Coffee Making Essentials

If you claim to be a non-functional human being in the morning until you’ve had your first cup of coffee, you’re not alone. How I’ve become such a caffeine-dependent life form is beyond me. But that issue aside, like you, I appreciate a well made, great tasting cup of joe. I appreciate the aromatic taste and its invigorating smell.

But the actual physical drink aside, there is a magical aspect to the coffee experience. For some of us, we feel that when we walk into a coffee shop and hear the whirling of machines, the quiet constant chatter, the soft overhead music, and the smell of coffee brewing.

As much as that atmosphere isn’t quite the same when you’re making coffee in your kitchen, it has the potential to turn into a morning ritual that you can look forward to. For me, the way I make my coffee makes me look forward to that first sip.

While you and I both know that making coffee isn’t rocket science, we can still agree that there is a clear distinction between good and bad coffee. I’m sure you’ve had a cup of coffee in your hands, and anticipated that first sip, only to be brutally let down. We’ve all been there.

I used to have this coffee making method that produced ill-tasting coffee. I then moved on to drinking instant coffee. Both left me feeling so coffee deprived. Obviously, each individual has their own personal preferences and if you thoroughly enjoy drinking instant coffee I’m glad (but please share with me how you do it). Drinking coffee that wasn’t my definition of delicious only made me resent drinking my morning coffee at home and made me long for a store-bought one instead.

However, the day I changed my coffee making method was the day that making coffee at home became exciting and invigorating and something to look forward to in the mornings. (For any non-coffee drinker reading this right now, I swear I’m not exaggerating).

Here are four essentials to help you power through the Frugality February challenge:

1. The coffee making system counts

If you listened to episode 23 on minimalism, you’ll know that Trevor and I embrace the minimalist mindset. And this philosophy extends to coffee making. Trevor and I both live in households where we are the solo coffee drinkers of the house and only drink one to two cups each in the morning. So this renders a standard six to eight-cup coffee maker a little excessive. So to compensate we use individual cup coffee brewers.

I use a Bodum french press and Trevor uses a coffee infuser. We’ve of course tried so many different coffee making systems but have really settled on these two methods for the absolute best tasting coffee. And of course, in the minimalist frame of mind, both these kitchen gadgets don’t take up much space, are easy to clean and don’t waste coffee. Just remember that whatever your go-to coffee making method is just make sure it produces coffee that doesn’t make you wish you were drinking coffee made by a barista somewhere else instead.

2. The coffee 

Trevor and I will disagree on this one, but I don’t think the coffee matters. I purchase a 2lb canister of Folgers Regular Classic Roast which lasts me a really long time. However, Trevor insists on bags of McDonald’s or Tim Hortons dark roast. If you’re more like me where “coffee is coffee” opt for the more economical canister option. But saying this, if buying a specialty brand coffee is what is going to keep you from running out to buy a cup of coffee, then spending a little extra on your coffee for home while grocrey shopping is a worthwhile purchase.

3. The travel container

My go to coffee travel container is my Starbucks traveler. It keeps my coffee and tea hot for a long time but doesn’t get hot to carry in my hand. It has a secure seal so I know it won’t leak. But there is no shortage of other options when it comes to travel containers, and the design and technology of hot beverage travel containers just keep getting better and better, so if you’ve ever experienced a not so pleasant coffee or tea spillage moment with your travel mug, don’t give up.

4. Don’t go overboard

Suggesting that you should make coffee at home is not an invitation to go out and buy the most expensive Keurig or Tassimo you can get your hands on and enough K-Cups or T-Discs to last you for the next twenty years. While the coffee from these systems may taste good, it’s not necessarily the most inexpensive way to make coffee at home. While I’m in no way condoning the use of either coffee maker, I’m just assuring you that making coffee at home can be as simple as you want it to be.

If you have any other coffee making inspiration that I didn’t mention please share it with us as we’re always looking for ways to make even better at home coffee.

– Courtney

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