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Well, at least there’s one good thing to come out of the pandemic: we’re making better coffee!

A new poll of 2,000 java-loving Americans commissioned by  Mr. Coffee found being confined to the house, unable to indulge in our daily Starbucks fix, has inspired 49% us to kick our own coffee-brewing game up a notch or two.  Of those, 76% say they’ve devoted two hours or more of effort learning how to brew a better cup of joe.

25% of respondents said they’ve become an expert at using an espresso machine, 20% are using traditional drop coffee machines, and 10% are trying their hand at mastering cold-brew coffee.

It seems making iced coffee has proved the most challenging for many baristas,  35%  said iced coffee-making is more difficult than traditional hot brewed.

The quest for a better cup of home-brewed coffee has driven coffee-making purchases.  The survey finds 38% saying they didn’t have the right equipment at home to do their coffee right, prior to the pandemic lockdown.

So after the pandemic’s over,  66% of respondents said they’re likely to keep on brewing their own coffee once we get the COVID-19 all-clear.