Thursday, June 3, 2004
More Bang for Your Buck: Homemade Coffee
It seems like they're on every street corner in south florida. One cafe after another keeps popping up. But if you're tired of over-paying for your favorite cup of coffee, you're not alone. In tonight's more bang for your buck, we're going to show you how sip your way to savings.
(WSVN) -- When it comes to a getting a caffeine kick, forget about a little cup of joe... These days coffee lovers want something special.
But once you filter through the fancy name, the ingredients are simple and the cost can be affordable... Yes, we said afforable.
First, let's start with the basics. A caffe latte may sound kind of fancy, but it's really just coffee. All it takes is 2 shots of espresso. Get a little steamed milk and there you have it.
Now for the damage...
Here, a pound of coffee and milk will set you back about $12 dollars.
But you'll be able to make close to 15 homemade lattes compared to about three for the same price at the store.
If you love chocolate and who doesn't. Start by coating the bottom of your mug with chocolate syrup. Add two shots of espresso, some steamed milk. Stir it up and voila there you have..caffe mocha.
Add up the cost, and talk about a perk. You're looking at ninety cents a cup at home compared to another four dollars a cup at the cafe.
Now, if that isn't good enough... And you still want to brew up some more savings...
Try mixing your favorite flavored grinds with regular grinds. Most people can't even detect the subtle difference.
Also make sure you store your coffee in a warm airtight container so it lasts longer.
Do not store it in the fridge or freezer.
And don't buy your grinds directly from the cafe - it's usually more expensive... But if you make it right, the taste is just as enriching.
Alright, the true test is the taste buds of a non coffee drinker. Ummm not bad. The chocolate's the best part. Happy coffee making.
We made all of these drinks using an espresso machine. You can find a good machine for about $50 dollars.
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