If you’re like me, you love a good cup of coffee. And during these winter months, I love coffee even more. But, I really detest getting coffee while I am out because it is so expensive. Plus, the lattes I find out also tend to have an enormous amount of extra sugar and junk that I wouldn’t normally put in my coffee. So, I found some great ways to homemade coffee just as delicious, but for less than a quarter of the cost. If you don’t call that a win, I don’t know what is!
1. French Press
I used to be an old fashioned coffee maker kind of gal. But, then about 6 years ago I heard about the french press. I never got to see one in action until I was working at a hotel while finishing my Master’s degree. These were used for a lot of the room service coffee’s that were served. And since that day, my coffee life has never been the same.
Originally, I purchased a Bodum French Press. This one was great for me and I loved it. Until it broke about a year and a half ago. Since the Bodum is glass, if you drop it just the wrong way, it can break. And since I happen to be accident-prone, that eventually happened. But, since it was a lower cost French Press, it was a really good one for me to start with. Plus, it lasted a few years, which was worth the money. While the french press is the most expensive part of making homemade coffee, it is well worth it.
After that one broke, I decided to splurge and purchase the higher end Frieling Double-walled Stainless Steel French Press. This one has a lifetime warranty and it won’t break if you drop it. So far, so good and the coffee is out of this world!
French Press Directions
The reason a french press makes the coffee taste so much better is because you have complete control over how hot the water is before you pour it into the french press. You also have better control over steeping time, which can affect the strength and acidity.
When you are making french press, you should make sure to take the kettle off the stove right before it begins to boil. Once you pour the water into the french press, stir the coffee grounds and water together. Then put the lid on and let it steep for approximately 3-4 minutes, depending upon how strong and acidic you want it. Then push down the plunger to stop the steeping process and you are good to go.
2. Tea Kettle
If you don’t already have a tea kettle, you will need one for delicious homemade coffee. Tea kettles can range pretty widely in price. But, if you aren’t planning to use yours for anything other than your homemade coffee, then you should be able to pick one up for pretty cheap.
I have been able to find some tea kettles for under $20, but I usually pick one up for a bit closer to $30. Of course, you could easily spend a lot more money on a tea kettle that has a more aesthetic look for you. No matter what you choose to do, just make sure it will hold enough water for your french press.
The other option is an electric tea kettle. I happen to have one of these in my office, just in case I want to make coffee or tea while I am working. That way I don’t have to go up to the kitchen to boil water. Multitasking at it’s finest!
3. Mini Strainer
After having the french press for so many years, we realized that it could still use a bit more straining. Everything is great with the coffee until the last sip or two usually. And then things can get a bit gritty. Some of that could have to do with the grind of the beans, but not usually. So, we have found that getting a mini tea strainer does the trick nicely.
You can easily pick one of these up for well under $10. And it can be used for tea, coffee, and cocktails. So, this is a great tool to keep on hand, whether you are making homemade coffee or not.
4. Mini Whisk
When it comes to making good homemade coffee and lattes, a mini whisk is a must. Luckily, we happen to have a plethora of kitchen tools lying around, so we had one on hand. The one we found that works best is a 5″ mini whisk because it fits nicely in a standard coffee mug.
How I have used the mini whisk to benefit my coffee and latte experience is simple. Just add your sweetener, creamer, and/or flavor additions to the cup first while the water is getting warmed up. Use the whisk to whisk everything together prior to pouring in the coffee. This helps create a creamier and frothier coffee drink, more like the ones you would get out.
5. Good Coffee Beans
Since we all have slightly different flavor profile preferences, your beans are going to be indicative of that. I really like espresso beans for a more full-bodied flavor. However, I always suggest going with whole beans instead of ground.
There are a couple of reasons for this. First, is that coffee beans for a french press need to be an espresso grind. This means the beans are ground into larger bits than what is used in a traditional drip coffee maker.
When you buy already ground beans at the store, they are almost always only ground for drip coffee makers. By using this grind, you are going to get more sediment at the bottom of your cup. Plus, if you are using already ground beans, the oils start to oxidize faster. This means you are losing flavor in your coffee, as well as potentially getting a more acidic roast.
Therefore, I suggest either getting a small coffee grinder to grind the beans each day. Or, if you don’t have the time for that, like me, grind them at the store with the espresso grind. Then store the ground coffee in the refrigerator or freezer to slow and/or stop the oxidation process.
One of the big perks about homemade coffee and lattes is that you can put whatever kind of creamer you want in there. Since there are so many choices these days, it can be more difficult when you go out to get coffee to get exactly what you want. But, at home, you can make it exactly the way you want for the perfect latte.
Some of the great options to choose from for creamer additions are:
- Almond Milk
- Cashew Milk
- Coconut Creamer
- Coconut Milk
- Dairy Creamer
- Golden Milk
- Hemp Milk
- Oat Milk
- Rice Milk
- Soy Milk
I, personally, use coconut creamer because the dairy creamer’s don’t usually sit well with me. I have found the coconut creamer to be the closest to the dairy creamer taste and texture, which is why I go with that one.
7. Flavor Additions
Lastly, flavor additions might be something you prefer with your homemade coffee. Sometimes I add in either hot chocolate or peppermint chocolate to my latte’s to create a mocha latte. The kids saw me do this a couple of times and now it’s all they want to have whenever we do movie night. I have created some monsters!
Even if you don’t want to add in the aforementioned, you could always add in some essential oils (as long as they are rated for ingestion). These can add flavor and have potential health benefits. The other option is to add in some vanilla, honey, chai or even bitters. No matter what you choose to add in, get creative with your latte.If you want a delicious, budget-friendly homemade coffee, then you have got to get these tools! Click To Tweet
Homemade Coffee and Lattes Summary
Overall, there are so many things you can do to create a delicious, yet budget-friendly homemade coffee or latte. While, most of these things you should already have on hand if you are a coffee drinker, a few you may want to consider purchasing. If you have all of the following tools, you are bound to have one great cup of coffee or craft latte:
- French Press
- Tea Kettle
- Mini Strainer
- Mini Whisk
- Good Coffee Beans
- Flavor Additions
Once you are armed with the right tools, you are ready to get brewing and create your own homemade coffee at a fraction of the cost.
What are some of your favorite tools for creating delicious, budget-friendly homemade coffee and lattes?