This past Christmas, I got called out by my brother for not having a Keurig. Apparently “everyone in the world” has one these days, and so he was mildly upset because he had bought me some lovely K-cups as a holiday present for my non-existent Keurig coffee maker. Oops.
Personally, I have never gotten the appeal of Keurig machines. From what I can figure, it costs about a dollar a cup just for the coffee (unless you use a reusable K-cup, but I don’t know many people who actually do that since they like the no-mess features of the Keurig). I mean — $1 per cup, for coffee AT home! That is crazy! Pricing out the insanity, it would be almost $400 a year for me, and for Mr SSC and his ‘just give me an IV of caffeine’… he would be spending at least $2000 a year, and likely quite a bit more.* Spending close to $3000 a year on coffee is insane, no matter who you are. For us, that is about six months of groceries. Or thinking about it another way, using the 4% rule – that is another $75,000 we would have to save for retirement – just to support a coffee habit! Oh my! And yet, so many people have a Keurig (and I won’t even digress into the cost of the machines, and how often they seem to get replaced by my friends and family because they break easily.)
Anyways, this led into a discussion about how do we make coffee in the SSC household. Well, Mr. SSC has a french press, tea kettle, and coffee grinder system. Lately, he has even been talking about roasting his own coffee beans, but some rapid research showed that unroasted coffee beans only retail for ~$1/lb less than roasted coffee beans, so it’s not really worth it at this point. Although it is likely something we will try in the future, as we do enjoy making 90% of our food from scratch.
I, on the other hand, have an even simpler method. Technically, to people-in-the-know, it is called the cold brew method. I prefer to call it the “2 Nalgene bottle method”, and my darling brother prefers to call it “the hobo method”. This ‘hobo coffee’ method is simple… I take coffee grinds and water, put it in a Nalgene bottle and leave it in the fridge for a few days (technically 12 hours is all that is needed). Then, I filter the grinds out and pour it into my other Nalgene bottle. I then refill the original bottle with more grinds and water and start another batch a brewing for the next few days, and meanwhile I drink the filtered coffee that is in the second bottle. Nice and easy. I only drink a cup a day, so I only have to make coffee once every three or four days. I love efficiency!
Needless to say, darling brother would not even try my delicious cold-brew. Instead he just keeps threatening to buy me a Keurig coffeemaker for next Christmas. Luckily, he is (somewhat) cheap, so I don’t have to worry about that threat coming to fruition!
Does your family ever harass you about not having something ‘essential’? And, I’m curious – how do you like your coffee?
* – Mr. SSC side note: Mrs. SSC’s parents switched solely to Keurig, and when I visit, they break out the old school coffeepot. Even limiting my normal coffee intake, I was running through 4-5 cups a day, and I would still get coffee out, because I didn’t want to burn through their stash.