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coffee at home - help me decide

luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users Curl Neophyte
so i'm trying to be more practical and better about frivolous spending. that said, sometimes i need my coffee! i'm a big tea drinker but some mornings (about 1-2 times per week). i want coffee, bad! since i don't have a coffee maker at home i end up going to starbucks (unless i'm on a starbucks ban) but it's expensive.

i'm trying to decide if i should...

a - buy a cheapo coffee maker and just make coffee at home the few times i want it
b - invest in one of those single cup coffee makers and enjoy my coffee
c - just drink tea it's cheaper (that's what i have at home already)
d - keep going to starbucks since it's only 1-2 times per week

other info...i live alone so this would be just for me. i don't see drinking more coffee even if i get a maker but maybe i would. i'm also trying to be healthier so i'd want good, fresh coffee but i don't need to make any fancy, sugar loaded concoctions. i'd want to keep whatever i buy on my countertop but i don't like big gaudy appliances. i also am big into recycling but would like something that is enviromentally friendly.

what do you think is the best option for me?
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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    I have a regular mult cup maker. I like the idea of the kcup ones but the kcups are expensive and it's a lot of excess packaging. I just came across a single cup maker by brookstone that a friend loves. It uses regular coffee. I have not bought it yet because my current coffee maker is not broken or anything so I do not want to ditch it.

    Here is the link

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  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    xcptnl wrote: »
    I have a regular mult cup maker. I like the idea of the kcup ones but the kcups are expensive and it's a lot of excess packaging. I just came across a single cup maker by brookstone that a friend loves. It uses regular coffee. I have not bought it yet because my current coffee maker is not broken or anything so I do not want to ditch it.

    Here is the link

    Single Cup Coffee Makers at Brookstone—Buy Now!

    oh my, that looks perfect and that's the price of about a month of starbucks. i'll wait to see a few more replies but it looks like a great buy!
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  • cmb4314cmb4314 Posts: 984Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    We have a Keurig, but we also have the little insert for it that allows you to use your own coffee rather than the K-cups. Much more economical.

    Works great for my husband since he doesn't have to make a whole pot for just himself, and it boils the water and brews the cup really quickly.

    I also use it to boil water fast for tea, I just run plain water through the machine and use a teabag.

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  • divegirldivegirl Posts: 1,286Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    How about a French press?
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    cmb4314 do you have a link with the eco cups you use? that is important to me. going to add that to my above post
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  • ursulaursula Posts: 1,461Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    This is what I have:

    Bonmac Ceramic Dripper

    You can also find cheaper ones. The plastic ones are around $5, I think.
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  • cymprenicympreni Posts: 9,609Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    The cheapo coffee makers are usually good quality for their price. The $20 ones usually last me a few years. I treated myself to an $80 one once, it lasted about as long as the cheap ones. I was very sad.
  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    I'd go with a small normal coffee pot. The single cup makers aren't a bad idea, though, when using something so you can make your own with coffee you purchase. I can taste a definite difference with kcups or something like that.

    If you buy whole bean coffee and grind it yourself the flavor lasts better - as does storing it in your freezer. However, if you buy smaller bags and freeze them even with pre-ground you're better off than buying pre-made cups of some sort.
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  • SpiderSpider Posts: 3,380Registered Users
    I have a Mr Coffee and only out enough coffee & water for one big cup ( or travel mug). I've never had to make / waste a full pot just for me.


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  • inheritedcurlsinheritedcurls Posts: 2,954Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Make coffee at home..treat yourself once a month at Starbucks!! :) I have a cuisinart given to me by the in-laws...the thing I like is it has a place for instant hot water if we want hot tea or hot chocolate.
  • cmb4314cmb4314 Posts: 984Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    We have this accessory for our Keurig. My husband packs it pretty tight and gets a pretty strong cup of coffee.

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.keurig.com%2Faccessories%2Fmy-k-cup" class="Popup

    Sorry to make you copy and paste, but I have no idea how to make that link clickable from my phone, lol.

    Edit: my phone is apparently smart and figured it out on its own :P

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  • cymprenicympreni Posts: 9,609Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    your link works just fine^^^^
  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users Curl Novice
    My husband has used one of these for years:

    Amazon.com: Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer: Kitchen & Dining

    You can buy the filters at the grocery store. We buy whole beans and grind them at home. All you have to do is add boiling water, like making tea! Plus, you can't beat the price--$5.00 is pretty cheap!
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  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    these are all really good ideas. you guys are awesome!!!
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  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    A plastic Melitta is what I use too. I make coffee every day with it.

    It's cheap [$5] and it makes great coffee. Small, so it's easy to store when not in use. You can buy unbleached filters for it. The biggest investment here would be a good coffee grinder. Or you could buy ground beans, I suppose. It's better when they're fresh roasted and ground right before brewing though.

