If you’re anything like me, then one of the biggest challenges in your budget comes down to one little problem: the bone-deep need for a good cup of coffee.
As someone who’s been addicted to the bean since before high school, and is now old enough to make that statement feel embarrassing, I know what it’s like to have a coffee budgetbut also to break that budget many times over for the sake of a barista-made pick-me-up whenever the mood strikes.
But here’s the thing. While a fancy cuppa would have only cost you three or four dollars a few years ago, it’s likely now closer to five-plus bucks per cup. Just last month, it was reported that Starbucks increased the prices of all their menu items from anywhere between $0.30 and $0.70 per item, which comes out to a roughly 10 to 20% increase since last year.
Add to that the upcharges for flavor shots, milk alternatives and all the other jazz, and you’ve got yourself an $8 coffee, at least that’s how much I paid last week in a local café that my friends and I fondly (but also bitterly ) call the “ten-dollar latte place.” (With tip it comes pretty darn close).
So how can you stop blowing your hard-earned dollars on coffee drinks? By learning how to make them even better at home, for a fraction of the cost. Here’s my guide to making “ten-dollar lattes” at home, for a third of that price. Yes, a third.
How Much Can I Save Making Coffee at Home?
The answer is, quite a bit. In fact, if you skipped buying expensive lattes 47 times you’d have enough to buy a $330 plane ticket. Now because I’m a nerd, and also because I’m actively fighting the good fight against the ten-dollar latte, I did a bit of math to reach this conclusion.
And here’s what I found. Using this recipe for a Brown Sugar Oat Milk Lattewhich has some pretty expensive ingredients including cinnamon and vanilla extract, my homemade lattes — with oat milk and good espresso beans — still only cost me…