With Starbucks’ long-anticipated launch of their PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte, for you Sbux boycotters) at the beginning of September, temptations to indulge in expensive coffee beverages too often reach annual highs. We often use convenience as an excuse to grab a premium cup o’ joe on the way to work, but isn’t brewing coffee in the comfort of your own affordable, luxury apartment at Adam’s Crossing the ultimate convenience?
Additionally, purchasing specialty coffees several times a week depletes your bank account. Let’s say you buy a five dollar beverage four times per week. That’s $5.00 x 4 x 52 = $1,040. OUCH. Make a delicious cup of coffee before you leave in the morning, and save yourself hundreds of dollars each year. Let’s take a look at alternative coffee brewing methods that you can try at home that will still make your coffee-loving heart happy and not empty your pockets.
A French press brews an absolutely delicious cup of java and takes less time than waiting in line at a busy coffee shop. This appliance requires a courser grind of coffee beans than traditional coffee pots to achieve the best results. Simply boil water in a kettle until it sings and then remove from the heat. Let the water set for one minute before pouring over the grounds in the press. Put the top on with the plunger retracted, and allow the grounds to steep for 3 – 5 minutes, depending on the robustness of flavor you desire. Extend the plunger to the bottom of the French press, and voilà!
The CHEMEX® brewing method has been around since the ‘40s but has recently gained popularity. This brewing process is a bit more extensive than for the French press, so consult Brewing 101 With CHEMEX® for detailed instructions. Essentially, hot water is poured over (hence the term “pour over coffee”) medium coarseness coffee grounds in a glass apparatus where the coffee filtrates into the bottom repository. The contraption resembles a piece of art, so it doubles as a decorative piece for your luxury apartment.
Cold Brew Coffee
Don’t limit cold brew coffee just to the summer months! It easily transitions with you into the cooler seasons. In this brewing method, you can use either a French press or a CHEMEX®, but the French press offers a much more straightforward option. Scoop the desired amount of coffee grounds into the press, pour in cold water, and let it sit in the refrigerator for 8 to 24 hours. After the coffee steeps, press down the plunger to separate the grounds from the water. Now drink up!
Located in Waldorf, MD, Adam’s Crossing offers affordable luxury apartments ranging from two to three bedrooms. Here you enjoy all of life’s simple pleasures — like a delightful cup of home-brewed coffee! Haven’t taken a tour of Adam’s Crossing yet? Schedule a tour with one of our property managers and check out the second phase of our development, Adam’s II.