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My Coffee Press

Copyright Kristin LeMoine

Growing up I thought coffee was bitter and disgusting, and who in their right mind would drink the stuff? I even hated the smell of the beans when my Mom brewed her morning cup. Between now and then I have worked in a coffee shop (where said coffee was free), and had 2 children. Now I drink my ritual cup every morning, and occasionally an afternoon cup when I’m out in town.

Those of you who buy your coffee in coffee shops can save a ton of money by making it at home. I know: nag, nag, nag. I’m sure you’ve seen this suggestion made before. Give it a try and save those coffee shop outings for special occasions. You might be surprised at how much you save. You can get about 32 medium sized cups of coffee out of one pound of grounds. That’s about $0.31 per cup (plus the cost of add-ins) for a medium to high priced coffee. If you’re getting the cheapest ground coffee you can find it will be about half that! I don’t know what a coffee shop cup in your area costs, but in my area it’s more than quadruple that. Read it all..


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