How to brew better coffee at home in 5 easy steps – Chicago Tribune

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:

The upshot: The start-up equipment costs for this ritual will run about $100, plus another $16 or so per bag of coffee. Not cheap, right? For the first month, a single cup per day will run you about $4.40. But hold on! Over a full year, your price per cup will drop significantly, to about $1.50, assuming you go through a bag of $16 coffee every two weeks. (And, naturally, the price per cup will continue to drop every year after.)

In the first year, you’ll save about $180 vs. a $2 cup of Starbucks mud. You won’t get rich, but you may get a richer cup of coffee out of the process.


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