If you can't even begin to imagine starting your day without a cup of coffee, you're not alone – in U.S. only, a whopping 280.5 million cups of coffee are consumed on a daily basis.
I don't want to get into how you made it this far without a coffee maker – I sense there's been a lot of instant coffee and coffee shops involved in the process.
You’re probably wondering what are the benefits of owning a coffee maker at home.
I get it, you need a good reason to spend money on one, so how about I give you five?
Five Reasons Why You Should Definitely Invest In A Coffee Maker
While there are plenty of alternative ways to make coffee manually, I think it’s time to make things easier on yourself and admit that you do, in fact, need a coffee maker.
If you’re not quite sure why – after all, you’ve managed without one so far – here are my top five benefits of owning a coffee maker at home:
It’s Way Cheaper In The Long Run
I know what's going through your head right now:
A cup of coffee at your favorite coffee shop costs less than five bucks and I'm asking you to spend more than a hundred on a coffee maker - I must be out of my mind.
I know it may sound ridiculous, but try to look at it this way:
Buying a coffee maker is a one-time investment; yes, it's a lot of money to spend all at once, but with a reliable unit, you're set for years to come. And the expenses of running your coffee maker will be rather minimal.
Compare this to how much you spend in coffee shops on a monthly basis (especially if you're a regular customer), and you'll soon realize that a coffee maker pretty much pays for itself.
Here's a fun experiment you could try after you purchase a coffee maker:
Each day, set aside the exact amount you would usually spend on buying coffee and see how fast you'll get to your coffee maker's value.
Don't give me the „There's no way I could make espresso at home" argument, either.
If that's the main reason behind your frequent trips to the coffee shop (I know you know how expensive a cup of espresso is), I think it's time to look up espresso machines.
The way I see it, there's no need for you to spend that much in cafes and coffee shops when you can quickly make your own at home at just a fraction of the price – a coffee maker is all you need.
You Get To Make Your Coffee However You Want It...
As a regular coffee drinker that doesn't own a coffee maker, it's safe to assume you either spend a lot of time standing in line in the coffee shop or drink a lot of instant coffee.
And if the latter is the case, I need to ask you:
Are you tired of continually drinking coffee that has that certain something missing flavor-wise?
Then it's time to say goodbye to instant coffee and get a coffee maker. Why settle for poor-quality coffee (such as instant) when you can make it exactly the way you want it – at home?
Plenty of coffee makers will allow you to set your preferred brewing strength, and those of you that like their coffee frothy will appreciate the fact that there are models that come with a built-in frother, as well.
Even fans of iced coffee will benefit from having a coffee maker at home; gone are the days when this refreshing beverage was something you could enjoy only in a cafe – now it's something you can quickly make on your own.
...And Whenever You Want It
Are you one of those people that stumble around the house half-awake before they get their hands on a cup of coffee?
If you are, then there's another way you could benefit from owning a coffee maker.
Instead of having to handle boiling water half-awake – which could quickly turn into a dangerous situation – just pour water in the coffee machine, add coffee, and start the brewing process with nothing more than a push of a button.
Alternatively, there'll be no need for you to run to the nearest coffee shop first thing in the morning; you can have your cup of coffee exactly when you need it – before you get on with your day.
There Are Numerous Health Benefits Of Drinking Home-Made Coffee
You might have thought your budget is the only thing that could benefit from having a coffee maker, but as it turns out, your health will, too.
We get so used to people telling us coffee is bad for our health, that we completely forget about the benefits – and there are plenty, especially when the one you're drinking is brewed right there in your kitchen.
Coffee is more than just a quick energy boost. Studies have shown that regular coffee consumption might help you lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, liver diseases, as well as diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Oh, and it helps with keeping your heart healthy, too.
When you brew your coffee, instead of going for a cup of instant coffee, you get more of the healthy oils naturally found in coffee beans – these antioxidant-filled oils are the ones responsible for the coffee's many health benefits.
Of course, there's a limit – after you cross it, coffee consumption becomes more harmful than helpful, so remember to drink it in moderation.
Making Coffee For A Group Of People Is Quicker
Maybe you've managed without a coffee maker on your own, but have you ever tried making coffee for a larger group of friends or family without using one?
If you have, then there's probably no need for me to explain how beneficial it is to have a coffee maker in your kitchen.
And if you haven't, let's put it like this:
Measuring out the exact amount of water you'll need and waiting for it boil on the stove takes forever. On top of that, you have to measure out the amount of coffee required for each cup, as well.
Sounds like a drag, right? That's especially true when you want to spend time with your guests, and not in the kitchen.
When it comes to entertaining guests, a coffee maker is, without a doubt, the way to go.
And if you plan on making such gatherings at your place a regular thing – or you just share your household with several coffee drinkers – I think it's time to invest in a coffee maker.
There's no point in struggling with alternative ways to make coffee when there's a relatively affordable appliance capable of doing all the work for you – all that's left for you to do is to enjoy the freshly brewed pot of coffee with your guests.
As you can see, there's more than one good reason to invest in a coffee maker, so, what are you waiting for?
Get yourself a coffee maker and start enjoying the wonders of home-made, freshly brewed coffee. As far as coffee goes, it will be the best decision you've made in a long time.