Coffee isn’t known for being extremely affordable, especially not good coffee. If you’re trying to make the most out of your home brewing situation, but you also only have a limited amount of money to spend, it can be a challenge figuring out how to proceed.
In this article, we look at a variety of different brewing methods that will help you decide the best way to balance your budget while enjoying great java.
1. The Keurig The Keurig is a convenient way for people to make small batches of coffee quickly. You probably would not use this tool to brew for an entire household, both because to do so would be very slow, and because K-Cups (the small serving-sized packages that Keurigs use) can be a little bit pricey. It is also worth noting that the cost of a Keurig itself can be somewhat pricey.
However, there are some ways to enjoy this method of brewing at an affordable rate. For one thing, you can buy K-Cups in bulk and get a better price per cup. This approach will be perfect for buyers who drink coffee on a daily basis. You can also choose from hundreds of different brands to ensure that you get the coffee of your choosing.
Some Keurigs also features the ability to brew cups of coffee using loose rounds. That means you can buy the brand of your choosing in bulk. It also means you can measure out your serving sizes perfectly so that nothing gets wasted.
In fact, if you do use the Keurig to make small batches of coffee with loose grounds, it may be the most economical way to get your java on because you only wind up making the exact amount of coffee that you use.
2. Slow Drip
When most people imagine a coffee pot, they are probably picturing a standard slow drip unit. Coffee pots are great because they can be bought for a low cost (sometimes for less than $10 if you snag a really good deal), and they can also make large quantities of coffee very quickly.
This option is economical because the startup cost is low, and it still gives you the ability to buy coffee grounds in bulk. This way, you can pick your favorite flavors, but still be mindful of how much it will set you back.
However, with this product, it’s easy to make more coffee than you actually need. As a result, you may wind up wasting money on coffee that you never even get the chance to drink. Coffee makers are also perpetually plugged in. The cost isn’t enormous (roughly $7 a month), but considering that you can get yourself a new streaming service for that rate, it isn’t anything either. However, for most people, this will be an affordable way to get their coffee fix.
3. The French Press The French press is something of a tossup when it comes to personal finances. These makers can range pretty significantly in cost. Some are very affordable, while others trend on the pricey side.
However, there are a couple of pros that might make this unique brewing method an enticing choice. One solid factor that helps keep the costs low is that it doesn’t use any electricity. The water is heated up separately before being introduced to the system, so there is nothing constantly racking up charges to your electric bill.
Most people also brew in smaller doses with the French press, making it easier to ensure that you don’t waste anything.
The biggest expense will ultimately be your time. The French press is slower and more labor-intensive, which means you really need to be committed to the process to make it work.
As a bonus, most people feel like it really enhances the flavor of the brew. In that regard, you may actually enjoy better coffee without spending extra money.