Hello Underdogs! I hope that you are all having a wonderful day! It’s Mother Day in the USA! In honor of all those hard working Moms, and all those who fill that roll, here is a list on 10 ways to make a great cup of coffee. Coffee is a staple in many people’s daily routine and helps them jump start their day! It can be very expensive habit to have if you find yourself going to places that sells a cup of coffee for over $5.00. There is nothing wrong with that, but if you are like me, you need to mind your dimes! Here are 10 ways to get a great cup of coffee. I am going to rate these on my own personal scale from 1 to 5 cups of coffee to let you know how well I believe each of these work. Enjoy, and if you have tried any of these and love it, leave a comment in the comment section!
- Drip Coffee Maker:
A Drip Coffee Maker is probably the most common way that people make their coffee. You will find this everywhere, from people’s homes, to stores, and employee lounges. These makers can range from very cheap to ridiculously expensive. It is very easy to use with coffee grounds, filters, and water. There is a burner that keeps the coffee warm if you want to have more than one cup, or have coffee throughout the day. It is a very cheap, and effective way of making a good cup of coffee. Pros: it is very cheap, and very easy. You get a lot out of your dollar with this maker. You can doctor up your cup with various sugars, creamers, syrups, or more. Cons: The most common complaints is that the coffee is not as strong as what some people prefer. I have also heard that people believe that the longer the coffee sits on the burner, the more burnt taste that the coffee gets. I personally give it 5 cups of coffee out of 5! .
2. French Press Coffee Maker:
This is a very efficient way to make a good, strong cup of coffee, especially if you don’t have a traditional drip machine at home. The cost for this ranges from anywhere from $10.00 on up and can get very expensive. I have found that more expensive does not mean better, especially with these. You can stick to a cheaper, or middle priced French Press and be fine. Just read what it does because your needs may vary, such as wanting to use it to make tea as well. How to use the French Press is pretty simple. First, you fill up the glass with warm water and let it sit for at least 3 minutes. Warm up your water in a separate container to your liking. I do recommend going a bit hotter than you like because your coffee needs to steep. Drain out the water that is is the glass, and put in the recommended amount of ground coffee. Pour over the hot water and cover, but do not plunge until at least 3 minutes have gone by. After, plunge and pour your coffee. Pros: Very good cup of coffee for pretty cheap. Cons: It’s is a lot of back and forth to make this coffee. You can’t skip the step of warming the glass or you risk the glass breaking. French Press Makers have a rep for breaking easy, and they have earned that rep for a reason. Because of this, I give this process a 4 cups of coffee out of 5.
3. Instant Nescafe Coffee:
I know, this is so cheesy, but this is something that we grew up with and the commercials made it seem so elegant. I had to include this on my list! This is very simple to use, and you don’t need anything but hot water, a cup, and a package of your choice of Nescafe. The pros is, this is very easy to make and there are many fun flavors to choose from. The cons, you get what you pay for. It may not be the best tasting product, but it is fun to try out once in awhile. This is why I give it a 3 out of 5 cups.
4. Instant Coffee:
Similarly to the above, instant coffee is easily made, but unlike the above this is not a flavored drink. All you need is hot water, a cup, and the instant coffee to make a cup. Instant coffee can be affordable, and this is something that many people on the go choose to travel with. Many times, companies have individual packets already measured out per cup so all you have to do is dump and stir. The Pros: This is very easy to use, and it is nice to travel with. The Cons: You risk getting grounds left in your cup that you end up drinking, the taste may not be as good as other ways to make coffee, and the packets can be more expensive than a bag of coffee. I’m not a huge fan of this, but it will do. This is why it only gets a 2 out 5 cups
5. Keurig Coffee Machine:
Keurig Coffee Makers are still fairly new and have exploded on the coffee scene. Instead of using a filter or just grounds, you have to purchase K Cups. K Cups have coffee inside them, measured out and perfectly ground to get the best result. You use one K Cup per cup of coffee that you want, and there are several size sections on the machine. This is starting to replace many of the Drip Coffee machines in offices and in the home. People equate this to home coffee tasting closer to what you can purchase at a coffee house. The Pros: The coffee is very good, and the machine is very simple to use. You have options of size and you can choose the strength of the cup of coffee you are making by the press of a button. Cons: The machine is expensive, the K Cups are not cheap either. You need to purchase the correct kind of cups to fit into your machine. You get more coffee out of a drip machine than you do a K Cup. The waste is awful for the environment. These little cups are now all over landfills! It is also common that if you find this machine replacing the drip machine in offices, they will charge you per cup to recoup some of their money lost on the expensive cups of coffee. Because of the incredible waste, I give this a 2 out of 5 cups.
