Americans love to drink coffee. Perhaps the scent of boiling water poured on ground coffee beans makes it a loving idea. Whatever it is, demand continues to rise from home-brewed coffee consumption and gourmet drinks.
According to a study by the National Coffee Association, 64 percent of Americans drink a cup of coffee every day. The survey revealed that home-made coffee brew dominates, with 79 percent of those surveyed saying they had had a cup of coffee at home the previous day. This is despite the popularity of cafes like Starbucks.
Although Finland consumes the most coffee per capita, Americans consume the most coffee in the world. Data shows that the average American spends $14 per week on coffee, which equates to $1,110 annually.
Certainly, coffee boosts energy. As an avid coffee lover, these are some smart and cost-effective ways to indulge yourself and save more.
Cost-effective Tips For Coffee Lovers
Brew Your Own Coffee
Brewing coffee at home is really fun because you can experiment not only with the flavors but with filter papers used for filtration and the way you measure and infuse the coffee beans to get yourself a perfect cup.
Rather than spending all that money for a Starbucks double-shot espresso, check out our best coffee maker list. You can get an even better taste by making the espresso at home.
Brewing your own coffee also saves you money. For instance, you can buy locally roasted beans for $9.99 p/lb. If you take two pounds a month, you would have spent $.67 a day. Obviously, this saves you more than a tall cup at Starbucks for $1.85 every day.
Start With Whole Beans
Purchasing coffee beans to grind them at home rather than buying grounded coffee powder will always be a cost-effective idea. Besides that, though, coffee tastes best when you take it immediately after roasting. Unfortunately, manufacturers rarely put the date they ground the beans, so it is hard to know if it’s fresh.
However, do not buy coffee beans in bulk because the beans can get sour if moisture enters, so keep your coffee stored in an airtight container. It is also helpful to keep in mind that coffee should be consumed within a month once it’s roasted; that’s when it loses its flavor and essence.
Look Into A Coffee Maker
Get a superb coffee maker. A good not-so-expensive coffee maker can do a lot of early morning magic for you. We’ve put together a list of the best espresso machines under $200. Check them out to see which is right for you.
Get An Insulated Coffee Mug
Do you like bringing your coffee with you to work or anywhere you go? You can get an insulated coffee mug. It will save you several dollars a day.
So what would a perfect coffee travel mug be? The best coffee mug can keep your drink hot for hours. The mug’s seal should be tight and spill-proof even if you tip it upside down and must be convenient to use, like being able to open only with one hand.
Take Advantage Of Coffee Shop Freebies
Often, big-name coffee shops and many small coffee shops run discount promotional campaigns or use loyalty cards. Don’t hesitate, free is good.
There will be some half-priced days, 2 for one day, and so on. It’s okay to take advantage.
Use Reusable Capsules/Coffee Pods
Companies in the coffee industry have created flexibility for avid coffee lovers by creating reusable capsules. These capsules can allow coffee drinkers to fill up their own capsules with the coffee bean of their choice, and it costs just $1 each.
Reusable coffee pods are cost-efficient and environmentally friendly.
Why Should You Drink More Coffee?
Over the years, coffee has been sneered and glorified. However, various studies have revealed its benefits to us.
Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants, which are substances that can inhibit or lessen the damage free radicals can do to our body cells. Moderate consumption of coffee every day helps you focus and improves your mental alertness, and lowers the risk of stroke.
Caffeine increases adrenaline (hormone, which helps you to prepare for physical exertion) levels in your blood.
One study has shown that coffee may decrease the risk of developing prostate cancer in men by 20% and endometrial cancer in women by 25%. People in the test group drank four cups of coffee a day.
Do you see why you can drink more coffee? Just do so with these smart and cost-effective tips for avid coffee lovers like you.
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