A popular addition to dorm move-in lists in the last decade is the pour-over single-cup coffee maker. The device uses less waste (no pods) and has the ability to craft personalized brews. Much like the cocktail experience, coffee drinks made with pour-overs can be customized according to the consumer. If you want to add cinnamon, ice, vanilla or stronger coffee, it is easy to do so in a single-use. According to www.nationalcoffee.blog, the number of college students choosing coffee as a favorite “pick-me-up” between classes, early morning or late night is growing. And, for the millennial crew (born 1982-2000) the single-use coffee maker appeases their ecologically conscious interests.

Our favorite coffee pour-over is from Melitta, a national company whose products are for purchase online and at Walmart and Target. The website offers several fun-colored choices as well as the latest 1-Cup Pour-Over Coffee Brew Travel Mug set, perfect for walking across campus. The travel mug has a secure screw top that prevents leaks or spills while keeping the beverage hot or cold. The cone’s “window design” enables coffee makers to see into the mug and get the optimum fill level without having to lift the cone. Whether your college student enjoys an iced “get up and go” beverage in the summer or a hot one come fall, the travel mug set is a practical and useful gift for the academic send-off.

Melitta is currently offering a Back-to-School promo code of 25% off dorm essentials on their website.


The Collegiate Coffee Milkshake


  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp to 1 tbsp instant coffee or espresso powder (optional)
  • 5 cups vanilla ice cream (softened)
  • ½ to ¾ cup milk or cold coffee

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Recipe provided by Melitta

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