Oh man, have you seen the prices of coffee shop coffee lately?
At nearly $3 a pop, coffee shop coffee from your favorite joint is eating up your cash flow like it’s nobodies business.
Whether you’re stopping in at Starbucks, Tim Hortons (hello Canadian friends!) or any other specialty shop to fulfill your daily caffeine needs I can assure you that there is a cheaper and far more delicious way!
Coffee is a big part of my life. I drink 2-3 coffees per day minimum.
I’m a coffee snob and despite living a frugal lifestyle and scaling back in basically every other area of our life my only non negotiable is guaranteeing myself the absolute best cup of coffee every single morning.
I love strong, full-bodied coffee and I’ve managed to devise a way to make the best cup of coffee at a fraction of the cost of coffee shop cups.
Way back when I was a student and eventually working professional I was guilty of buying at least 1 gourmet coffee per day. If we’re being totally honest here, it was probably more like two or even three!
So, it’s probably not surprising that the first thing we cut out of our lifestyle when we jumped head first into frugal living was these expensive and overpriced fancy coffees that I’d been enjoying for years!
How Brewing the Best Cup of Coffee can Save You Thousands
How to Brew The Best Cup of Coffee
You need an amazing coffee pot
The Bialetti Stove Top Espresso Maker is the bomb. Period. Buy one right now and change your life forever. Seriously, it’s that good!
We’ve had ours for years and we absolutely love it. It’s just a question of filling the lower chamber with cold water, filling the funnel with ground espresso (about 3 tablespoons), screwing on the upper part and letting your stove do the rest of the work.
It takes all of 10 minutes to brew the absolute best cup of coffee ever folks.
My loyalty to Bialetti runs deep guys. I grew up in a traditional Italian family and have fond memories of my grandma whipping out her coffee maker and making the most delicious and aromatic coffee with hers.
These things are also built to last and once you’ve made the initial investment you’re good for years to come. Trust me, I inherited hers that was purchased sometime in the 80s and that thing still makes the best cup of coffee ever. These things are like cast iron pans – indestructible!
You need good quality ground espresso beans
These stove-top espresso makers only work with ground espresso beans. We’re huge fans of Lavazza Rosa, Illy Caffe and Moreno. We’re super fortunate that some specialty grocers in our neighborhood sell these brands so we load up our freezer when they go on sale.
If you want to save even more money invest in a coffee grinder and buy good quality beans that you can grind yourself!
How Much You Save by Brewing The Best Cup of Coffee
Now the fun part.
Let’s talk dollars and cents because you know how much I love talking about money.
Let’s say you’re spending an average of 3$ per day on coffee. It would obviously be more if you’re shilling on those fancy schmancy coffees with whipped cream and extra flavor and such. But, for simplicity we’ll go with 3 bucks.
3$ per day means you’re spending 15$ per week if you’re only buying during the work week.
15$ per week means $780 of your hard earned money spent on coffee shop coffee every year.
If you work 35 years in your lifetime you’re looking at $27 300 over the span of your career.
If you husband or partner does the same then that inflates to an astronomical $54 600.
Guys, that’s a solid down payment on a house right there!
Final Thoughts on Saving by Brewing The Best Cup of Coffee
- Invest in a good quality coffee maker like the Bialetti Stove Top Espresso Maker to start brewing your own coffee at home.
- Save a ton of cash by buying excellent ground coffee beans and make delicious, full bodied coffee at a fraction of the cost of store bought cups.
- Do invest in a good quality travel mug to carry you’re delicious coffee around and keep it hot while you’re out!
- Treat yourself to good quality coffee flavors if that’s your thing and still benefit from astronomical savings by reducing the frequency or even eliminating coffee shop coffee from your lifestyle.