Many people, including myself, love coffee. In fact, I can’t remember a day without a cup of coffee, for it wakes and energizes me every morning. Many people also made it their daily routine to stop every morning at their favorite coffee shop just to take a sip of their favorite beverage.
Unwarily, their daily cumulative expenses on coffee inadvertently put a dent in their budget. If a cup of coffee, for example, costs $2.50, you would be spending $17.50 weekly which translates to $912.50 annually. This amount is further padded if you consume more than one cup of coffee a day. Hence, it is not superfluous to say that this habit is expensive, and you would be better off spending that same amount of money in touring some awesome places around the world.
There are ways, however, to minimize your expenditures on coffee without necessarily sacrificing your coffee habit, and here are some succinct tips on how to do it:
- Invest in a good coffee brewer
You can either invest in an automatic drip coffee maker or a less sophisticated brewer like the French press or a pour over coffee brewer set. A pour over coffee brewer — also known as manual drip coffee maker — consists of either chemex or kalita drippers and filters.
In addition to the brewer, you would also need to acquire the following: a coffee grinder for grinding your coffee beans into the desired texture; a scale to measure the weight of the coffee beans; and a gooseneck kettle for heating water. Both the scale and coffee grinder are necessary tools if you want to brew your own coffee. Hence, you should do a bit of research on which brewer is of quality.
The initial expenses for all these necessary gadgets may cost you more, yet in the long run, you can offset these initial expenses by subsequent savings.
- Buy whole coffee beans rather than ground coffee
Whole coffee beans are definitely cheaper than ground coffee. Moreover, you can grind the beans on your own. However, without a coffee grinder, you can for a moment initially buy ground coffee.
- Roast your own coffee beans
Coffee beans start as coffee “berry” seeds. These seeds are roasted to a brown color that may vary in shade from light to dark depending on the roasting time, resulting in distinct tastes. Dark brown-colored coffee beans indicate stronger and bitter-tasting coffee.
- Try to be creative with your coffee
The best coffee drinkers regularly go to a coffee parlor just to experience different tasting coffees. But on your own, you can try to create a different blend or flavor to suit your taste — you can create your own creamer likewise.
- Do not throw away your leftover coffee
Refrigerate your leftovers — you can still drink a cold coffee or make coffee ice cubes out of them.
- Simplify your coffee order
If you are going to a coffee shop, try to make a simpler and cheaper order than before. Or perhaps you can bring your own mug! Most coffee shops offer discounts whenever you bring your own mug. If you bring your own mug, you simply don’t just save money, but also help the environment.
The abovementioned simple ways can definitely help you cut down on your coffee expenses. Lastly, on your own, you can readily explore, be creative, and indulge in the designing of your own latte when brewing your own coffee.