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HappyHiker
12-1-14, 10:45am
Maybe you're like us and you've been buying bagged coffee. We buy Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts brand coffee. We mix full caf with half de-caf and drink our morning coffee out of large mugs probably equal to two cups.

Yesterday at the Dollar store, I decided, on a whim, to buy two containers of Maxwell House--one with caf and one without.

This morning was the taste test. I was prepared not to like the Maxwell House, but instead, both my husand and I preferred the Maxwell House. We found it less acidic and with a robust flavor (sorry, guess I sound like a commerical).

We'd been paying around $8.95 per 11.5 oz. of the SB or DD coffee per bag. The MH was $3/$3.75 per bag for the same size. So that's a savings of $11 or so each time we stock up on coffee.

Lesson learned? Step out of my comfort zone and try other choices in foods and beverages...ya just never know!

catherine
12-1-14, 11:03am
I have a Keurig but I fill reusable pods with ground, bagged coffee because of the plastic waste and cost of the Keurig pods.

Normally, I would buy the cheapest coffee possible, but lately I've become concerned about coffee production processes in South America and the clear-cutting that most coffee-growing incurs, so I'm trying to stick with Fair Trade, shade-grown. It's actually hard to find, and when I do find it, it's expensive. Cheapest I've found is Trader Joe's for 7.99/lb. There was a vendor at Costco one weekend who was selling it and like a jerk, I didn't realize he was a one-day vendor, and I never bought it. I'm hoping he returns!

Tussiemussies
12-1-14, 1:39pm
We too only drink Dunkin Donuts but have c.f. offe so infrequently that it pays off. I too would think that Maxwell House woukd have a great flavor. My sister made it last Christmas Eve and it smelled really great. Glad you found something that works for you....

nswef
12-1-14, 2:30pm
I use Portorico.com for ordering coffee. They have organic, fair trade and it's reasonable. Free shipping if you order enough and have room to freeze it. I was looking at fancy coffee makers and decided to try doing some things with my regular coffee maker- wet the filter, let 1 cup go through the process, let it sit a minute or two to "bloom" , finish the cycle and turn it off immediately when the perking- bubbling stops, the rest of the water will drip out and the warmer will be off. It has made a difference and I figure I saved $100 that a new maker with those options would cost. Of course I would not have bought it. I get my coffee ground to 1 slot past Melita and they do it.

HappyHiker
12-1-14, 2:38pm
I use Portorico.com for ordering coffee. They have organic, fair trade and it's reasonable. Free shipping if you order enough and have room to freeze it. I was looking at fancy coffee makers and decided to try doing some things with my regular coffee maker- wet the filter, let 1 cup go through the process, let it sit a minute or two to "bloom" , finish the cycle and turn it off immediately when the perking- bubbling stops, the rest of the water will drip out and the warmer will be off. It has made a difference and I figure I saved $100 that a new maker with those options would cost. Of course I would not have bought it. I get my coffee ground to 1 slot past Melita and they do it.

Wow, you have a lot of patience! I'm Ms. Impatience for my morning (and only) java jolt. I want my coffee and I want it NOW! lol

We have the most basic Mr. Coffee and it seems to do the job...but I'm not too fussy as it turns out....

nswef
12-1-14, 5:56pm
I do my neck stretches while it does its things..forced exercise before I allow myself to have the coffee.

Blackdog Lin
12-1-14, 9:35pm
I am also "Ms. Impatience" when it comes to my morning coffee HappyHiker! I want it strong and black and now! I even have a hard time with taking the time to grind beans (on the infrequent occasions that we have some "quality" beans to grind). I'm glad that you have found happiness with a less-expensive brand.

Our route to saving money on coffee was just realizing that DH doesn't notice the difference near as much as I do between brands. And since our morning rising/routines are off by as much as 2 hours, and I've been making 2 half-pots rather than 1 full one for the last 2 years.....I finally figured out that by using a "better" brand (I like Dunkin) for my first half-pot (3 scoops please), then using a less-expensive brand for the next/his half pot (2 scoops only, on top of the grounds already in there) - I can significantly decrease the amount of money we spend yearly on coffee. And he doesn't mind, he's more focused on having fresh coffee than on having quality coffee.


I do my neck stretches while it does its things..forced exercise before I allow myself to have the coffee.

This is a great idea! I have dog duties to do while my coffee is dripping in the mornings. I should incorporate some stretching into the routine.

Float On
12-1-14, 10:22pm
I mix a variety of beans (I grind once a week) with Maxwell house masterblend. Probably 2/3 fresh beans and 1/3 masterblend. It is what a lot of restaurants use and I've always liked it and it stretches my more expensvie beans.

jp1
12-1-14, 11:18pm
Maybe you're like us and you've been buying bagged coffee. We buy Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts brand coffee. We mix full caf with half de-caf and drink our morning coffee out of large mugs probably equal to two cups.

