The first thing I do each morning is to put the kettle on for a coffee. No day starts without coffee here at Frugal Follies. I don't drink tea at all so coffee is my go-to drink and each day I drink four or five mugs. I have my favourite blends and they don't include any instants!
The problem with coffee is two fold. Firstly it can be messy and secondly it can be expensive. When I use a cafetiere/French press coffee grounds seem to get everywhere when I wash it. I know that a machine would cause less mess but machines are expensive and those disposable pods are not exactly environmentally friendly. I don't want another large gadget on my kitchen worktop either.
So I use a reusable filter. This handy gadget is stored in a coffee mug in the cupboard and then I use a scoop of coffee in the filter in the mug. It needs less coffee than a cafetiere and also less water. It has handles to allow it to rest on the edge of the mug. The grounds are kept in the filter to be tipped into the kitchen bin but nothing else gets thrown away.
I still like to use cafetieres when I am entertaining. They are more elegant and because I use them more rarely I enjoy the sense of occasion. Will I replace my filter when it finally wears out? You bet I will!