So, true story: I have always found a way to make the cheapest coffee taste great.
My father began this family tradition long ago. His tip? Add a dash of salt on top of the coffee grounds (for filtered coffee). Amazingly this does help with the bitter aftertaste. Not great for those on sodium-reduced diets, though.
For years, I kept my secret under wraps. But one day, our cat Kady convinced me to share my coffee secrets with the world.
At first, I began to shoot video snippets at my local grocery store, but their security guy asked me what I was doing. So proudly I told him, "Oh, I'm writing an article about how to make cheap coffee taste great and I need some footage."
Oddly, he didn't look impressed. Instead he asked me, "Are you going to be showing products in our store with their prices?"
"Yeah," I continued, "I'm going to show people how they can make the cheap coffee taste like the overpriced stuff you're peddling over here."
Well, blah, blah, blah . . he quoted something about legalities and permission and pretty much told me I couldn't do it.
Crushed but not defeated, I found suitable photos to depict the first part of my article. (So THERE, tough-guy security guard for an unnamed grocery store).
Oh well, I got over it . . sorta. And so, here it goes.
My Typical Broke Student Scenario
In college, I tried to eat healthy. So on the weekends, I'd get out my "to-do" list and stick to my meagre grocery budget. Yeah, I even clipped coupons.
Sure, I felt good about buying healthy produce until the dreaded moment when I realized I was down to my last $6 and was completely out of coffee.
OMG, Panic Sets In, You Run
And Produce Goes Flying Out of the Cart
And You Become a Different Person
Need coffee. Can't live without coffee.
Because you know that broccoli isn't going to wake your sorry ass up in the morning.
Everything is Going Dark Now
But You Made It to the Coffee Aisle
Ever See Anyone Use These Machines?
Ask for Assistance? From who? No one's around
Rose's Foolproof Coffee
Makes: 24 oz | Prep: 5 mins | Total: 9 mins
The Benefits of French Press Coffee
Environmentally-friendly: There's no electricity used to brew your coffee and no need for filters. You could bring your French Press camping and boil water over a campfire.
Inexpensive and long-lasting: French Presses range from around $10 - $50. With proper care, they last for decades. (I've had my Bodum French Press for over 20 years).
Better taste: Since the coffee isn't "cooked" on a warming plate or boiled via percolating, there's much less chance you'll have an overcooked, burnt, or bitter tasting brew. Plus I feel it's wise to avoid anything with plastic parts (like in some brands of coffee makers) whenever possible.
Bodum - the Gold Standard for over 70 years
In 1944, Peter Bodum started the company in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1974, Bodum became known for its Bistro French Press coffee maker. Four years later, their home office was moved to Switzerland and the company expanded to produce a wide range of products ranging from coffee makers to kitchen tools.
Today, Bodum is led by the founder’s son, Jorgen Bodum. Their high quality kitchen products are sold in more than 55 countries.
Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker
Bodum Chambord 8 cup French Press Coffee Maker, 34 oz., Chrome
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