Coffee, Anyone??

Filed under :Coffee, Extreme Frugal Meter, Food Storage

How many times have you made a larger pot of coffee than what you needed?  I personally have wasted so much coffee in the past!  And coffee isn’t cheap!   And definitely NOT when you’re pouring it down the drain.  So, this tip is going to show you how you can save money on your coffee purchases as well as save a little $$$ on electricity.

We’re going to get EXTREME on the FRUGAL METER!  First – ALWAYS make a FULL POT of coffee… never only make a portion of a pot.  Why?  Well, think about it for a little while…. you’re going to all the trouble to make it, so why not make the entire pot for your efforts?  Second, it’s just as easy to make a full pot as it is to make a 1/2 pot, right?  Keep this in mind – what you do not consume after initially brewing the pot of coffee is not going to go to waste :-)

Now, 2nd step is to pour your cup of coffee into your cup and turn off the coffee maker.  The coffee in the pot will continue to stay warm enough for you to have at least 2 cups of your favorite beverage :-)    If you decide you want cup #3, well, it’s so easy to pop your cup into the microwave for 20 seconds and warm it back up.  And, you’re not consuming electricity by just leaving the coffee pot turned on.  You’re also not COOKING your coffee with the coffee maker which makes it taste bitter and strong.

Let’s say that you’ve had a couple of cups of coffee and you still have plenty left over that is cool in your coffee pot.  Wait for it to cool down to room temperature and then pour it into a glass quart canning jar.  Then put the lid on (you can re-use a “used” canning lid) and put the rim/band on.  Put this in your refrigerator!

Tomorrow morning when you’re half asleep and craving a cup of coffee to wake you up, pour you a cup from the refrigerator and microwave it (test your microwave to determine the proper amount of time – since all microwaves are a little different) to your desired temperature.  Imagine having a piping hot cup of coffee in about a minute instead of waiting on the coffee maker to brew.  I personally cannot taste a difference in the refrigerated cup of coffee after it’s been reheated in the microwave.

And not only have you saved yourself some time, but you’ve saved some electricity and you get a day off from washing the coffee pot :-)

We drink a good bit of coffee around my house so the longest that I’ve kept brewed coffee refrigerated is 2 days.

Give this tip a try and see what you think!  Post your comments below – I’d love to know your results and opinions!