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I balance lazy, affordable and tasty when I make coffee.

I use inexpensive gear that can be picked up at any grocery store or Walmart — a grinder, a press and a kettle.

I usually try to do better than grocery store beans, but I’ll happily make do as even with this compromise, the coffee is miles ahead of using pre-ground “sweepings” (although even that is light years ahead of filter drip).

I grind just before I add the hot water and stir gently with a wooden skewer. After 4 minutes of waiting, I press, pour and enjoy.

It doesn’t have to be complicated or costly to have good brew.