Australia’s love of coffee is well known, but over the last decade, we coffee lovers have become more adventurous. Whether it’s experimenting with different blends and infusions, or trialling a new brewing method, there are a slew of ways you can shake up your coffee experience.
Drinking coffee is a way of life in Australia, but it’s undergoing a transformation. It’s no longer about using caffeine just to feel alert. Part lifestyle statement, part daily necessity, drinking coffee today is also about appreciating the variety and richness of taste that coffee has to offer.
If you’re looking for new ways to enjoy your daily fix, here are 5 ways to take your coffee to the next level.
#1 – Make your own cold brew coffee
One of the most recent popular trends among coffee lovers, is cold brew coffee. While it’s not a revolutionary concept, cold brew is definitely a fresh entrant in Australia, where espresso coffee has reigned supreme for many decades. The health benefits of cold brew coffee, however, makes it trendy among coffee enthusiasts. Just add 2 tablespoons of coarsely- ground coffee to a big jar with 1 ¼ cups of water. Let it sit for 12 hours, then strain and enjoy.
#2 – Spice it up
So you’ve already migrated from regular espresso coffee to making pour overs. What’s the next level, you ask? Here’s an exotic, yet easy tip: spice it up. Adding spices like nutmeg or cinnamon to your grounds before brewing and infusing the coffee is positively delicious. The spices add a dash of complexity to your cup and give a great aroma. Cinnamon in particular, will add a sense of natural sweetness, so if you’re trying to have less sugar in your coffee, cinnamon is a great solution.
#3 – Booze it up
While mixing alcohol with coffee is nothing new, for a homemade version of booze infused coffee, add a splash of Bailey’s and a spoon of brown sugar to a double espresso. Top if off with a dollop of cream and you’ve got yourself a sweet and potent kick whenever you need it (maybe not in the morning!)
And while this next idea doesn’t sound immediately appealing, coffee infused beers have become a thing among coffee lovers in Australia lately. (Don’t try that one at home!)
#4 – Use a Moka pot
To combine old world-charm with a new world love for espresso coffee, the Moka pot is your answer. This classic Italian coffee pot creates a drink with an espresso-like vibe, but it’s neither as strong as espresso nor as light a drip coffee. Simply fill the bottom of the pot with cold water, add coffee grounds to the filter and place it on a stove. Let the heat and steam do the rest.
#5 – Experiment with blends
Last but not least. If you’re serious about your daily caffeine fix then experimenting with different custom blends is what you should try. There are several coffee roasters across Australia who are coming up with amazing blends that aren’t in the mainstream and some of them can even produce a great tasting decaf.
Coffee roasters Sydney and local baristas alike are offering coffee enthusiasts a range of imported in-season coffee beans from different parts of the world, at their door step. Whether bought direct from the roaster or in your local cafe, these bespoke blends offer flavour profiles you won’t experience anywhere else.