6. Mr. Coffee Steamer:
This Mr. Coffee is a bit different than an everyday drip machine. This has a milk wand and this also requires no filter. You can make a very strong cup of coffee and have steamed milk just like at a coffeehouse, except at home. You can use any type of ground coffee that you enjoy, although espresso roast is recommended. This is also very simple to use, just make sure you have enough water to make your coffee, and to fuel your steamer. The Pros: Very easy to use, and this is a professional tasting cup of coffee. This is a lot cheaper than using K Cups, and there is hardly any waste since there are no filters used. This machine is also a excellent value for the price. Cons, It can be difficult to get the hang of using at first, and it doesn’t make a lot of coffee at once. This is actually one of my favorite ways to make coffee so I give it a 5 cups out of 5.
7. Pour Over Coffee:
This is a step up from instant coffee. For this, you need a filter inside of a funnel, hot water, and a cup. You pour coffee over the grounds and let it let it seep for at least 3 minutes. The stronger you want the coffee, the longer you need to let it steep. This is a process so it can take several long minutes to get a cup. Pros: The coffee is fairly good, however, I recommend doing a lighter or blonde blend using this method. I have found that a darker roast tastes weaker when you pour over. This is a easy way to get coffee if you don’t have a machine. Cons: This is a process, and you need to monitor the process because you may need to push more water through. It is messy and it is much easier to burn yourself using this process. This is a middle of the road coffee, but not bad. I give it a 3 out of 5 cups
8. Coffee Tea Bags:
Another way to make a cup of coffee if you don’t have a machine readily available is to make your own coffee, tea bag. Simply get a filter and scoop your desired amount of coffee in the middle. Tie up the filter like a tea bag, with a string, and place into hot water just like you would a tea bag. Let the coffee steep in the hot water for at least 3 minutes, or longer depending on your taste levels. Pros: Easy to do, and a simple fix if you don’t have a machine handy. Cons: This can be messy, and the coffee could be weak. I give it a 2 out of 5 cups due to the trial and error process it can take to get a good cup.
9. Ice Cube Coffee:
This is a popular way to enjoy left over coffee from any of the methods listed above. All you do is take your coffee and pour into a ice cube maker. Freeze the coffee until they are cubes. Place several into a cup of milk, or even a cup of coffee. When the ice melts, you will get a nice drink instead of a watered down coffee. Pros: A nice way to make sure you aren’t wasting any coffee. Your coffee drink will not be weak, and this is a simple, fun, summer drink. Con: You have to wait for the cubes to freeze. I give this a 3 out of 5 cups because this can actually be a very nice treat on a warm day!
10: You want to leave it to the professionals:
At the end of the day, your time and your money is yours. There are moments when it is just easier, and even a nice treat to go get yourself a cup of coffee from one of the big chains. I love doing this myself, but it can be an expensive habit. That is why I joined a few programs online to help me gain free points and exchange those for gift cards for places like, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and more. Here is a link to Swagbucks for you to follow and sign up. It is free, and you can do several things to get your points including take surveys and watch videos. Please use this link to sign up and you can get started right away! I give this a 5 out of 5 because nothing beats a free cup of coffee. http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/ltebrinke