I don't know about you, but the idea of enduring cold winter mornings (or any mornings, really) without the delightful, coffee-infused adrenaline kick sounds like hell. Yes, the habit of putting the kettle on lights some fire into my routine, but, as routines are wont to do, even the best cup ever can get stale after a while, leading less to that want-to-hop-out-of-bed excitement and more to the kind of boredom that makes you want to roll over and fall back asleep. This is why hacks to make a better cup of coffee are an easy and necessary way to boost the enjoyment of your morning brew so that coffee—amazing, amazing coffee—isn't relegated to dull routine.
What's cool about these ideas is that java snobs and simple coffee lovers alike can revel in new ways to craft their cups. Whether you have a scale that measures precisely the water-to-grounds ratio (hey, I live in San Francisco, so no judgement) or prefer the ease of the classic French press, coffee hacks provide still relevant and totally illuminating ways to freshen up your brew. I say this because, as one who gets easily bored by routine, I've long looked into ways to ensure that this morning tradition doesn't become so predictable I fall back asleep making it. Without further ado, this is how you should spice up your coffee (sometimes, literally) for a cup that's never dull.