How to brew better coffee at home (and save money) in 5 easy steps.

Tuesday, 07 November 2017, 11:30:21 PM. For the sake of argument, let’s say you spend $2 every morning for a small — or to use the company’s Orwellian Doublespeak, a “tall” — cup of coffee at Starbucks. Without blinking an eye, you’ve spent $60 a month on your caffeine fix.
For the sake of argument, let’s say you spend $2 every morning for a small — or to use the company’s Orwellian Doublespeak, a “tall” — cup of coffee at Starbucks. Without blinking an eye, you’ve spent $60 a month on your caffeine fix. And that doesn’t even take into account the travel costs, the tips and the potential lack of willpower to resist the caramel macchiato with extra whip, which will double your cost to $4 a day. This is real money, the kind that could be invested into your nonexistent retirement accounts or, more realistically, rolled into a better coffee ritual at home. Two things will happen if you brew your own joe at home: You’ll save a little cash, and you’ll expand your options beyond the blends and the handful of single-origin coffees available at most chain shops. Over time, you might even find that your home brew is better, and more consistent, than anything found at Starbucks, Peet’s or other national chains. Now, I can already hear you balking at this idea, dropping one of two standard arguments: “But I don’t have the time to make my own coffee!” “But I can’t afford the equipment needed to brew good coffee at home!” Like many rationalizations in life — all, essentially, variations on the dog-ate-my-homework plea from childhood — these are little lies we tell ourselves to justify our behavior. I plan to bust down these myths and show you the simplest, cheapest way to improve your coffee game at home, one element at a time. 1. Buy freshly roasted coffee...Read more
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