Thursday, August 8, 2013

College Essentials: Coffee

With most colleges starting back in the next two weeks, I figured now was the perfect time for a college blog series. 

Seeing as I'm going to be a senior this year, I feel like maybe, just maybe, I've finally got this whole college thing figured out a little bit.

So I figured I should pass on some of the knowledge I've picked up the last 3 years. I tried to base this entire series on what you need at almost any University, but obviously it's semi-tailored to UGA. Given that it's the only place I know.

First thing every single college student needs is a coffee maker. Of some sort.

If you don't like coffee, learn to like it. I promise, you will not survive college without caffeine. 

When I got to college, I was semi-particular about my coffee. I never really liked it when it was just coffee and creamer made at home. Learn to love it. You will save yourself tons of money and when you are experiencing a late-night study session and can't make a Starbucks run, you've got to have back-up.

It's also a great way to make friends if you live on a hallway like I did. I would make a pot of coffee at 10 PM and I had extras. Best way to get rid of them, roam the hall and see who is up and needs a pick-me-up. Worked every time. People love you when you provide them with coffee.

The best coffee maker for small spaces is definitely a Keurig, although it's not a good way to make friends. My freshman year I had a small baby pot that made about 2-3 cups worth of coffee. And sometimes I'd drink it all myself. The struggle.

Here are my favorite choices for a college coffee maker:

Can you say precious?

This one is very similar to the one I had freshman year. It's great as 2-year investment of sorts. I got a Keurig (like the one above) going into my junior year and I absolutely couldn't live without it.

I promise this is one thing you won't regret investing in. If the budget is tight, stick with the Mr. Coffee one. Save up and get yourself a Keurig later. 

xoxo, jgp 

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