In Generation Earn, Kimberly Palmer explores sustainable strategies and frugal tips for young professionals. In this excerpt, she suggests three simple changes for keeping the morning's coffee pot drinkable all day, rather than throwing time and money into frequent java breaks.
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Ed. note: This technique isn't necessarily for coffee connoisseurs who like their drink dark, strong and right out of the French press. It is, however, a helpful tactic for anyone who's got an all-day session ahead of them, or those who get to their second cup just when it stops being tasty.
Coffee left on a burner quickly turns sour. That's why Ina Garten, a.k.a. the Barefoot Contessa, recommends removing drip coffee from its pot almost immediately after brewing it. Pour it into an insulated thermos, where it can stay fresh all day long.
This method works best with coffee that's mild and sweet, which is why Garten suggests using Arabica beans. To keep the coffee from being too strong or bitter, use one rounded tablespoon of grounds for every two cups of water. That's about half as much coffee as most people use, but it's also a more sustainable drink throughout the day.
The coffee in the thermos is good for baking as well as drinking. Garten says brewed coffee enhances the flavour of many chocolate baked goods, such as cake.
Young professionals today are part of a generation with greater earning power and more advanced degrees — along with a fresh, holistic outlook on financial success. In Generation Earn, Kimberly Palmer, the Alpha Consumer columnist for US News & World Report, answers questions about making smart, sustainable life choices, including: What should I be doing with my savings? Should I take on freelance jobs? Does it make sense to share a mortgage with my significant other? How can I support the causes I believe in?