This week, we created a series of posts to help you save money in 2012 to make your travel dreams a reality. Today’s is about cutting coffee costs.
When I was working in Chicago, a lot of days I would treat myself to a $2 coffee on the way to work. I didn’t like making my own because I had a normal-sized French press. It made great coffee, but it made too much. I didn’t need a liter of coffee everyday.
The high-tech choice is the Keurig one-cup coffee brewer, but they run over $100 for the machine and take up kitchen counter space. And the cups are about a $1 per, so you’re not saving money anytime soon.
My grandmother sent us a nice gift card for Christmas, and I picked up a Bodum travel coffee press for $20, and I love it. (Note to Grandma: Lisa got a shirt and picked out some wine too. Thanks again!)
I wish I had this mug in Chicago. It’s double-walled so it keeps the coffee warm. It has a nice, tight-sealing lid. And unlike the Keurig, it uses normal coffee. Yeah, I get a chunk or two above the press some days, but I can live with that. And it makes adding milk and / or sugar basically impossible, but I’m a black-coffee guy, so I don’t care. I just need warm water, which is tricky when it’s windy because my kitchen is outside.
My daily coffee still costs some money, but like my old boss used to day: “It ain’t free, Paul, but it’s pretty darn close.” I’m using small sample bags that I got for $1 per from Safeway. They last a bunch of times, so I’d count this as a $8 per work-week swing, ~$400 a year in savings. Pretty sweet way to enjoy better coffee.
Here’s how to make coffee with the Bodum travel coffee press.