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    29 Clever Ways To Up Your Coffee Game

    Oh you know, coffee's nothing really...just my LIFEBLOOD.

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    1. First of all, learn what all the standard coffee drinks actually consist of with a pleasing and informative print.

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    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    2. Buy whole-bean coffee and grind it up yourself for maximum freshness.

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    Promising review: "Everyone told me I needed a burr grinder. Bright flavor, just like from your favorite coffee house. Distinctive coffee, not the mud-like stuff you get from a basic spice grinder model. The Krups seems like an excellent value for your dollar." β€”Nursecooksomm

    Get an electrical grinder from Amazon for $19.99 (blade) or $49.88 (burr).

    3. And keep the remainder of your beans fresh with a simple push-down/pull-up airtight canister.

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    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in six sizes). Also available in glass form.

    4. Make a cheap bag of coffee beans look a tad fancier with a gold clip/measuring spoon.

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    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    5. Save your hard-earned cash and easily make your own cold brew that's just as good (if not better) than what the cafΓ©s make.

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    Please read this full review; it's delightful.

    Promising review: "Imagine...before going to bed, you toss three scoops of ground coffee into your cold-brew coffee filter. You put the filter into the pitcher, top the pitcher off with water, stick it in the fridge, and go to bed. In the morning, you easily pull the filter up out of the pitcher, unscrew the filter bottom over the trash can, and allow all the grounds to fall out. You rinse the mesh filter and put it aside.

    "You smile as you remember that your cold-brewed coffee is 60-70% less acidic than your old coffee, and it won't hurt your stomach even if you don't add milk or cream. You remember that when you heat up the cold brew and add milk, it does taste incredibly smooth (again, no acid but all the flavor). After you pour your coffee into your cup, you put your pitcher back in the fridge β€” it is large enough to last you all week, but only needs preparation once a week.

    "You congratulate yourself for your most excellent purchase off of Amazon.

    You begin to contemplate your strategy to win your next Nobel Prize." β€”Northampton

    Get it from Amazon for $15.75 (available in three colors and two sizes).

    6. Or pour regular hot coffee into a pre-chilled travel mug for quick iced coffee.

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    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in four colors).

    Looking to keep your coffee hot? There's nothing better than a Yeti Tumblr for that.

    7. Anywhere but home? Invest in a travel press that doesn't compromise flavor or quality in exchange for convenience and immediate (OK, after four minutes) satisfaction.

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    Promising review: "I bought this mug so I didn't have to drink the machine coffee at work. The filter works well and I never have any grounds in my coffee. It stays warm for hours and the cup is *not* hot to the touch. The glass press I used before was too big for one cup of coffee, so by the time I was ready for a second cup, the coffee was already cold. But this mug is great and keeps my coffee warm until the last drop. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to skip the machine and drink a decent cup of coffee at work (or anywhere)." β€”Elizabeth Harris

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95+ (available in four colors and comes with a coffee or tea filter).

    8. Never commit a misdeed β€” I mean, never run out of coffee beans with an Amazon dash button from your supplier of choice.

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    Get Peet's Coffee and Ethical Bean Coffee for $4.99 each. It's really free though, since you receive $4.99 credit after your first press.

    9. Or opt for a (button-free) small-batch coffee bean subscription that's roasted to order and shipped within 24 hours.

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    Because you deserve the freshest of fresh.

    Get one from Blue Bottle Coffee for $8+ (plus shipping) per month. Available in 11 customizable plans.

    10. Say BYE to garbage American instant coffee and delight in the wonders of Japanese pour-over packets you'll wish you'd started drinking years ago.

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    Promising review: "I first discovered these magical pour-over coffee packets in Tokyo. My Airbnb host was the sweetest, and in the description for the room, she wrote that she'd provide coffee souvenirs. At first, I was skeptical because the instant coffee packets sold in the US are complete garbage. But because I'm useless without coffee, I gave it shot. It was magical. The entire experience from start to finish shouldn't have given me that much joy. But I was squealing. It was incredibly smooth and rich. Instant coffee should not taste that good!" β€”Christina Lan

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $9.82.

