Brewing coffee at home can help save your wallet and the planet. The average American spends about $1,000 on coffee beverages a year. And some say we use as many as 40 million disposable cups a day in the U.S.
Don’t be intimidated by making your own coffee. It’s a lot cheaper and easier than you might think.
Andrew LoPilato, aka my husband, is the Director of Operations of Pavement Coffeehouse in Boston, Mass. He says making good coffee requires only three things: hot water, a good grinder and fresh beans. Make sure your beans have a roast date within the prior two weeks and grind your beans just before brewing. Most people think grinding beans is a hassle, but LoPilato says, “Grinding your own beans takes two seconds and makes a world of difference. Coffee should taste as good as it smells.”
Coffee grows near the equator and travels a far distance to make it into your mug, stopping to get roasted somewhere along the way. Says LoPilato, “Buying beans from a neighborhood café not only supports local business but means you’ll get the freshest beans possible.”
Easy brewing methods
Say goodbye to that cumbersome countertop coffee pot — there are a variety of methods you can use to make a delicious fresh cup using easily cleaned and stored equipment. You can even travel with some of them — keep one at work, grind some coffee before you leave home, and use the hot water dispenser from your lunchroom for a middle-of-the-shift pick-me-up.
The French Press: Most people are familiar with this brewing technique. Coffee is coarsely ground and mingles with the water for 4 minutes. Push the plunger to send the grinds to the bottom of the press and pour.
The Clever Dripper: Clever, indeed. Similar principle as the French Press, but uses a paper filter that eliminates the silt, or bits of grind, that can sometimes get into a French Press. This method is easy to use and easy to clean. Simply toss the paper filter after brewing and give a quick wash. This is my personal fave.
The Eva Solo: Think of the Eva Solo as an upside down French Press, except the grinds stay in a cone filter at the top instead of getting pressed down to the bottom. I photographed it with its cute little jacket—it comes with a thermal sleeve to keep the coffee warm.
Travel mug tip
If there’s one thing I don’t like about travel mugs, it’s the stale coffee smell that inevitably creeps in after a few uses. Try this easy cleaning method to avoid the residue and keep your cup smelling fresh.
So get brewing … your taste buds are waiting!