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There are lots of different gourmet coffees, flavorings, and machines you can buy, but you can improve your coffee in a big way by simply changing how you brew.
Make instant coffees can taste and smell just like the real thing: the secret is to cover the cup or mug with a saucer after you've added the hot water and let the brew steep for a full minute. Sealing in the aroma as your coffee steeps will give it a fuller flavor.
If you drink decaffeinated coffee or you're trying to switch off caffeinated, try one of the coffee substitutes on the market. They are made from roasted grains, nuts, chicory, or dandelion root. You can mellow their taste by adding a vanilla bean to the grounds.
You can stretch a pound (450 g) of coffee by adding 3/8 cup (3 oz or 85 g) of roasted chicory; it increases the yield by about ten cups. It's a little bitter, and if the pleasant bitterness of chicory suits your taste, add still more—up to 1 cup (8 oz or 225g).
Don't have a coffee pot on hand? Try these alternatives:
If your coffee has been warming on your automatic coffee maker for over an hour, chances are it will taste less than fresh. But don't throw it out! All you need to do to freshen up your coffee is toss in a pinch of salt to improve the flavor and neutralize the bitterness.
Have you ever thought to freeze very strong leftover coffee in ice cube trays? Then when you want a cup, you can put a couple of cubes in a mug, top off with water, and heat in a microwave without brewing any new grinds.
Make Turkish coffee when you need a change:
Makes four small cups.