10 Simple Steps to Make the Best Coffee with a Percolator

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Please enjoy the following guest post written by Meena from Meena Writes! She specializes in writing posts to drive more traffic to a particular business, but is also an avid coffee drinker, just like us!! Today, shes going to teach us how to make the best coffee with a percolator.

10 Simple steps to make the most delicious coffee with a percolator!!

Doesn’t coffee have the most divine aroma? And doesn’t it inject a joie-de-vivre into your morning? A perkiness…perhaps?

Believe it or not, that perkiness comes right out of your coffee percolator into your mug of oozing warm liquid coffee – that-smells-divine-and-you-can-wait-to-take-your-first-sip.

That’s right we are talking about coffee percolators and the reason why they are called so is because coffee literally “perks up” – when you see bubbles inside the dome area of your percolator.

These days though, old fashion percolators have been shun to the bottom drawer, replaced by electronic coffee machines that can brew your coffee and froth your milk at the same time or coffee that comes right out of a tiny pod in flavours that are almost too good to complain about.

Many people complain that coffee from percolators have a strong or a bitter taste, but the good ole percolator deserves a mention and staunch coffee drinkers will swear by it even today.

So let’s see how we can re-create the magic of the old and make freshly brewed coffee that “perks” up along with you every morning:

To start off, you will need your percolator – that’s obvious huh?!

      1. Wash your percolator thoroughly if using for the first time and then set up the stand and perforated coffee chamber in the pot.
      2. Pour the desired amount of water in the water chamber, making sure it’s below the level of the coffee chamber.
      3. Grind your beans to coarse consistency as fine coffee will seep through with water and you will find yourself seeping a cup full of gritty coffee bean bits.
      4. Pack the coffee chamber with freshly ground coffee depending on how strong or mild you want it. A good ratio to go by is one tablespoon of ground coffee per eight ounces of water.
      5. Assemble the rest of the percolator by placing the spreader plate on top of the coffee chamber, then the glass bubble in the middle and lastly, firmly close the lid on the pot.

Now you are ready to start the brewing process

Isn’t it exciting? I am almost bubbling with excitement!!

      1. Ok, now put the percolator on your stove – electric or gas. Depending on what you have it helps to regulate the heat. For an electric stove you can put the percolator on a cold stove and then turn up the switch. The water will slowly heat up close to a boil and brew the coffee. For a gas stove keep the heat low as you don’t want the water to boil over quickly.
      2. Most coffee percolators have a glass dome on the top so you can see through and monitor what is going on. As soon as you start hearing sputtering sounds, you will notice it in the gass dome and the faster that happens, it means that the water is getting hotter
      3. Regulate the heat so that the sputtering and bubbles in the glass dome occurs every few seconds and not any faster, or your water will be too hot for optimum brewing to take place.
      4. Let the coffee percolate for about 10 minutes which will make a nice cup of strong coffee but if you like a milder cup then let it brew for a shorter period of time. Experiment with your percolator and brewing times for your ideal taste.
      5. Once done, remove the percolator from the heat source and with an oven mitt, open the lid and remove the coffee chamber so that you don’t get ground coffee bits in your cup when you pour it out.

And there you have it. A tantalizing cup of the most amazing coffee to perk your day!

Do you have any tips on using a percolator? Have you had any different experiences? Comment below and let me know.

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I hope everyone enjoyed Meena’s post!!
I sure did!! I can’t wait to try out a percolator for a great cup of joe!!

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8 Ways to Save Money on Coffee

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In my opinion, coffee is 100% necessary for survival. It can turn a groggy-eyed zombie into a normally-functioning human and a normally functioning human into Leslie Knope (from Parks and Rec if anyone is familiar).

The only real downside to coffee is that it costs money and has calories if you choose to accessorize it with cream, sugar, flavors, etc.

But don’t you worry, I have some tips and tricks to help you save some dough on your coffee. I can’t help you with the calories though, but I totally wish I could.

8 Ways to Save Money on Coffee

1. Stop drinking Starbucks

I mean it. You’re basic enough without walking around with that red cup in your hand. Not only did I stop drinking Starbucks, but I stopped drinking coffee anywhere but Dunkin Donuts. Starbucks is completely overpriced and the coffee isn’t even that good. I was going to some small town mom and pop coffee shops too which I have also stopped going to (that I actually do feel really bad about because I love small business and plan to open my own coffee shop some day). No matter how convenient it is, do not go anywhere other than Dunkin. Drive 0.4 miles out of the way in order to get Dunks because the difference in coffee price is bigger than the difference in gas price.

