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These 30-Second Tricks Will Make Your Coffee SO Much Better

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    If you're a coffee lover, you probably already have your coffee routine down pat. And if you're taking it with you on the way to work, you don't want anything too complicated. But if you want to step up your no-fuss coffee game, there are plenty of tricks that don't require a ton of effort (or take precious time when you need to rush out the door). For example, changing up the way you store your coffee can make a difference — using an airtight container will keep beans fresher, longer. And opting for filtered water could be the difference between a good home-brewed cup and a great one.

    We've rounded up some of the best tips for better coffee, ranging from flavor swaps to brewing techniques. The best part? All of them are super easy! You don't need to invest in fancy equipment to make great coffee at home. With these tricks, you won't even be tempted to spend $4 on a latte.


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    A pinch of salt can make your coffee less bitter.
    This is a strange-sounding tip, but plenty of coffee lovers say it works. Even Alton Brown swears by this trick; he suggests adding a bit of salt in with your coffee grounds to eliminate that bitter taste.

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    Use a different sweetener.
    If you usually sweeten your coffee with regular sugar, try swapping in raw sugar, honey, or agave to switch up the taste. And if you've got a little more time on your hands, you can even try making your own simple syrup, like Starbucks' honey ginger syrup recipe.

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    Add a bit of vanilla extract.
    If you love vanilla coffee, a few drops of vanilla extract will take at-home coffee recipes to the next level. Add in a pinch of cinnamon for even more flavor. And if you're feeling adventurous, you can even make homemade vanilla extract.

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    Try a French press.
    If you're already brewing your own pour-over coffee, switching to a French press shouldn't add much time to your routine — it might actually be easier. It doesn't have to be anything fancy or expensive; you can get an affordable (and cute!) French press for under $20. You still get the deliciousness of a fresh brew — but the process (and the cleanup) couldn't be easier.

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    Scoop in some cocoa powder.
    You don't have to be a barista to make a delicious mocha. Mixing a little cocoa powder with water before adding it to your coffee is a simple and easy way to get your chocolate fix at home.