We might be knee-deep in pumpkin spice latte season, but truly good coffee is something we can use year-round. Luckily, decades of scientific research have helped us figure out how to brew, and drink, that perfect cup of joe.
While the final product is ultimately up to your individual taste, these tips will get you started on brewing coffee on your own:
1. Drink coffee during the right windows of time.
Your body naturally produces a chemical called cortisol designed to make you feel awake. So when you introduce caffeine into your system while the cortisol level is high, you are not experiencing the caffeine at its peak efficiency. In fact, you might just be building up your tolerance, which means you would need more and more caffeine to reach the same level of "buzz."
Cortisol levels go up in relationship to sunlight and your body's wakefulness, so it's a good idea to hold off on that coffee for an hour to 90 minutes after you wake up. If you wake up around 8 a.m., you should wait at least until 9:30 a.m. for your first cup of the day.
2. Store the beans properly.
3. Decide how much caffeine you want.
Recent research indicates that taking a coffee nap is more effective than drinking coffee or taking a nap alone. Have a cup of coffee, try immediately to fall asleep and wake up in 20 minutes. You'll wake up much more refreshed.