Surprise Calorie-Saving Tip #1: At Dunkin Donuts, flavor swirls have calories whereas flavor shots don’t. Many of the popular flavors are available in both forms so you can save some calories getting a French Vanilla or Caramel Flavor Shot as opposed to the same flavor as a swirl.

2. Sign up for the DD Perks App

Alright, let me real talk you guys for a second about DD Perks. It. Is. A. Lifesaver. Especially if you live in New England. Every time the Patriots win, you can get $0.87 coffee with your DD Perks app. So essentially, the entirety of New England gets $0.87 coffee every Monday from November to February. They don’t only do local deals. They will have specials where certain drinks are half priced after 2PM or you get bonus points if you buy this combination. Once you reach a certain point value, you earn a free beverage. I cashed in a free beverage this morning and it was a delightful feeling. You get free beverages for your birthday and every time you refer a friend. But you have to do it through an email address so I’m not even getting anything for telling you guys about it…

3. Order on the Go

You thought we were done talking about DD Perks? Nah. There’s more. The DD Perks app now lets you Order on the Go which means you put in your order from bed and then click the “I’m ready to pick up” button once you get in your car. Once you get to your favorite Dunkin Donuts, your stuff will already be waiting at the Pickup Location and you can walk straight there and grab it while everyone in line gives you a dirty look. This way you avoid the waiting in line, getting hungrier and hungrier, and deciding to get a couple donuts by the time you get to the register.

Surprise Calorie-Saving Tip #2: The DD Perks app is very good about showing calorie counts for different foods, so by ordering from the app, it will be easier to make a healthy choice than just by what looks healthy in-store.

4. Sign Up for Auto Reload to Your DD Perks Account

For a limited time, those who sign up for an auto reload in their DD perks account get three times the points on purchases, meaning you’re spending the same amount of money but receiving more free coffees. The auto-reload works two ways – you choose whether you want it to reload based on time or based on the balance in your account. If you have it reload once a month for a specific amount, that is your coffee budget for the month and you won’t have to worry about exceeding it. You will just have to go without after that, I suppose. If you limit how much you have to spend, you better bet you’ll be visiting on $0.87 coffee days.

5. Invest in a Good Coffee Machine

I know, I know. It’s counter-intuitive to spend money to save money, but sometimes you have to do it. I just bought this Keurig and I love it. Kcups come in so many different brands and flavors, just like regular coffee without the trouble of having to grind up beans or fumble around with pouring grounds when you wake up and you’re still dreaming about Ryan Reynolds. You can make a single cup as opposed to a whole pot since not everyone in a family likes their coffee to taste like literal dirt (like my dad does with his columbian roast). Kcups are less messy than a wet filter full of grounds and Keurigs are much easier to clean than other coffee makers. I run a container of vinegar through mine just about every other week.

6. Invest in a Coffee Press

“But Blondie, I only like iced coffee, and I don’t want to pour my hot coffee over ice because it will water it down” Okay, zip it. I get it. Some people are iced coffee people. I sure am if the temperature is above 35F. That’s why I invested in a coffee press. Coffee Presses use regular grounds and hot or cold water to make the perfect coffee. You can either use hot water heated in a microwave or tea kettle and let it steep for just about as long as you would tea, or you can use cold water and let it steep overnight.

Surprise Calorie-Saving Tip #3: Cold brewing coffee is said to make it less bitter, so if you were to invest some time and money in cold brewing, you might have to invest less in flavored creamers and sugars.

7. Buy Coffee in Bulk

This is just Shopping 101 if you use a lot of something, you should buy it in bulk or buy greater quantities online. We drink a TON of the Dunkin Donuts Original Blend, so we either buy it from Amazon or convince my dad to take us to BJs with him to get it there, because we can’t afford our own membership right now. When we first bought the house and didn’t have our lives together, we were running to the store like once a week to get kcups and it was so expensive. Bulk is definitely a much better option for coffee-lovers. 

8. Invest in a Yeti

I always had a really hard time taking coffee to go because I always find travel mugs to pick up the smell of whatever you put in them. I would have different mugs for different drinks – one for coffee, one for chai tea, one for cocoa and so on. A. that was inefficient and B. it all got ruined the day that my sister put a chai tea in my coffee travel mug. Something about the smell seeping into the plastic turns my stomach, so I was buying travel dixie cups instead. Also expensive and also inefficient. Then one day, the man came home from work with a Yeti for me and my life changed. Now I can take whatever drink I want wherever I want without an issue. I just wash it with baking soda and vinegar once a week when I do the Keurig.

