• Gourmet Coffee Habit Costing Consumers as Much as $1,500 Yearly

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    January 24, 2020 /  Food

    Gourmet coffee consumers rarely consider the cost of their
    daily coffee in terms of the expense to brew premium whole
    bean coffee at home (50 cents to 75 cents) with prices of
    a pound of gourmet coffee beans versus a two or three cup
    a day ($4.50 to $6.00) coffee drinking habit when purchased
    at premium coffee houses. A recent Washington Post article
    discussed Seattle law students spending money from their
    student loans for Starbucks coffee across the street from
    the Seattle University School of Law.

    Erika Lim, director of career services at the law school has
    launched a campaign to reduce coffee consumption by students
    attending the university on student loan money. She points
    out that students are spending education loans on luxuries
    like latte instead of necessities like a loaf of bread. That
    borrowed money takes years to repay and many students don’t
    do the math to see that study time with 2-3 cups of coffee
    at Starbucks over 4 years can cost them significant sums –
    as much as $4500 in principle, interest and fees on their
    student loan – over the course of their education. An
    online calculator has been posted for those interested in
    calculating their caffeine expenses at:
    http://www.hughchou.org/calc/coffee.cgi

    Gourmet Coffee drinkers have become accustomed to paying $2
    or more per cup for fresh brewed coffees at Premium coffee
    houses – and many sources are predicting those prices may
    increase to as much as $4 per cup soon due to expected
    increases in green coffee prices. But smart gourmet coffee
    consumers have long known that premium coffee brewed at home
    costs just 12 cents or so per cup, depending on preferences
    for coffee strength.

    Many coffee producers recommend starting with 1 tablespoon
    of fresh ground gourmet coffee beans per standard 6 ounce
    cup of water. Starbucks recommends double that amount for
    stronger coffees at 2 tablespoons per 6 ounce cup. A pound
    of gourmet coffee (that is 16 Ounces or 1 Lb.) divided
    by 1 1/2 Ounces comes to roughly 10 pots of 10 cups
    (6 Ounce cups) equaling 100 cups for the cost of one pound
    of gourmet coffee beans. At the average of 1.5 tablespoons
    per 6 ounce cup and average size of 12 ounce coffee mug,
    you can expect 50 cups of home brewed coffee per pound of
    gourmet beans!

    Prices of premium gourmet coffee beans range between $10
    and $18 per pound, making a cup of home-brewed gourmet
    coffee, made fresh to your liking, cost only between .10
    cents and .25 cents per cup or between $1.00 and $2.00 per
    pot of coffee! Even the rarest and most expensive coffee
    sold, the exotic Kopi Luwak, at $175 per pound, is still
    less than $1.75 per 6 ounce cup when brewed at home! So
    if you have expensive tastes and want a 12 ounce mug of
    the rarest and most expensive coffee on the planet, you
    still need only pay what some premium coffee houses charge
    for a latte ($3.50) for that rare privilege.

    When consumers learn that they can purchase gourmet whole
    bean coffee for between $10 to $18 per pound, then fresh
    grind and brew at home for significantly less than gourmet
    coffee companies charge, many see home brewing premium
    gourmet coffee as luxurious treat. Purchasing a thermos
    or a large travel mug to take coffee with them from home
    makes drinking rich, fresh roasted coffee a possibility
    for about one-seventh the cost of buying that coffee from
    expensive and crowded coffee shops.

    Many so-called premium coffee houses keep their coffee
    heated on warmers after brewing, but this practice causes
    the flavor to turn bitter after less than an hour of
    warming. It is actually more likely you will get a rich
    flavorful cup of coffee from an insulated thermos or
    insulated type pump containers. Reheating coffee can
    destroy the flavor of good gourmet coffee – just as quickly
    as extensive warming.

    Coffee purists prefer to make individual cups with a coffee
    press, fresh grinding beans for each cup and drinking the
    entire amount brewed before it turns cold to get the maximum
    enjoyment from their beans. Microwave a good cup of coffee
    that has gone cold and you’ll see how much better it is
    freshly brewed. Using good clean, fresh water is essential
    since coffee is 99% water and bad tasting tap water can
    quickly ruin even the best fresh ground beans.

    You can enjoy great gourmet coffee more and pay less for the
    privilege by starting with whole beans and grinding them
    yourself with a $20 coffee grinder. Make only what you can
    drink or carry with you in a nice thermos or travel mug
    instead of reheating coffee later. Use good tasting water
    and keep your brewing equipment clean to prevent the
    rancid bitterness that can come from previous grounds in
    crevices.

    You can brew at home with fine gourmet coffee beans, fresh
    ground and brewed in a French press coffee maker, carry a
    fancy thermos of great coffee to work or school and enjoy
    the best coffee available for far less money than you would
    spend at crowded and expensive premium coffee house.

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