If you like your coffee with milk—but also like it piping hot—don't pour cold milk into your cup for a tepid drink. Instead, measure the desired amount of milk into the empty carafe of an electric coffee maker before brewing. As the hot coffee drips in, the warming plate of the coffee maker heats the milk, resulting in a pot of steaming hot coffee with milk.
If you enjoy flavored coffee but only have regular coffee on hand, try making your own. For 10 cups of coffee, place ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon cardamom, or ½ teaspoon allspice in the filter of a drip-style coffee maker along with the ground coffee. Brew the coffee as you normally would and enjoy a subtly scented drink.
Many inexpensive blade-type grinders grind coffee beans unevenly, producing some powder as well as some larger pieces of bean. Here’s how to even out the grind. With your hand over the hopper, lift the whole unit off the counter and shake it gently as it grinds. By moving the beans around, you help the machine grind more evenly.
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