So, there you have it, you guys. 8 ways to save money on coffee.
What do you think? Going to try some of these out? How do you save money on coffee?

Happy Caffeinating and remember Choose Death Before Decaf!! 

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How to Create an Organized Coffee Station

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I spend a lot of time at the coffee station in my house. Whether I am making a coffee for myself or the man, I prefer to do it in an organized environment.

Nobody wants to walk downstairs first thing in the morning and walk into a messy kitchen and sleepily search for their favorite coffee.

Since the move, that has been the story of my life. So, Friday morning, on my day off from work, I decided to kick it into gear and finally set up our coffee station!!

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Our Keurig is conveniently located next to the fridge and above the dishwasher. This creates an environment where it is easy to grab the cream from the fridge and put your mug in the dishwasher when you’re done.

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Also, since like 83% of the dishes that come out of the dishwasher are mugs, it makes unloading a LOT easier.

Due to the location, there is not ample hidden storage for kcups. Therefore, we decided to go with an out-in-the-open approach. This contraption is actually a fruit basket, with three different compartments, each with different coffees.

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The largest section houses the Dunkin Donuts Original Kcups because we drink them most and buy them in bulk.

The medium section is home to a single box of Starbucks Vanilla Flavored Kcups because we got them for Christmas and need to get rid of them so we will give them to unsuspecting guests.

The top tier is filled with Dunkin Donuts Chocolate Glazed Donut Kcups because they are seasonal and on their way out.

How to create an organized coffee station in your home!! Everything you need to caffeinate in the most efficient, organized, and classy way possible!!

The spoon rest was an investment I made after writing this post about gift ideas for cat lovers because I thought it was cute and because I hate that sticky spot on the counter from setting the coffee spoon down.

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The mug tree and mugs were actually a hand-me-down gift from my mom but there are similar items on Amazon if you would like to copy this look.

In the interest of full disclosure, the mugs on the tree are only the matching ones. The entire bottom shelf of the cabinet above the coffee maker is full of mismatched mugs such as this one that the man got me for Christmas and this one that I use every monday.

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What does your coffee station look like? I would love to see!! Please let me know, below!

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Dunks is Better than Starbs – There I Said It

Alright you guys before you get out your torches and your pitchforks just hear me out:

The way I see it, there are two types of people in this world: Dunks people and Starbs people. Some will argue that there are also people who don’t drink coffee, but honestly that concept is just so foreign to me that I have a hard time recognizing them as people.

10 Undeniable Reasons Dunkin’ Donuts is Better than Starbucks

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1. Origin

Massachusetts – ever heard of it? Home of the Boston Tea Party, Midnight Ride, Boston Massacre, and most importantly John Krasinski. Much like the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins, Dunkin Donuts is another powerhouse that reigns from good old MA.

2. Cost

No one in their right mind can argue that Starbucks is a better value than Dunks. At Dunks, a medium iced is a medium ices is a medium iced and no matter what you add to it (with the exception of a Turbo Shot) you will be charged as such. At Starbucks, I think they charge you for how many syllables you utter. “I’d like a Venti Iced Peppermint Mocha” is a lot of syllables and it is definitely reflected in your total. Even if you order a black coffee at Starbucks and add your own cream (like a peasant) it is more expensive than a coffee of the same size prepared the way you actually want to drink it from Dunks.

3. Volume

Not only does a Dunkin Donuts “small” cost less than a Starbucks “tall” but Dunks also gives you more coffee in your cup.

4. Quality

Not only is the cost higher and the volume lower at Starbucks, the coffee is also burnt. I’ve taken to calling the establishment Charbucks because it tastes like a burnt tire that drove through a field of coffee grounds.

5. Perks/Rewards

The DD Perks app is constantly putting on new deals. Get this for $1 after 2PM. Buy one of these, get one of these half priced. The Starbucks Rewards Program is just that – a rewards program. Starbucks will reward you for going there, but not give you any incentive to go there with any sort of special promotions or deals.

6. Local Deals

Depending on where you are in the country, the DD Perks app also does specials for your local professional sports teams. I love it because, let’s be honest, getting a free coffee after the Patriots win means getting a free coffee almost every week from November to February.

