I have this issue…
I love coffee and I lust after Starbucks.
This can be an expensive habit.
I’m totally in rehab, though, really, you gotta believe me, I’m getting bett-
No, I’m not.
But, I have found a couple of ways to cut the expense when I start jones-ing for a mocha-java-chino-frap-thing.
Rule number one: Don’t waste coffee. If there is ever any left over (ha!) I make coffee cubes. This way, when they melt, I don’t get annoying stuff in my coffee. Like extra water.
Rule number two: be a copy cat. This iced stuff is nice, but you can do this if you have a bean grinder of your own. Set the grinder to “espresso” setting, add a tablespoon of sugar with the recommended level of coffee and whir away. The espresso grind is super-fine and will blend easily with water, while the sugar gets a healthy chopping, too. 2 Tablespoons of this mixture with a large glass of tepid water should mix nicely for you.
Rule number three: continue to copy cat. Haunt your grocery store’s baking isle for the flavored extracts. Mint, coconut(!), almond, orange, you name it. Half a teaspoon of your favorite flavor will make your coffee sit up and call you “barista”. This also allows you to control how much/what kind of sweetener you add.
Rule number four: if at all possible, buy holy coffee. The Mystic Monks make the most rock-awesomest coffee. They buy fair-trade and all their proceeds go for, you know, monk stuff.
Rule number five: make the coffee at home before you leave the house and take it with you. TJMaxx has this type of cup for 5 quid. You can hang with any cup-snob-crowd. You go on with your bad self.