Delicious coffee comes in all price ranges and doesn’t have to cost a fortune. But buying quality coffee that supports farmers and the environment should definitely cost more than a few dollars per pound. That said, there are other ways to save money on your craft coffee adventure. Here are 3 tools that don’t cost much but when paired with quality coffee, they can bring your brewing to the next level.
Hario V60 Coffee Dripper
At around $10, this dripper could be your gateway to pour over coffee. While we highly recommend a scale and a kettle with a thermometer for perfect pour overs, you can get pretty darn close with just volume measurements.
Where to find it: local coffee shops often sell these and the paper filters so your purchase could support a local coffee business. If not, we’ve got you covered.
The name pretty much says it all! Frothed milk (or non-dairy oatmilk) can turn your morning coffee into an experience. Heat your milk separately then foam it up and practice your latte art! Or brew a strong coffee and add frothed milk for a lovely café au lait. At around $10, these things take up very little drawer space but can punch up your coffee experience. If your local shop doesn’t sell one, you can find a decent one here.
Never underestimate the power of a beautiful or unique mug. Whether you prefer a hand-crafted ceramic feel (like the one created above by local potter, Sage Eden) or a rustic camp experience (like our own Out There camper mug), there’s a mug out there for you and it’s worth spending your money on. A one-time purchase of around $20 will be the gift that keeps on giving as you sip delicious, hot coffee out of it again and again.
Bonus Tool - Free Music!
One thing that elevates our own coffee experience is an excellent playlist. There’s lots of options, from YouTube to Pandora, or just your favorite CD. (Those are still a thing, right?) We’ve crafted our own using our favorite music player - Spotify. If you’re not currently a paid subscriber, you can join for free and enjoy many other wonderful playlists.