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3 Ways to Hack Your Coffee

August 28, 2014

As the temperatures start dropping and the stresses of the season start to rise, you’re going to need all the energy you can get. When the line at Starbucks is too long and a cup of Folgers just isn’t going to do the trick, keep these handy-dandy coffee hacks at the ready.

Coffee HacksBulletproof Coffee

Dave Asprey of the productivity website Bulletproof Executive says he was inspired to create this drink after downing a cup of tea mixed with yak butter while hiking through Tibet. After years of “careful research,” he revealed his technique—more or combining two cups of coffee with at least two teaspoons of unsalted butter, one or two teaspoons of medium-chain triglycerides oil into a blender and mixing. Asprey claims that numerous high-profile athletes and executives drink Bulletproof Coffee instead of breakfast because it gives them a “powerful boost” and plenty of healthy antioxidants. Critics remain skeptical.

Just add salt

It might sound strange but some people claim that if you add a pinch of salt to your coffee it will improve the taste dramatically. Some swear by tossing some onto the top of their beans before putting them in a coffee maker ,while others prefer to mix it in directly into their morning cup of joe. As with many desserts, supposedly the salt both heightens flavor and creates contrast. It also may eliminate coffee’s traditionally bitter taste.

Frozen coffee cubes

Just because it’s autumn that doesn’t mean that the weather is going to coincide with the date on the calendar. If the temperature in your neck of the woods makes it feel like you’re closer to the Fourth of July than Halloween, you’ll probably prefer an iced coffee over a piping hot pumpkin spiced latte. If you want to give your frosty eye-opener an extra boost, make some frozen coffee cubes the night prior. The recipe is simple: just brew some coffee, wait for it to cool, and pour it into an ice cube tray. Then add the coffee cubes to your iced coffee when you’re looking for a caffeine kick that won’t water down your brew like ordinary ice.

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