A College Kid’s Appreciation and “How to” on Coffee

Begin stereotypical college scene:

A 20 year old college student sits in a small Starbucks attempting to finish a seven page paper (due date is tomorrow) while frantically throwing back one cup of coffee after another.

End scene.

As a third year college student, I confess to portraying this image once or twice. I also confess to at one time in my life having a strong dislike towards anything coffee related.

How does that work?

Between classes, extra-curricular activities, and/or searching for future colleges/jobs, high school is a busy time. However, the need for caffeine is never really a necessity until you hit those college years. You truly don’t develop an appreciation for a classic cup of joe until it is the only thing keeping you awake after hours upon hours of working, studying, or what have you.

There are a couple of options for obtaining your daily dose of coffee. One, you can go out to a coffee shop and order specifically what you want. Or two, you can purchase a cheap coffee maker to keep in your room.

My suggestion: while coffee places are great for those once in a while specialty drinks (mochas, lattes, etc.), I’ve learned from experience that knowing how to make coffee with a coffee maker is a super useful skill in the college world because not only are you saving money in the long run, but it is so easy to just grab some coffee in your room and go as opposed to waiting in long coffee shop lines and spending time and money that you don’t have.

Follow these three easy steps below and learn how to live your days with a nice, hot cup of coffee.

Step 1: Stock up on the essentials

Like in any other recipe, first thing first is to purchase the ingredients. Depending on your price range, coffee makers can range anywhere from $10-$15 or even up to $50-$60. As a poor college student, I chose quantity over quality, and just bought a cheap $9.99 coffee maker from Target. After that, the list becomes fairly small and simple; just pick out your favorite brands of coffee grounds, creamer, and/or sugar, and grab some white paper filters for the coffee maker and you’re ready to start.

Step 2: Coffeemaker and Coffee ingredients: Putting Them Together

Every coffee maker is different, but for the most part there is a general understanding on how to work the coffee maker and how/where to put the ingredients in it. First and foremost, you need to find the place to put the paper filter, which is usually a circular shaped bowl with a hole on the bottom to make the coffee. Once you’ve done that, place about 2-3 scoops of coffee grounds into the filter. Finally, add the precise amount of water to the specific area, turn on the machine, and voilà! You have begun to make coffee! For more specific instructions to your machine, definitely read through the instructions, but generally coffee makers are not difficult to use and they don’t take up too much of your time.

Step 3: Making Your Cup of Coffee

As soon as the coffee pot is filled, and the brewed aroma fills the air, you know it is time to enjoy a nice cup of coffee. This part of the process pretty much speaks for itself: grab your preferred mug, fill up however much coffee you want, then add your specific amount of cream and sugar if you want. I am still stuck on a good amount of cream and sugar, but the choice is yours! Drink it black, or have it taste practically like hot milk; that is the beauty of having your own little coffee station.

There you have it! The choice of whether or not to drink coffee and where to purchase is it is all yours. However, starting your day, keeping your day going, or even ending your day with a cup of coffee is both beneficial and delicious in the long run.

Visit the website wikiHow for more in-depth steps on how to make coffee using a coffee maker.

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Jordan Johnson

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Jordan Johnson is a junior at North Central College in Naperville, IL pursuing degrees in journalism and interactive media studies. When she is not in the classroom, she balances her time playing for her school’s softball team and working at a local frozen yogurt shop. Jordan enjoys watching movies, thumb wars, and occasional trips into the windy city.
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