For me it's a rare indulgence to stop at a coffee shop, though I love the Latte's, Cappuccino's and specialty coffee drinks. I love white chocolate caramel Macchiato, I love Eggnog Latte, but they are not something I have often, but I do know others that frequent the coffee shops and in fact I have a sister in law that I've coined as *Latte A Day*. She literally has a Latte daily during the work week. Others I know may be at least once a week, so obviously making your own would save a bunch of hard earned money in the course of a month, and count it up over a year's time. Zowie!! If we only average once a week at $5.00 per drink, that is $20.00 per month, Now times that by 12 months, I think you get the picture and maybe even a rude awakening. $2500.00 dollars per year, could cover a whole bunch of other things that are being sacrificed for that indulgence. I think because a lot of people use a debit or credit card to pay for their purchase rather than in cash, that the expense is overlooked. Cash has a way of making you very conscious of the amount of money you're spending, whether daily, weekly, monthly or annually. And you don't need any special equipment to make your own, so it's all pure savings, whether you use instant espresso, or your own homemade cold brew or both.
INSTANT ESPRESSO is an easy way to make your favorite coffee drinks at home and it's cost effective. I paid $6.98 for a 12 oz. package of 100% Arabica Coffee, medium blend (Balanced, smooth and Rich). Package directions say to use 2 T. to 6 oz. of cold water. Now, I don't have a clue how to calculate how many cups of your favorite coffee drink the package might make, but I think just off the top of my head, that compared to $5.00 per drink at your favorite coffee shop, the package just paid for itself with ONE cup. And saved you $5.00+ on every single cup after that. The instant espresso powder comes in Blonde, Medium and Dark, so you even have a choice how strong or weak your espresso or coffee beverage is. The same choices you would have in your coffee shop. Let's say you buy a package of the instant espresso every month. You drink at least one homemade coffee drink daily; so now compare that to a daily indulgence at the coffee shop. $6.98 versus $150. monthly. What are your plans for all that money you saved? I think the figures pretty much speak for themselves and you sacrifice nothing, it's all gain with change to spare.
Now you may know all of this, but I'm just discovering it, and happy to share this discovery with others that may be as clueless as I was until this day. The other great thing is you can make your own instant cold brew, rather than waiting 12 or more hours for cold brew to steep. Either way, when you're in a hurry, or out of your homemade cold brew, you have the option of using the instant powder. With the instant powder, you can also make your own coffee ice cubes and not have to wait for your home steeped version, so those coffee cubes will be ready when your steeped brew is ready. And, if unexpected guests stop by and you didn't get your home cold brew made or there's not enough to go around, you can still whip up those coffee drinks in a flash using the instant powdered espresso. It's a winning combination. For those of you trying to become more self reliant and cut costs at the same time, this is just another way, without sacrifice to do just that. Not many things come without some sacrifice. I suppose not meeting your favorite person at the local coffee shop might be a sacrifice, but it's not a financial one. Instead, meet at the local park with your fresh homemade version and brown bag lunch, to share and relax. I doubt you will miss the coffee shop scene in comparison to the more relaxed atmosphere of a local park.
For instructions on making your own steeped cold brew, refer to the link below.
Refer to the link to make your own Cold Brew:
To use the Espresso powder, try making my instant Frappe Mix.
Refer to the link to make your own Instant Frappe Mix:
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