For Love of the Bean! A Guide to DIY Coffee Bliss

Whether strong and black or light and sweet, a basic drip or frothy concoction, coffee is a morning wake-up staple for the perpetually exhausted masses. Here are a few suggestions to help you craft café-worthy java right in your kitchen.

The first step to DIY caffeinated nirvana is finding the perfect brewer. There are as many options as there are coffee drinkers, so know your heart before you make your choice. Do you love the entire coffee making process or just the result?


If you like to work for your reward, you’ll love the Black + Decker Mill & Brew 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker. This sleek, classy little number combines an integrated whole bean grinder and brew basket, brew strength selector and auto programming via a simple, brightly lit control panel (a must for those of us who regularly wake up long before our eyes can actually focus). The result: epic joe, right when you need it most, with minimal mess. Treat your senses at Target.

If you prefer to have your java jones fixed with the wave of a magic wand … you’ll have to have a word with your fairy godmother. The next quickest option: the Keurig® 2.0 K550 Brewing System. Featuring an extra-large 80 oz water reservoir, special settings for everything from coffee strength to cocoa, 2.8” color touch display and auto brew, this newest addition to the Keurig family uses amazing new Brewing Technology to read the lids of K-Cups (and K-Carafe packs … yep, it’s got a 4-cup carafe) and ensure perfection every time! Score yours at

Now that you’ve got something to brew it with, it’s time to coffee shop!

If you’re a grinder, check out the wide selection of Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, organic and sustainable roasts at Brooklyn Roasting Company. They’re picky about the beans they purchase and prepare the winners in small batches at their Brooklyn roastery (25 Jay Street). If you’re in NYC, stop by and breathe it all in! If not, everything from single cans to monthly subscriptions can be purchased at

For the magic wand person, there’s a seemingly endless selection of K-Cup offerings. Celebrity baker Buddy Valastro has developed a yummy Cake Boss line of single serve coffees with flavors ranging from classic medium roast (Buddy’s Blend) to Chocolate Cannoli. Whatever your taste buds crave, Buddy’s got you covered! Indulge in simple, sinful caffeination at

Finally, why not add a plop of ooh la la to your French roast? With flavors like Red Velvet Cupcake, Sweet Italian Biscotti and Mudslide, Bailey’s Coffee Creamers are all you need to transform your wake-up juice into lusciously drinkable dessert. Choose your favorites at your local supermarket, then sip your way to happiness (or at least tasty consciousness)!

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