SAN FRANCISCO - Paying $3 for a cup of coffee several times a day can blow a college student's budget pretty quickly. Over two semesters your java habit will run you about $1,260. That's without any espresso drinks, which cost even more.
You don't need to be an economy major to see that it's smarter to invest in a coffee maker. 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney has partnered with Consumer Reports to give you a look at coffee maker and coffee bean ratings.
Coffee and college often go hand-in-hand. A good coffee maker can make all the difference, and save your student some money.
"College kids now actually care about having a good cup of coffee, so one of the tests we do is measure how well coffee maker keeps water between 195 and 205 .. ideally it does it for five to six minutes," said Paul Hope, Consumer Reports Home Editor.
A single-serve pod maker keeps it simple and easy. Consumer Reports recommends the De'Longhi for $130.
"Pods are really convenient, but the the flavor doesn't compare to other coffee makers. Plus, they get expensive and they're less environmentally friendly," said Hope.
A drip coffee maker can keep costs down. The Hamilton Beach Coffeemaker is a Consumer Reports best buy for just $25.
Got a budding barista? For $100, the iCoffee is an electric version of a french press. It's very easy to use and clean.
If you've got a coffee connoisseur on your hands, the Chemex Pour-Over Brewer is an option. The filters are made of heavy paper designed to regulate water flow, and keep coffee grounds and other undesirable flavors out.
Consumer Reports also tested Ethiopian coffee beans. For pod machines, Green Mountain Organic Ethiopian coffee earned high scores. For drip and other coffeemaker machines, Trader Joe's Organic Fair Trade Ethiopian coffee is a best buy.
Produced by Justin Mendoza
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