What is a more popular drink than coffee? The aroma, the taste, everything about coffee is inviting and delectable. However, there are so many kinds out there that it can be tough to find one you like the best. Here are some tips about coffee that will guide you to that perfect cup.

Put your coffee in the fridge. After you have exposed roasted coffee beans or grinds to fresh air, the flavor can deteriorate quickly. Actually, a large amount of flavor is lost within seven to ten days. Keeping your coffee in the fridge after you have opened the can keeps it fresh longer.

If you are a fan of flavored coffees, buy coffee syrups. These are used after the coffee has brewed. After you pour your coffee into your mug, use the flavors as you wish for taste. This keeps your coffee machine and grinder free from hard-to-clean flavor oils that don’t really flavor your coffee anyway.

Keep track of how much coffee you drink. Drinking coffee is a great way to get some energy and black coffee can help you keep your weight under control but drinking too much coffee can make you feel stressed and cause you to get a bad complexion. Avoid drinking more than three cups of coffee throughout your day.

Do you have health problems such as high blood pressure? If yes, you should stay away from any beverage that contains caffeine. Try drinking some decaf if you miss the taste of coffee and talk to your doctor about how much caffeine you should drink. Staying away from caffeine for a while should help you get your blood pressure under control.

Do not use hot water to make your coffee. Many people think this is the best way to make their coffee hot; the truth is that the only thing this does is diminish its flavor. You should be using water that is not only cold, but charcoal filtered if possible.

Now that all that is said and done, you are closer to being an expert on coffee. Continue researching the wonderful world of coffee, and it won’t cease to reward you. The wonderful aroma and taste of the perfect coffee will continue to please you for the rest of your life.

World’s Rarest Coffee!

by Jonny Blair

I’m a travelling Northern Irishman who likes a good pint of Guinness but earlier this year I had the chance to sample the world’s rarest coffee! Swapping Guinness for coffee is a good idea sometimes!

So where does the world’s rarest coffee come from? Well as a traveller you quickly learn that everywhere advertises and promotes themselves as “the world’s best”, “the world’s highest”, “the world’s cheapest” etc. so to be honest I normally take no notice of such things. Singapore is a city renowned for exaggerating stuff and quite frankly on my few trips there it has made me cringe the amount of things they claim to be the world’s best or the world’s first.

First things up – it comes from Indonesia. I found it while doing a tour of a coffee plantation in Bali – the coffee plantation is near to lots of rice fields in a hilly area called Munduk. On the coffee tour we came across an odd looking creature called a Luwak Fox. This was housed in a cage and to be honest looked like a scary, bizarre mix between a cat, fox, dog and wolf!! Why am I telling you about a fox? Because this fox requires red coffee beans to survive and it’s a rare breed…

Right where do I start? The Luwak Fox eats coffee beans and they then come out of its ass. They use these digested and excreted beans to make the special Luwak Coffee. Really? Yes its the excretion of a Luwak Fox!! I couldn’t quite believe it but it had to be tried!!

We tried an alcoholic version of it, as if you’re paying a lot for a cup of coffee, you might as well take the bonus of it coming with alcohol.

The Luwak coffee can be tried all over Bali and Indonesia, and of course is also exported. We went to a cafe called Kubu Kopi but there are a few around. Your driver will more than likely take you to a coffee plantation if you do a day tour of northern Bali. It’s not touristy to try the Luwak coffee – so if you want to try it – make sure he takes you there. It’sin Munduk, so another option is to stay in Munduk itself.

A menu arrives complete with a picture of the Luwak Fox in behind, just to tempt you even more. The special Luwak Coffee costs 85,000 Indonesian Rupiah (which today is about $8.2 US Dollars) so actually not as bad as you’d think considering it’s the world’s rarest. So after all that fuss, was the world’s rarest coffee any good? Yes! We both loved the Luwak Coffee and would recommend it, plus it comes in an exquisite wooden cup and saucer and you can sip away with an amazing view into the fields of Bali. With not a care in the world…

Right, I’m off to get myself a coffee (a ‘normal’ granulated one). Don’t Stop Living!

Where can you get the world’s rarest coffee? – In Munduk, Bali, INDONESIA (plus its exported

So what’s it called? – Luwak Coffee

How much is it? – About 8 US Dollars a cup

What’s it made from? – Coffee bean which has been excreted from the Luwak Fox

Is it worth it? – Come on now, you only live once. And believe me I’ve wasted 8 US Dollars on plenty of worse things in my time…

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