    I will never understand the Keurig thing. I've tried it many times at SO's parents and I really don't get why people think that's good coffee. It's convenient and the appeal ends there. Maybe for the people who like it, that's all that matters?
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    wild~hair wrote: »
    The biggest investment here would be a good coffee grinder. Or you could buy ground beans, I suppose. It's better when they're fresh roasted and ground right before brewing though.

    ironically i have a coffee grinder. it's a good one, cuisinart maybe. i bought it some years ago when i was going to add fresh ground flaxseed to foods :idea1:
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  • curlysue21curlysue21 Posts: 5,219Registered Users
    I am an only coffee drinker as well and second (or third) the French press. I love mine and would never go back to a machine. You can save money from buying those K-cups (I found them to be overpriced) and use whatever grounds you like and adjust for whatever amount of coffee you drink (I have the equivalent of two cups every morning).

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  • ursulaursula Posts: 1,461Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    curlysue21 wrote: »
    I am an only coffee drinker as well and second (or third) the French press. I love mine and would never go back to a machine. You can save money from buying those K-cups (I found them to be overpriced) and use whatever grounds you like and adjust for whatever amount of coffee you drink (I have the equivalent of two cups every morning).

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    I used to use a French press, and I prefer the taste, but I stopped when I learned that coffee made in a French press can increase your cholesterol. I drink enough coffee that it concerned me.

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  • LAwomanLAwoman Posts: 2,949Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I like the French press idea! I looovved mine. Make very yummy coffee.

    Or you could also buy just a little "mini" 4-cup regular coffee maker. I've seen them as cheap as $10!
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,983Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I second Nynaeve and Wild~Hair. I have a clone of the plastic Melitta coffee maker. It makes perfect coffee for me, and I'm a coffee snob. Coffee is my favorite food in the whole world, and I treat myself to specialty coffee. The little coffee maker works like a charm.

    Buy the filters in any grocery store, scoop coffee in, pour in boiling water and voila! Oren's sells the clone or just get the Melitta. No fuss, no muss, no bother.
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,563Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    LAwoman wrote: »
    Or you could also buy just a little "mini" 4-cup regular coffee maker. I've seen them as cheap as $10!

    i have one of these - mine is over 15 years old and still going strong. but i drink tea in the morning and don't use it every day.
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  • spring1onuspring1onu Posts: 16,528Registered Users
    I've seen ceramic cone brewers like the Melitta at our grocery and I've been tempted to get one for my afternoon cup of coffee.

    Interesting thread!
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I love coffee but I hate the mess. I buy a latte most days but for the times I want regular coffee at home I use Starbucks Via packets. They taste pretty good and there's no mess. Perfect for me.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    wild~hair wrote: »
    I will never understand the Keurig thing. I've tried it many times at SO's parents and I really don't get why people think that's good coffee. It's convenient and the appeal ends there. Maybe for the people who like it, that's all that matters?


    I have tried and tried, but I have never had a good cup of coffee out of one of those Keurig machines (at businesses and people's houses...I don't own one).
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    thanks for all the replies i'm leaning towards the melitta or the one xcptnl posted because it doesn't require any filters at all and it's slim and cute. there are brookstone locally so i might stop in to see what they look like. that said i really like the idea of a low tech way of doing my coffee. i guess i need to think about which would i most likely use especially on days when i'm rushing out the door for work.
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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    Just as an FYI my friend who has one just got a new one after 8 yrs-pretty good. And they said the coffee is hot-i hate lukewarm coffee. I did look at them in Brookstone and they look nice. If I was not so cheap and did not want to ditch my Braun because it is still working and that I have figured out the ratio for 2 cups in the 10 cup maker I would have bought the Brookstone one. If you do get it please review it!!! :)
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  • Myradella3Myradella3 Posts: 2,481Registered Users
    I'm a tea drinker primarily but have come to love a cup of coffee during the day. I opted for a Keurig. While the machine was pricey ($99 on Ebay, free shipping), I get a pack of 12 cups for $7.49 which means that it's less than a dollar a cup. I get about 20 ounces from the K-cup (for me that's 2 mugs).

    I drink decaf but have some caffienated for guests.
  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    wild~hair wrote: »
    I will never understand the Keurig thing. I've tried it many times at SO's parents and I really don't get why people think that's good coffee. It's convenient and the appeal ends there. Maybe for the people who like it, that's all that matters?


    I have tried and tried, but I have never had a good cup of coffee out of one of those Keurig machines (at businesses and people's houses...I don't own one).

    Funny, I think Keurigs make the best cup of coffee I've ever had. I got a Cuisinart one for Christmas and I love it.

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  • LAwomanLAwoman Posts: 2,949Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    nynaeve77 wrote: »
    My husband has used one of these for years:

    Amazon.com: Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer: Kitchen & Dining

    You can buy the filters at the grocery store. We buy whole beans and grind them at home. All you have to do is add boiling water, like making tea! Plus, you can't beat the price--$5.00 is pretty cheap!

    OH yeah I forgot all about these!! I had one of these when I worked for the Red Cross, and we didn't have a coffee maker in the kitchen. It was very convenient, and the coffee was good.
  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    I have one of the stove top espresso makers that I use with fresh-ground beans. I prefer it to the french press (mostly becuase it is easier to clean). The 3 cup is the perfect size for 12 oz of latte (about 6 oz coffee and 6 oz milk)

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