If your tired of paying $8 for a cup of coffee at one of the popular “coffee” houses, Foodbeast says you may want to try these few home tips to make your own.

  1. Use better water! Simple right? If you don’t like the taste of your tap water on its own, it won’t brew good coffee either. Especially if you have hard water or use a softener. Use bottled water or invest in a Brita. It can make a huge difference.
  2. Grind your own beans. Pre-ground coffee gets stale really fast, so it isn’t as fresh and has a lot less flavor. Even if the whole beans cost a little more, its still cheaper in the long run. You can purchase a cheap electric grinder on Amazon for $10 to $20 bucks.
  3. Make sure you’re adding to the flavor, not diluting it. One mistake people make is using skim milk instead of whole milk or creamer. Low fat milk is a little more watery and doesn’t add much to the taste.

Whole milk has more calories, but you won’t be using enough to make much difference. One ounce of skim milk has about 10 calories, compared to 18 calories for whole milk.

So, even with the investment of the grinder and beans, in the long run you will still have a better cup of coffee for much less.

I will caution you though, the grinders can be messy. So if you’re a clean freak be aware of a little more maintenance on clean up. I’d guess a small price to pay for the coffee addicts of the world. 🙂

Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .