It is easy to fall into a rut with your coffee consumption, and to keep drinking the same variety, the same coffee beans, and stick to the same order from your local coffee shop.
Coffee is an intriguing industry and there are so many different varieties for you to enjoy and understand.
You might be stuck on an instant coffee that isn’t really doing the job, when you could easily find a filter coffee machine that makes a drink that is ten times as delicious.
In this guide, we’re exploring some of the most simple tips to be more adventurous with your coffee.
Try different beans
The simplest and easiest way to enjoy a different type of coffee, and a different taste, is to switch out the main ingredient you are using.
There are so many different varieties grown all over the world, and it can be really exciting to work out which type of beans are best for your taste buds.
You should try a coffee variety from all of the mainstream locations where coffee is grown, from South America, to Africa, to Asia, and the other areas where coffee grows.
A good understanding of the coffee bean belt with help.
Consider a subscription
One of the easiest ways to try something new in the world of coffee every single year is to consider a subscription service.
Coffee subscriptions can be a way to get new coffee beans and other products sent to you every month, so you can experiment without even having to pay it too much thought.
New coffee products will drop through your front door every month.
Try different preparation methods
As you will probably already know, the way you prepare coffee makes a huge difference to the flavour.
Different preparation results in different coffee extraction, and of course, different types of milk make a huge difference.
Whether you are vegan or not, you can also try out your coffee with a lot of different milk varieties, which will make a particular difference if you are preparing a milky drink like a latte.
Oat milk and almond milk are very popular among both vegans and non-vegans.
Consider cold coffee
Not so long ago, cold coffee wasn’t a good thing.
Most people see cold coffee as what happens if you leave your mug out too long.
Now, there are lots of ways to make coffee like cold brew and other iced coffee drinks which can taste very different when compared to hot coffee drinks.
If you live in a place where the temperature is usually pretty hot then an iced coffee can also be a fantastic way to cool down on those sweltering days.
Ditch the instant coffee
This is not just something that people say to be snobbish about coffee.
Instant coffee serves a purpose, and if you love it then there is no problem with sticking to instant coffee.
However, we’re talking about those who want more of an exciting coffee experience than just the same old instant brands.
Whether you love instant coffee or not is all about personal preference, but it doesn’t give you much of a chance to be experimental, whereas learning a few simple barista techniques can.
Take a tasting class
Learning how to appreciate the taste of coffee usually involves a process called ‘cupping’ where instructors can show you how to grade coffee and understand the different tasting notes.
This doesn’t make the drink itself taste any different, but it can help you to understand the flavours of coffee and what it is that you actually like about coffee, tailoring your own specific tastes.
Tour the coffee shops
Possibly the most fun and efficient way to try out new coffee and become a bit more adventurous is to tour around the coffee shops and get yourself different beverages to see what you like.
Many coffee shops have dozens of varieties that you can try out, and you can also explore lots of different add-ons and variations, such as changing the type of milk and adding syrups to your coffee.
It is even more fun to do this if you have a friend to tour the coffee shops with and you can turn it into a social event.
Why not compare notes on the coffee varieties you try and see what your friend thinks about the same drinks?
Get a new coffee machine
If you’re in a position to buy a different coffee machine it might open up the different types of coffee you can try.
Even a capsule or pod coffee machine may be able to prepare loads of different styles of coffee, and you can use different capsules to open up a world of new flavours.
It’s all about experimenting.
Luckily, it is easier than ever to do a little research about coffee beans and preparation methods and get your hands on a new variety of coffee.
Time to learn more about the world of coffee and what sort of drinks you love most.