    Read the full review (#2) here!

    11. Lend some time to actually practicing brewing the ~perfect~ cup of coffee with a beautiful ceramic (or plastic) Japanese coffee dripper.

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    Promising review: "French presses are expensive and the plunger gets dirty. This thing takes standard #2 cone filters and drips right into your cup. Just pour hot (not boiling) water over ground beans and enjoy. Barely needs cleaning and stores easily. Haven't used my Mr. Coffee since I got it. Simpler really is better." β€”Andrew Peck

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97+ (available in 10 colors and single-, double-, and triple-cup sets). And get the gorgeous copper stand (in the second picture) from Major Myk 2014 on Etsy for $40+.

    12. Channel your inner barista in the comfort of your own home with a cordless electric milk frother for an ✨upgraded✨ cup of joe.

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    Promising review: "OMG, this is life-changing. It works like a dream β€” very quick and quiet. The foam stands up for a long time to the last drop of coffee. Easy cleanup too. It makes enough foam for two average cups but I used it all on one. And the price is great!" β€”Sheila Hernandez

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    13. Or get you a fancy coffee bar machine that can do it all! Brew coffee (classic, rich, and over ice!) *and* froth your milk, oooo.

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    Promising review: "I had a Keurig and wasn't too impressed β€” I mean the coffee was good, but nothing special. With this machine, I can froth the milk and make the coffee stronger if needed, or I can have a large cup of iced coffee.

    I will never go back! It is just wonderful." β€”Casey Duncan

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    14. Let delicious seasonal flavors live on all year round by adding spices β€” in particular, pumpkin pie β€” into your coffee grinds.

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    "It all began when Rook, a small coffee chain in New Jersey, had a holiday gingerbread brew at their stores. I had bags of freshly ground coffee shipped from NJ to my Manhattan apartment, but then January came, the holidays ended, and the special flavor disappeared from the menu. Convinced I could re-create the taste at home, I began experimenting with adding spices to my Mr. Coffee drip pot. One day I threw caution to the wind and added pumpkin pie spice. I have no idea why pumpkin would taste like gingerbread, but I felt like I had unlocked one of Earth's coffee secrets. It was amazing." β€”Augusta Falletta

    Get pumpkin pie spice from Amazon for $3.48.

    Read the full review (#8) here!

    15. If you ever get a little bored of your normal coffee, try out mushroom coffee, which claims to clear your mind and acts as a stimulant without the crash and jitters of regular coffee.

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    Promising review: "Ever since I've started drinking mushroom coffee I've basically been obsessed. I can't stop talking about it. I love the taste and the way it makes me feel clear-headed, chilled, yet stimulated. Basically, I just like the way it makes me feel. I usually start my morning with cordyceps and chaga for an energy burst. My favorite is the lion's mane and chaga coffee, which I like to have in the afternoon. It's just nice to mix up my normal coffee routine with something new." β€”Matt Stopera

    Get a box of 10 from Amazon for $12.02.

    Read the full review (#3) here!

    16. Gift yourself a reliable mug warmer (aka ~a coaster with a purpose~), so you (or your S.O.) don't have to keep shuffling to the kitchen to reheat your coffee.

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    Promising review: "Since having my baby and resuming my relationship with black coffee, I look forward to a cup of it every morning. However, having that sweet baby glued to me day and night, especially first thing in the morning, has proven to be quite the distraction from my beloved coffee. My poor husband was constantly being asked to warm my sad cold coffee. After approximately 6,347 trips to and from the microwave, the clever guy purchased this mug warmer and presented it to me." β€”Sara Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99. And while you're at it, get a cute corgi mug too.

    17. Chill your iced coffee without watering it down with some slick stainless steel cubes.

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    Or you can always freeze coffee into ice cubes.

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $13.87.

