Coffee is always a love-love relationship. There is no hate involved, when it comes to this delicious beverage. While most are frugal in most of the things they do, there is no compromise for them when it comes to their daily cup of coffee. Everyone wants to save their money on coffee and they might retort to buying cheap grinds from the store, but it might just end up disappointing them and throwing the grind away, rather than brewing an awesome cup of coffee. So, here are the 10 tips from the great depression, which one can use when it comes to preparing a great cup of coffee when on a budget without compromising on its quality.
(1) Always buy coffee beans in bulk
For a fresh cup of coffee, one should buy around 4-5 pounds of coffee from stores such as Sams or Costco instead of 1 pound from the local mom and pop store. This will immensely save the costs, as the bulk coffee costs a lot less, as compared to a pound of coffee beans.
(2) Grind your own coffee beans
Investing in a grinder makes much more sense than buying grounded coffee. Reason-Grounded coffee costs a lot more than coffee beans. Freshly ground coffee, not only tastes better, but it will also be available at a lesser cost as the whole beans cost less. Besides, grounded coffee might go bad after a few days and one might throw them away, but that may not be the case with the coffee beans.
(3) Don’t grind the coffee beans every day
A very practical tip, wherein if you grind the coffee every day, the overhead costs of making a cup of coffee increases. The ideal scenario would be to grind the coffee and store it at someplace and use it as and how it is required.
(4) Store the coffee grounds in an airtight container, than a refrigerator
If the coffee is ground in bulk it needs to be preserved in an airtight container rather than a refrigerator, as the refrigerator tends to suck out the flavor.
(5) Self measure the coffee grounds
Few coffee grinders have a setting which allows one to choose the number of cups he/she needs to make and in turn the grinder will grind the beans accordingly. However, due to this setting, additional grind goes into making a cup of coffee and not the actual quantity as required, thus making the coffee, not only stronger, but also wasting that precious coffee grind. Hence it is always ideal to measure the coffee grind by self and then make the coffee.
(6) Clean the coffee grinder often
Cleaning the coffee grinder often, not only ensures that no coffee gets wasted, but also ensures that the machine works efficiently.
(7) Make just enough coffee
Most of the people have a habit of making a full pot of coffee rather than the actual quantity required, which ends up being thrown in the sink, just because it runs cold. It is always ideal to make only the required quantity and if one wants more, one can always brew the additional cup. Also, excess consumption of coffee is not good, and one can keep a tab on the coffee consumed, just because in the first place, the required coffee got brewed.
(8) Drink yesterday’s coffee instead of throwing it away
Keep yesterday’s coffee in a refrigerator, if it is excess and drink it the next day after reheating it. The taste of the coffee in no way is affected due to this hack,
(9) Refrigerate the leftover coffee and drink it cold
If one would not like to reheat yesterday’s coffee, he/she can refrigerate the coffee and can have cold coffee whenever they feels like. And the best part about this is, it costs much less than the one available in the coffee shop.
(10) Putting just the right amount of sugar cubes in the coffee
Not only excess sugar is bad for one’s health, but it also wastes money due to excess consumption. One way to drink great coffee on a budget is to control the amount of sugar which is consumed. Avoiding excess sugar also keeps those calories away and the diseases at bay.