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3 Beach Essentials for Coffee Lovers

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There's nothing quite as refreshing as a glass of iced coffee on a summer day. Combine that with the summery fragrance of salt water and sunscreen, and you have yourself the perfect beach experience. But anyone who has attempted to pack coffee in their beach bag knows the frustration of melted ice cubes and diluted java. Fortunately, there are a few small tweaks you can make to your beach day prep to ensure your coffee stays tasting great all day long.

Pour coffee into a thermos to keep it protected from the heat.Pour coffee into a thermos to keep it protected from the heat.

1. Travel Thermos
First and foremost, consider the container you're using to transport your coffee. You'll want a travel thermos to make sure the temperature of the drink stays regular, despite the outdoor conditions. One that's made of aluminum will help keep coffee cool for as long as possible. Plus, the thermos will likely have a cap that allows you to transport the drink without fear of any devastating spills. Place the container securely in your bag, and stack heavier objects around it to keep it from toppling over.

2. Coffee Cubes
The ice cubes you use in your batch of iced coffee can significantly extend the longevity of your drink. Rather than just dumping a tray of regular iced cubes in your coffee in an attempt to keep it cool, use coffee cubes. The day before your beach adventure, brew a fresh pot of coffee using your Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew™ 10-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe. Allow coffee to cool down to room temperature, then pour it into empty ice trays and freeze them overnight. In the morning, fill your new pitcher of coffee with these cubes so when they do melt throughout the day, you don't have to worry about watered-down coffee. 

Don't forget the cooler for your day at the beach.Don't forget the cooler for your day at the beach.

3. Cooler
Ask any avid beach goer to identify his or her most valuable item to bring to the beach, and it's probably a cooler. It provides your bottled water and fresh fruit with some shelter from the sun and it's easy to tote along with you. Be sure to fill it with enough ice cubes and store a pitcher of your favorite iced coffee for instant refreshment in between rounds of sunbathing. After a few hours in the sun, you'll be glad you prepared accordingly and stocked up your cooler.