Being the Parent of a Coffee Addict

My dad discusses what it is like to be the parent of a coffee addict.

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Life of a Coffee Addict

Hello, all! Here is a photo gallery of the coffee equipment I have invested in for myself at home. It is very useful when looking to brew at home.

Brewing at Home: Part II

There are those who like just an occasional cup of coffee and then there are those who can’t stand to go a day with out a cup of Jo. This post is for the latter. I want to tell you guys about some of my most favorite coffee purchases. These are ones that may have taken a few dollars at the time, but are definitely still paying off. I would recommend any avid coffee drinker to make these purchases. And here’s why…

The first purchase is a coffee grinder. The one that I have is by Hamilton Beach and cost me only $15 to buy at Target! It is a very simple machine, but very useful. Having a coffee grinder allows you to do so much more with your caffeine. Waiting until right before you use the coffee to grind the coffee beans allows for a fresher and stronger beverage. This means that grinding your own coffee makes a stronger cup as opposed to buying it already ground.

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Drinking my favorite at home brew!

The next purchase I would tell you to make is to buy an espresso machine. Any brand suffices. The one that I bought was used, but basically brand new. So I got it for a steal! Having an espresso machine to use at your leisure is amazing. All the time I will just make a latte or an undertow to give me an extra boost. It is also a great thing to use while entertaining. If you think you ever want to be a barista at a public place or even just an at home barista, having your own equipment is a great starting point!

Brewing at Home: Part I

It is no secret that San Marcos is covered with coffee shops. However, as a college student on a budget, I understand that sometimes going to your favorite coffee shop is not an option. Whether it be due to getting transportation or having enough money on you to invest in your favorite potion of caffeine, there are days when you have to get your coffee fix in a different way. Personally, I always make sure my home is as equipped for coffee as a coffee shop. Although many may not be that enthusiastic, there are definitely a few coffee purchases that are worth making and benefit you for a long time.

The first coffee purchase I would recommend making is in just a standard drip coffee machine. These are great because you can schedule them to automatically make coffee at whatever time of day you want. The other great thing is that you can find them starting at only $25. Another thing you will need is a package of coffee filters— but since we are college students looking to save a couple of bucks, invest in the five dollar permanent filter! This is a plastic filter with a sturdy netting, and you simply use it and wash it and then reuse it again. And you don’t have to worry about keeping your coffee filters stocked!

Furthermore, the next important, and most obvious thing, is to purchase your coffee! The key to picking your favorite brew is to determine whether you are more of a medium, mild or dark brew type of person. This all depends on whether you like your coffee more bitter (dark), in-between (medium) or not too strong(mild). I have never not found a coffee I wanted at H-E-B. My personal favorite is the Seattle’s Best medium blend.

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The great thing about H-E-B is they have a coffee dispensary with descriptions of dozens of unique blends. Now, this may seem like a lot to purchase, but this basic foundation will have you drinking cost conscious caffeine in not time! Buying coffee in bulk is always cheaper!

For an even more fun experience picking your favorite brew, try visiting the new local coffee dispensary Redbud Roasters! They won a local award for being one of the best new businesses in town and I hear nothing but good things about the place and its selection.