There were so many awesome questions from our Giveaway last week that proved you just can't tell when we will decide to give something away. (If you haven't entered, there is still time - GO NOW - it ends the 21st.) It was hard to choose which question should go first so we picked out of a hat and came up with this one that comes to us from April:
The best way to answer this question is with the REAL question here:
What is your coffee budget?
You don't have one? Seriously?
Ok, I get it. Coffee's not a "need"...
That's crap! Coffee is a need! A requirement. A gosh darn necessity.
And you don't think so, why are you here besides the fact that the JavaJoeMamas are so freaking AWESOME. Boom.
So. A budget. Maybe it's 10$ a month. Maybe it's 10$ a week but you need to create one. Not only will it answer this question better for you individually, it'll keep you in check to not overspend.
Average lb of coffee to brew at home: 10$ to 15$. And this doesn't include sales or specials. By the way, ground coffee you buy in a bag loses it's flavor slowly once it's ground. So that DD you got on sale at Target for $5.99, it's really a days worth of joe. And if it's flavored, that's what you paid for. Stale coffee covered in flavor. Not worth it.
Listen, the fresher the cup the better. G.A.Y.G. (Grind As You Go) should be tattooed somewhere on your body...or taped to the fridge. Buy whole bean. Invest in a decent grinder (AND keep it clean! Oils ruin a grinder!!) and brew fresh daily. A grind the night before is "ok" but even the Bux standard is to brew every 8 min before noon. Every. 8. Minutes. The fresher the better.
So your budget to brew at home maybe 15$ a week. That includes coffee, sugar, creamer or anything else you add. You need to factor in your average. An open bag of coffee whole bean lasts a week. Don't chill it or freeze it!! No no no!! Keep it in the bag in a non clear container; safe from moisture, light and air.
Now going to a shop is expensive. Even for a cup of regular brew. Expensive for your wallet, your watch and your waistline. But if it's your fix, do it smart.
Buy a gift card. Only use THAT card. Put a fixed amount on it a week and don't go over.
Starbucks has a Rewards program that allows you to register the card and earn free drinks. In addition, your syrups are free, soy is free and refills of brewed, iced coffee and/or brewed, iced teas are free. Plus you get postcards for free drinks every 15 transactions for ANY drink you want.
Other coffee shops have promotions like this too. Ask the barista for info and you could see the amount you spend out is comparable to the amount you spend at home.
The thing is if you love coffee, home or from a shop, you'll spend the $$ to get it the way you like. But don't compromise. Taste your drink before you leave to make sure you like it. You just paid 2.15 to 5.55 for your coffee, make sure you love it. And grocery store coffee? Never pre-ground. Ever. It's a waste of money and you won't be happy. I certainly won't be happy. And you might find me knocking on your door ready to smack you with a Torani bottle.
Just remember your budget and it'll all make sense.
Respect the cup.
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Don't forget to tune in next week where we may talk about punishing husbands for lack of beans - you won't want to miss the snark that is bound to ensue. Thanks for joining us!
Java Joe Mamas