Monthly Archives: January 2011

Save Money Making Coffee at Home

Wake up, smell the coffee, and save almost $100. However, do it in your own kitchen. If you begin your daily grind by picking up your morning brew from a coffee shop, you’re spending about $2.45 per day for most foamy concoctions, more if you typically go for super-sized or signature varieties. The second cup to get you over the afternoon hump brings this spending figure up to $98 each month.

Making your coffee at home will run about $0.12-0.28 per cu — small beans compared to store-bought. Assuming the higher end of that estimate calculates to just $1.40 per week or $5.60 each month. For that sweet price, you can afford to take a refill to the office in a reusable travel mug ($11.20 per month) for a later pick-me-up.

Here’s how:

Invest in a no-frills coffeemaker ($15 and up), if you don’t already own one. Coffee prices vary, but even fair-trade, organic coffee can be found for less than $15 a pound. The cost of a splash of milk or flavored creamer is minimal. Keeping the disposable coffee cup out of landfill: priceless.

Study Shows Coffee Reduces Diabetes Risk in Women

Coffee produces a protein which appears to regulate sex hormones in women, in turn, reducing their risk of developing diabetes, according to a study released by UCLA.  The protein has been shown to protect against diabetes.

The study found women who drank four cups of coffee a day were less than half as likely to develop diabetes than those who did not drink any coffee.   Decafinated coffee did not appear to produce the same effect on the risk on diabetes.

Is Starbucks Trenta Size Making Us Fat And Do We Really Care?

As most of you know, Starbucks has released a new size of coffee, the Trenta, which bosts 916ml of liquid bliss, available in all markets on May 3rd.  Apparently it has been a success in the test markets, despite the large calorie punch that it can pack on the waistline.

This is causing some stir given the obesity crisis that now faces the United States.  The average human stomach cannot hold 916ml.  The average capacity is only 900ml.  Given that number, its best to pass up the pastry or risk exploding, or at least being in desperate discomfort, neither of which I am a fan of.  I love coffee, don’t get me wrong, but this is one big cup of Joe.  It puts it into prospective when you consider that the average bottle of wine is 750ml.  Now you see what I mean. 

Given the sugar content of some of the drinks, this is likely to send us into a diabetic coma.  Although I know it cannot be “good” for me, I will most likely drink it anyway because, lets face it, we here at CoffeeSage like our coffee, A LOT!  I’ll just try to sip it over a long period of time and do my best to pace myself.  Perhaps this new super-sized marvel will become one of those “drink/food challenges”.  I might just be able to win that competition!

Melitta Ready Set Joe – Single Cup Coffee Brewer

Any Coffee lover who doesn’t have a Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer is missing out. As long as you have hot water you can have a fast delicious cup of coffee in minutes. I don’t always like to committ to a full pot of any one coffee and with this device I don’t have to. Considering you can get one of these for about the price of a Latte, it’s a an easy decision to have one in the cabinet.

I know a lot of coffee purest who swear by press pots, I love a good press pot too, but it’s not the right solution for every coffee. The Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer is the best of both worlds. You get the convenience of a single cup with taste profile of a coffee pot, also clean up is easier than both.

If you get a chance you should also try Melitta’s packaged coffees. They are extremely affordable and have a mild taste, suited to any coffee drinker. They also have some more of the popular flavored coffee selections.

Overall, the Melitta products are affordable and tailored to anyone from a coffee novice to a coffee expert.