7. Fresh-Baked Treats

Dunkin Donuts bakers get there early in the morning and bake all of the muffins and bagels. Depending on the store, they might bake their own donuts or they might be delivered from their local donut factory to then be filled, frosted, and decorated by the morning baker. Starbucks (food) is all frozen, pre-packaged garbage that they just heat up in a device that’s like a microwave.

8. Carbs

Not only is Dunkins’ food actual real, cooked food, its also much carbier and just overall tastier. When I have a coffee I want a muffin, bagel, or donut. I don’t want some weird Spinach and egg wrap thing. I have acid reflux and I feel like that would just give me indegestion. Coffee is acidic, therefore you need something really carby to protect your stomach lining. Trust me.

9. Hot chocolate

Not only is Dunkin Donuts’ hot chocolate exceptionally amazing, they also have FLAVORED hot chocolates and they will put FLAVOR SHOTS in you hot chocolate for you too. Mint Hot chocolate is my favorite, but it’s a seasonal drink, so I will settle for a Hot Chocolate with a Coconut flavor shot for the rest of the year. The Dunkaccino is also a grand beverage invention. It’s a combination of hot chocolate and coffee which is great for if you don’t actually like coffee that much but need caffeine.

10. Service

I, personally, find Dunkin Donuts employees to be friendlier. Probably because all Starbucks employees are either hipsters or pretentious, but my coffee is always ready a lot faster at Dunks. Dunks seems to have it figured out better where they have people at the registers (managers, usually), people making drinks, and people making food (bakers, usually). This way everyone has their own job and no one is in each others’ way. At Starbucks, the person who takes your order has to go walk around and make your coffee, and then they have to go put your weird spinach wrap in the “microwave” too. Same with the person on the other register, and same for the person working the drive thru. So everyone is constantly in each others’ way, bumping each other, and while they’re holding hot coffee and that just makes me anxious.

I hope this post has enlightened you to the superiority of Dunkin Donuts over Starbucks. If you disagree, I would love to hear your opinion!!

Happy Caffeinating!!

blondie

How to Save Money on Coffee

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How much money do you spend on coffee every month? If you track that number, the answer might surprise you, but fear not. There are ways to save money and you’re about the learn the best one.

How to Save Money on Coffee

The year was 2016. The month, a beautiful sunshiny May in central Massachusetts. Your girl, here, had just graduated from college (finally) and started her dream job as a Mechanical Engineer at a Biomedical company in her hometown. She was living at home with her parents who she missed so much while she was away at school, commuting 1.3 miles to work, and eating completely for free at home. It was the life.

But then, something started happening. The excitement of her new job was starting to wear off and she started getting the 10AM blues. You know the one. The one where you need a certain something. You need that afternoon pick-me-up. YOU NEED COFFEE.

Luckily for her, there was both a Starbucks and a Dunkin Donuts within walking distance of her wonderful working establishment. So she grabbed a friend and they walked to get their caffeine fix. As a born and bred Masshole, there was no way she would pass up Dunks for Starbs, that would just be wrong. So she opted for the better (and cheaper) choice and headed out.

Knowing that she has had stomach problems in the past and that stress ulcers were a definite possibility for someone as Type-A as she, she decided to order a Reduced Fat Blueberry Muffin with her coffee. Her total came out to $4.02, she paid the nice man in the ugly brown apron, and headed back to work. She sat in her cubicle enjoying her treats and continued working.

As the summer drew on, her trips to to Dunks became more frequent. What started as a once a week treat turned into an every day necessity. Some days, she would just get the coffee, some days a muffin as well, and some days a bagel instead.

As the responsible girl she was, she tracked her spending meticulously. She had just finished her Engineering Economy class and knew exactly how much she needed to be saving to afford the house she wanted to buy, or the car that she knew she would need eventually, or just to increase her “in case of emergency” savings account. But there she was spending $30 per week at Dunkin Donuts. For coffee – something she could easily make at home.

She knew she had a problem. She knew she needed to make a change. So that’s what she did. She made one of the most important purchases of her life and invested in a Coffee Press.

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This coffee press was amazing. She could make Hot or Iced Coffee. Warm or Cold Brew. Her days of spending an excessive amount of Dunkin Donuts were over, and she can finally rest easily enjoying her Iced Coffee from home.

Happy Caffeinating!!

Blonde Roast by the Coast