Consumer Reports: Save money by brewing your own coffee

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You don't need to be an econ major to see that it's smarter to invest in a coffee maker. (WLS)

Paying three bucks for a cup of coffee several times a day can blow a college student's budget pretty quickly. Over two semesters, your java habit will run you about $1,260, and that's without any espresso drinks, which cost even more.

You don't need to be an econ major to see that it's smarter to invest in a coffee maker. Consumer Reports' latest ratings on coffeemakers and coffee beans can help.

Coffee and college often go hand in hand. Consumer Reports says a good coffee maker can make all the difference, plus save your student some money.

"College kids now actually care about having a good cup of coffee, so one of the tests we do is measure how well coffee maker keeps water between 195 and 205... ideally it does it for five to six minutes," said Consumer Reports home Editor Paul Hope.

A single serve pod maker keeps it simple and easy. Consumer Reports recommends a Delonghi for $130.

"Pods are really convenient, but the flavor doesn't compare to other coffee makers. Plus, they get expensive and they're less environmentally friendly," Hope said.

A drip coffee maker can keep costs down. This Hamilton Beach Coffeemaker is a Consumer Reports Best Buy for just $25.

Got a budding barista? The $100 iCoffee is an electric version of a French press. It's very easy to use and clean.

If you've got a coffee connoisseur on your hands the Chemex pour-over brewer is an option. Its filters are made of heavy paper designed to regulate water flow and keep coffee grounds and other undesirable flavors out.

"Our expert coffee tasters gave coffee brewed in the Chemex high marks for complexity, acidity and overall quality," Hope said.

Consumer Reports also tested Ethiopian coffee beans. For pod machines Green Mountain's Organic Ethiopian Coffee earned high scores. For drip and other coffeemaker machines Trader Joe's Organic Fair Trade Ethiopian coffee is a Best Buy.

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