Yesterday at the Dollar store, I decided, on a whim, to buy two containers of Maxwell House--one with caf and one without.

This morning was the taste test. I was prepared not to like the Maxwell House, but instead, both my husand and I preferred the Maxwell House. We found it less acidic and with a robust flavor (sorry, guess I sound like a commerical).

We'd been paying around $8.95 per 11.5 oz. of the SB or DD coffee per bag. The MH was $3/$3.75 per bag for the same size. So that's a savings of $11 or so each time we stock up on coffee.

Lesson learned? Step out of my comfort zone and try other choices in foods and beverages...ya just never know!

Would you say it was good to the last drop? (sorry, couldn't resist...)

rosarugosa
12-2-14, 5:15am
We buy Kirkland brand Colombian beans at Costco, 2 lbs for about $12.00. We grind once a week, and a bag lasts us a month or so. We decided a long time ago that we preferred coffee that we ground ourselves to pre-ground in a can. Up to that point, we were dedicated to Chock Full of Nuts brand. I'm not really motivated to revisit because we're satisfied with what we're doing now and the price seems reasonable, but if you find something that works well for you for less $$, that's a good discovery!

CathyA
12-2-14, 8:17am
Does anyone re-use grounds? Sometimes, if it's the same day, I will add just a little of the fresh grounds to the used grounds and then pour water through.
I wonder if anyone dries their used grounds and reuses them?
Can you imagine how many coffee beans have to be grown to feed the entire world's coffee habit??

Float On
12-2-14, 9:11am
CathyA, I'll do that - come back and add another scoop of coffee or sometimes after I've made hot coffee I'll staple the filter closed and add it to a small pitcher of water and stick it in the fridge and the next day make a cold coffee drink.

I don't have a traditional coffee pot. I have a press but mostly use a pour over, it's become my favorite. Our 'pour over' makes 2 large cups at a time and I can pour over 4 times before I feel like I need to add a scoop.

SteveinMN
12-2-14, 10:37am
We've found that a little hot, higher-quality coffee is more satisfying than any amount of lower-quality coffee. And we drink it (several cups worth) every day. So we spend money on coffee -- and coffeemakers. We recently had to retire a Bunn that made excellent coffee -- but only when it wanted to -- with a Cuisinart and can taste the difference (not for the better). So the coffeemaker is important too. Over the years a coffeemaker will exist, a higher purchase price turns out to be pennies a day.

HappyHiker
12-4-14, 12:32pm
Ran across this on possible health risks relating to the Keurig and thought I'd pass it along FYI. It's why a microbiologist stopped using his Keurig:

Keurig health risks? Here's why one microbiologist stopped using his:

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/why-i-kicked-my-keurig-curb

Why I kicked my Keurig to the Curb

Pretty startling info, I thought.

catherine
12-4-14, 12:54pm
Ran across this on possible health risks relating to the Keurig and thought I'd pass it along FYI. It's why a microbiologist stopped using his Keurig:

Keurig health risks? Here's why one microbiologist stopped using his:

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/why-i-kicked-my-keurig-curb

Why I kicked my Keurig to the Curb

Pretty startling info, I thought.

Well, because I only use the reusable cups, the only thing I have to worry about is the bacteria building up in the well. I know bacteria is bad, but I'm not a germophobe. I fact, I think people would probably benefit by eating a healthy dose of organic, chemical-free, happy, clean dirt because of the microbiome. So, while the bacteria thing is concerning, is it enough to give up my Keurig? Hmmm… let me grab a cuppa coffee and think about that.

jp1
12-4-14, 3:58pm
It would seem that a regular drip coffee maker would have the same mold issue but in both cases regular cleaning by running vinegar through it should be satisfactory.

Glo
12-5-14, 1:50am
We buy coffee at GFS. When it's on sale, $9.99 for two pounds. We have a small 1-cup drip maker (similar to Keurig but you use regular coffee) as DH and I only drink one cup each every morning. I make regular pots only when entertaining.

creaker
12-5-14, 8:55am
I've been using Deans Beans (https://deansbeans.com/) for a long time now. Whole bean and grind it here at home. It's not cheap - but it's good. But I'd rather cut back on coffee than drink something I wasn't happy with.

zeaxmays
12-5-14, 9:49pm
i buy cafe bustelo (2.98 for a 10 oz bag)

i use a moka pot mostly, but a french press now and then, used to use it more when i had a way to get 3.00 12oz starbucks...)

cdttmm
12-6-14, 9:00am
I've been using Deans Beans (https://deansbeans.com/) for a long time now. Whole bean and grind it here at home. It's not cheap - but it's good. But I'd rather cut back on coffee than drink something I wasn't happy with.

Hooray for Dean's Beans! I'm not a coffee drinker, but I happen to know Dean. He's a truly wonderful person!!!