Between early-morning classes and all-night study sessions, many college students develop a taste for coffee. One way to head off an expensive gourmet coffee shop habit is to stock the dorm room with coffee shop-quality supplies. A space-efficient setup makes it easy to prepare a delicious cup of coffee – all before that 8 a.m. class.
Choose Single-Serve Coffee Makers
When a student is in a rush to make it to the first class of the day, there's no time to measure or grind. That's where single-serve coffee makers come in. Popular manufacturers like Keurig and Nespresso make easy-to-use machines that take the guesswork out of brewing the perfect cup. Simply pop in a coffee pod, add water and push the brew button. The machine does all of the work while you're getting dressed and ready to go. Afterward, the pods can be tossed in the trash for easy cleanup – which keeps dorms tidy and roommates happy. As a bonus, many of these machines are compact enough to fit into the limited space on top of a mini-fridge or on a small dorm counter.
Stock up on Coffee Flavors
In the mood for a cappuccino? Do you need a strong espresso to start the day? With flavored coffee pods, there's no need to beg a barista for a brew of choice. For a serious dorm-room setup, it's a good idea to stock up on a variety of coffee styles so it's easy to satisfy a craving for dark roast or French vanilla. If there are roommates involved, multiple flavors keep everyone caffeinated. You might also add in a box of instant coffee packets for days when there isn't time for brewing.
Try a Grab-and-Go Cup
Instead of grabbing a coffee on the way out of the dorm each morning, a reusable coffee cup is a convenient way to reduce waste and save space in the dorm. Insulated cups keep coffee hot on the walk to class. Look for models with tight-fit lids to keep the beverage from splashing out of the cup. For serious coffee drinkers, a large travel mug keeps the caffeine buzz going strong all morning.
Go Gourmet With Alternative Coffee Makers
Take your coffee connoisseur's dorm-room coffee shop to the next level with a custom coffee maker. A French press or a plunger-style press gives greater control over the brewing process. Customize the strength of the beverage by adjusting the steeping time or adding more ground coffee. These coffee makers require a little more effort, but they result in a gourmet cup of joe.
Don’t Forget Sweeteners and Supplies
The right supplies put the perfect finishing touch on a custom coffee station. To start, try stocking up on sweeteners, stirring sticks and napkins for quick cleanup. If there's a mini-fridge in the room, a carton of milk or cream can temper the taste of strong coffee. No fridge? No problem. Shelf-stable creamers achieve the same effect. A small caddy keeps everything organized and contained, which leads to a cleaner dorm room.
Making coffee in the dorm is a great way to save money and survive on a tight student budget. With the right supplies, it's a breeze to set up a dorm-room coffee station that satisfies serious coffee drinkers.
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