If you love your cup of Joe as much as I do, then you know you can’t sacrifice good quality & taste. There are so many ways to make coffee: In a kettle, in a Keurig (my personal fav), a French Press, or in a plain ole electric coffee maker. No matter how you choose to make your coffee, fresh is best!
It was only recently that I discovered how wonderful fresh coffee is, and it was by accident!
In an attempt to be more eco-friendly and stop buying disposable K-cups, I bought a reusable cup that I could pour ground coffee into and use in my Keurig. In fact, we’ve been doing this for years! It’s slightly time consuming compared to regular coffee pods you can buy at the grocery store, but definitely worth it when I think of how much waste I would have created over the last 2 years.
Not only does a reusable cup save on unnecessary waste, it’s much more cost efficient, especially if you drink coffee like I do. In my household an average of 6 cups of coffee are consumed a day. If I were to use only disposable cups, it would cost me AT LEAST $105 a month to drink my coffee. That’s ridiculous. Do you want to know how much money I spend on coffee each month? Around $10. That’s a huge amount of savings, so it just makes sense to use regular ground coffee.
I never stick to the same brand of coffee. I love trying out new brands and new flavors, but I do have some go-to brands and flavors that I love. French vanilla is a classic and I can’t stay away from hazelnut, but recently I stopped buying regular ground coffee. There wasn’t a big reason as to why I switched to coffee beans. In fact, it was on accident!
The last time I went to the grocery store I was in a rush. We were out of coffee and I was craving some croissants for breakfast, so I grabbed a bag in my favorite flavor and checked out. When I got home and opened the bag of coffee, I realized that I had purchased whole coffee beans instead of ground coffee. That might not seem like such a bad thing, except I don’t have a coffee grinder.
So how exactly does someone make a cup of the good stuff with whole beans and no coffee grinder? They improvise, and that’s just what I did. I discovered a genius hack that anyone can use if they find themselves in this situation: use a peppercorn grinder! It seriously works! I was shocked that it worked so well, and definitely not disappointed in the quality of my coffee.
The great thing about using a peppercorn grinder (or even a salt grinder) is that it’s small, it’s portable and it doesn’t require electricity! This is perfect for those who go camping and don’t have access to electricity, but still want to enjoy a smoldering cup of coffee in a hammock watching the sun rise over the mountains. And it’s perfect for those of us who need to grind their coffee beans in a pinch.
I recommend smashing your coffee beans a bit before trying to grind them, because it’s difficult to grind a whole bean. I’m still surprised at how well this works and you really can’t even tell the difference. It does take a bit of time and elbow grease, but it works and sometimes you just need your coffee and nothing is gonna stop you.