the staying power needed to get you through the morning? These egg muffins are high in protein, low in carbs and — paired with a slice of whole-wheat toast and a glass of milk — will keep you full for hours while packing in the veggies first thing in the morning. Get the Recipe
Blueberry Cheesecake Muffins
These better-for-you breakfast muffins boast a secret ingredient to boost the moisture and protein: cottage cheese. Plus, they’re packed with fresh blueberries and kissed with a crispy and sweet whole-grain oatmeal streusel topping. With all this goodness, you’ll be begging for a second! Get the Recipe
Yogurt Parfait on a Plate
Looking for a different way to do yogurt? Plate it! Simplify the traditional stacked parfait by spreading all of the ingredients into a thin layer and then layering them one on top of the other. This speeds up prep in the morning and assures that you get a little something of everything in each bite. Get the Recipe
Overnight Hashbrown Casserole
Three ingredients (plus some basic seasonings) and just a few minutes prep the night before result in a hearty and comforting bowl of hashbrown casserole goodness in the morning. Pop the casserole in the oven when you wake up and in just 30 minutes you’ll have a warm bowl of cheesy hashbrowns. Get the Recipe
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
Perfect for a portable breakfast, this overnight oatmeal combines heart-healthy oats, ground flaxseed, apples and walnuts then mixes with nutrient-rich milk for a delicious make-ahead breakfast packed with fiber, whole grains, healthy fat and protein. Serve the oats warm or cold with an extra dollop of Greek yogurt for a protein boost. Get the Recipe