Frugal Coffee Guide

Frugal Coffee Guide

Are you a coffee lover? Many of us appreciate a great cup of coffee first thing in the morning.

When you’re on a budget but want that strong morning kick, a daily cup of coffee can get pretty expensive. But there are ways to make your coffee habit more cost-effective!

It’s no secret that the cost of a latte is getting more expensive by the year. If you can do it at home, why pay? Making your own coffee can save you hundreds of dollars a year, not to mention the stress of ordering and having to pick up your order.

Coffee Drinking Facts

The USA 400 million cups of coffee per day and the UK drinks a stagering 98 million cups of coffee per day, with 80% visiting a coffee shops do least once a week! Coffee cultures is part of life these days but how much is it costing you?

Frugal Coffee Savings

Lets compare prices of a Medium Latte at Starbucks as they are a Worldwide coffee chain.

UK Coffee Example: Venti £2.85
Once a week – £2.85 per week / £11.40 per month / £148.20 per year
Twice a week – £5.70 per week / £22.80 per month / £296.40 per year
Every Work Day – £14.25 per week / £57 per month / £684 per year

USA Coffee Example: Venti $4.15
Once a week – $4.15 per week / $16.60 per month / $199.20 per year
Twice a week – $8.30 per week / $33.20 per month / $398.40 per year
Every Work Day – $20.75 per week / $83 per month / $996 per year

AUS Coffee Example: Venti $5.80
Once a week – $5.80 per week / $23.20 per month / $278.40 per year
Twice a week – $11.60 per week / $46.40 per month / $556.80 per year
Every Work Day – $29 per week/ $116 per month / $1392 per year

The figures rack up really fast! This is why it can be an area to look at when you are trying to be frugal.

Make Your Own Coffee

Coffee doesn’t have to be a no go on a frugal lifestyle just find different ways.

Fortunately, there is a better way to enjoy your favourite brew at home without the need for a fancy machine.

A pot of coffee is a fraction of the price of a coffee shop and can save you a lot of money if you drink coffee regularly.

If you invest a small amount of money, you can make yourself a great frugal offee.

Frugal Coffee Options

There are many ways to get great coffee at home without spending a fortune. Frugal coffee ideas:

Cafeteria/French Press Coffee

It’s possible to make yourself great high-quality coffee with a small investment in a cafeteria. Cafeterias are the heart of  good coffee. Cafeterias are the heart of good coffee and offer a great way to keep drinking coffee while saving money.

You’ll need: A French press coffee maker, coffee beans and a grinder if you decide to grind your own coffee beans rather than buy pre ground from the shops.

Stovetop Espresso Coffee

Stovetop Espresso maker or sometimes known as a Moka Pot which makes lovely strong cup of coffee.

The negative you need to heat it on the stove


Aeropress very quick and easy great coffee in under a minute. A negative is the need for filter papers as an ongoing expense but you can now buy a reusable metal filter. It’s compact, light weight and portable so you can take it with you.

The courser the coffee grind the longer it will take to brew.

Approximately 14gm of coffee per cup

Filter Coffee

Filter coffee or pour-over coffee is a manual process, and gives you complete control over the coffee.

Travel Coffee 

Travel Coffee Cups which you can fill at home take great coffee with you wherever you are going. This saves you spending out on expensive coffee at a coffee shop. This is also a great way to help the planet by reducing waste from takeaway coffee cups.

Tip: Warm the travel coffee cup before adding your coffee to make sure it stays warm for longer. 

Frugal Coffee

As you can see there are a number of ways to have great frugal coffee without costing your a fortune.

The other option is purchasing a coffee machines which can be a large expense but if it is your one pleasure in life then maybe it would be a great long term investment.

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