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How to Impress Your Friends With Coffee

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You might not have the funds necessary to live in the most luxurious home or wear designer clothes, but that doesn't mean you can't still emulate the lifestyles of the rich and famous. There are plenty of ways to live a seemingly fancy life without putting a dent in your wallet. When it comes to your coffee, master these few techniques to impress all of your guests and show them just how refined you truly are.

Expand Your Palate
A standard brew is fine for the mornings you're running out the door and need a trustworthy cup of coffee to get you through the day. However, when you're entertaining, you should branch outside of the norm and let your guests indulge in the finer side of java. Brew a luxurious latte or fancy cappuccino that they can sip on in style. With the Mr. Coffee® Café Barista, it's never been easier to experience luxury in the comfort of your own home. The coffee maker instantly brews lattes, cappuccinos and espresso.

It's easy to make your coffee a work of art.It's easy to make your coffee a work of art.

Fancy Foam
You've likely seen fancy foam designs all over Pinterest and Instagram. You may have even seen one when you went to a coffee shop and ordered a fancy drink. But the reality is that you don't have to leave your home to get a great cup of coffee that doubles as an art form. These designs aren't as difficult as they may appear. If you're a beginner, start out simple. Try etching a basic design, like a heart, into the foam of your latte. Grab a toothpick and carefully trace the design, occasionally removing it from the foam and wiping the pick clean.

If that proves too difficult, try this other method, which is so simple it should be considered cheating: Grab a coffee liner and cut out a smiley face or equally basic design. Place it gently over the foam and sprinkle cocoa powder on top of it. Remove the liner, and enjoy your perfectly crafted smiley face that took seconds to design.

Grind Your Beans
Is there anything better than fresh, bold coffee? When you grind your beans before brewing, you'll get the best taste. Sure, it adds a step, but it takes mere seconds and makes a world of difference. Plus, with the right tools like the Blade Grinder with Chamber Maid Cleaning System, you don't even have to factor cleaning into the process. It has a self-cleaning feature that makes it easier than ever to enjoy fresh, vibrant coffee every time. Your friends will be so impressed by your attention to fine details, and they'll be even more appreciative of the great tasting coffee you brewed for them all on your own!

Serve coffee with some light snacks.Serve coffee with some light snacks.

Present it Beautifully
Presentation makes up a huge part of a luxurious cup of coffee. Serve it in a paper cup, and you likely won't impress anyone. On the other hand, pour it into beautiful mugs with saucers, and you'll probably get a better reaction. There are many ways to jazz up your mugs so even a basic white cup you randomly purchased can look fancy. Try drawing a gold ring around the base with a permanent marker and baking it in the oven for 30 minutes to set the design in place. If you're feeling extra fancy, serve coffee with a small biscotti or other type of pastry.

You can also give each guest his or her own spoon to stir. Try dipping the spoon in chocolate beforehand and freezing it for an especially sweet, luxurious touch.