    18. Rid yourself of a life of dreaded coffee rings with a super cool floating mug.

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    Or try out my coworker's brilliant solution and use an inflatable drink floatie.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    19. Whip up some homemade summertime sweetness with a batch of creamy coffee popsicles.

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    Chocolate drizzle your way into becoming a dessert artist. It's a thing. Check out the recipe and full deets here!

    Get a popsicle mold (makes 10 at a time) from Amazon for $19.51.

    20. Add some life-giving butter for frothy, oily coffee that'll make you feel ~bulletproof~ β€” or just way more full, level-headed, alert (and less of a nap monster).

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    Promising review: "I found that even on days that I worked out (when I typically start getting hungrier earlier), the butter coffee invariably kept me mega-full for four to six hours. I simply felt consistently good and up with no major dips in my energy levels. I felt energetic and alert from the early morning (around 6 a.m. when I drank it) through the entire work day and up until I went to bed. Butter coffee also made my sleep deprivation meaningfully less miserable and gave me sweet jitter-free energy. I was surprised at how pleasant the flavor turned out to be. It was almost like drinking a foamy latte β€” sort of milky, slightly muted coffee flavor, and lotsa froth." β€”Sally Tamarkin

    Check out the full routine/review here!

    You can make your own like Sally did or get a two-pack of the branded version from Amazon for $35.99 (whole bean) or $40.95 (ground) and add your own butter and MCT oil, of course!

    21. For your next baking adventure, try using coffee flour for a nutrient-packed alternative to regular flours.

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    Coffee flour reduces waste because it's a by-product made from drying out the outer fruit of the coffee plant, which is typically just thrown out. Read up more on it here!

    Get the first flour from Amazon for $10.50 and the second flour from Marx Pantry for $7.

    22. Make mixing your booze with coffee that much easier with a clever flask-attached mug.

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    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    23. Or obtain a big ol' bottle of coffee liqueur to whip up your very own to-die-for coffee cocktails.

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    Find the full recipe for roasted marshmallow coffee cocktail shakes from Marla Meridith here! Or this white Russian cinnamon coffee from HouseBeautiful is an A+ option too.

    Get the Crema di Mexican coffee liqueur from Amazon for $17.99.

    24. Office coffee way too weak? Easily kick the caffeine up a few notches with perfectly portioned coffee shots.

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    Each shot has two espressos' worth of caffeine. Excellent.

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $24.99 (available in black, caramel, and vanilla).

    25. Conserve countertop space with an Italian stovetop espresso maker that whips up a fresh cup in just five minutes.

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    Promising review: "I've had multiple espresso makers over the years, some of which I have paid obscene amounts of money for. I have had what I thought was good espresso, aka I figured that if I could get it to taste like Starbucks espresso, I was doing well. Little did I know that this inexpensive, stovetop espresso maker would flip my world upside down. It takes a few tries to get the hang of it, but once you do you can put any coffee shop's espresso to shame, and you can chuckle to yourself when you see the $500 espresso makers sitting on someone else's kitchen counter." β€”Robert T. Carey

    Get it from Amazon for $21.35+ (available in five colors and sizes).

    26. Everyone has a Keurig. Everyone knows K-cups are extremely wasteful. So get a reusable one that won't kill the environment β€” hooray!

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    Get it from Amazon for $8.30+ (available in sets of one, two, four, and five).

    27. Outfit your iced coffee beverages with colorful neoprene sleeves and protect your hands from being miserably frozen.

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    Get two (of any sizes) from The Grommet for $15.95 (available in seven colors and three sizes).

    28. Sweeten your coffee with mini maple sugar wafers, because why not?

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    Get a pack of eight from The Grommet for $16.95.

    29. Or float an elegant sugar lace doily to turn a normal cup of coffee into a 'grammable work of art.

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    Get a set of 24 from Amazon for $19.95.

    The answer to all of life's problems is right in your hands.

    Dante / Slothida

    The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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