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My last post explained why the cafeteria coffee tastes like burnt sludge. This entry aims to outline a few different options that you as a student have to make your own coffee.
Electric Coffee Machines: The basic solution, however, unviable if you live in the dorms (okay if you live in Colonial) because appliances with hotplates are illegal in the dorms. Yes. Your coffeepot could burn MAP down. Obviously.
So what are some other solutions, save buying a latte every day?
French Press: Yes, I’m biased. I love my French Press. It’s such a simple process that creates such delicious coffee. You merely fill the press with as much hot water as coffee you’d like to yield, and add an appropriate amount of grounds. Let sit for a few minutes to brew, push the plunger down, pour and enjoy.
The entire process takes 5-7 minutes if you heat the water with an electric kettle.
One drawback is that you must use coarsely ground coffee beans. You can often buy beans in bulk at your local grocery store and grind them right there. I recommend Here’s Howe … Café Frangelica beans “taste like cake” as my little sister succinctly stated. Delicious.
Keurig Machine: allows you to brew one cup at a time with no mess! You merely insert the container of coffee (or cocoa … there’s a large variety) and press a button. After the cup is done brewing, merely flip the top open and the grounds are still contained in the plastic container they come in. Toss this and you’re good to go.
The simplicity and mess-free design are an obvious plus. The downsides are that the machine itself is fairly pricey and you can only use the pre-packaged plastic cups of coffee. Which are also pricey. The machine also makes only one cup at a time: convenient if you only want one cup, worthless if you want two.
Instant coffee: Oh yesss, I said it. Whether it’s the individual plastic-packet type or the tin of “cappuccino goodness” it’s generally disgusting. If you’re looking for a quick caffeine fix, however, all it takes is hot water and a spoon.