A Latte A Day Keeps the Grumpies Away: Satisfy Your Latte-Loving Lifestyle for Less Than $1/day

I cannot start my day without coffee. I dream about the coffee I am going to drink the next morning as I fall asleep at night. While I’m okay with drip coffee (with cream, of course), my preference is for a latte or a cappuccino. It all started with my very first job when I was sixteen. I worked at a little café that served specialty coffee and very quickly became addicted to espresso and milk. (I guess it’s a good thing my first job wasn’t at a drug store?) I’ve wanted an espresso maker ever since I moved out on my own. For a while, my husband and I had one in our tiny apartment. My father-in-law had received a fancy machine for his birthday and didn’t have the heart to return it, so he let us have it. It was a behemoth. We had no counter space and no cupboard space, so it was stored in our bedroom. I only dragged it out for special occasions, and it was a PAIN to clean. I decided my dreams of having a daily dose of milk and espresso would have to be put on hold until we moved into a home with a more spacious kitchen. Alas, move into a larger home we did, but now part of the counter is my home office. My latte cravings were getting expensive. You can’t get a latte for less than $5, and without a fancy, space-hogging machine at home, I thought I would just have to make do with my French press. But then, last Christmas, my sister-in-law (check her out at Breaking Bland Eats) gave me the proverbial fishing pole of coffee independence. She gave me an electric milk frother and warmer. Pour in the milk and press the button to get straight, warmed milk, or use the frother attachment to get enough foam for the perfect cappu. You can get one at Amazon for less than $50!

A Latte A Day Keeps the Grumpies Away - Here's how to satisfy your latte-loving lifestyl for less than a buck a day

At Ikea I bought a stovetop espresso maker for $16.99, and without sacrificing prime counter-space, I have been making one . . .  make that two lattes every day for a whole year! And yeah, they ARE just as good as the ones I used to buy at Starbucks! (You can find stove-top espresso makers on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com too, but they’re pricier than Ikea.)



Stovestop Espresso Maker A Latte A Day Keeps the Grumpies Away - Here's how to satisfy your latte-loving lifestyl for less than a buck a day

Using a stovetop espresso maker is super easy. Fill the base with water, put finely ground coffee into the basket, screw on the body and put it on the stove. As the water boils, it rises up and pushes through the coffee to form a delicious espresso that’s ready in about ten minutes.

Stovestop Espresso Maker A Latte A Day Keeps the Grumpies Away - Here's how to satisfy your latte-loving lifestyl for less than a buck a day

I drink a lot of coffee (obviously), so I buy my beans at Costco and stock up when they’re on sale. If you plan on using fresh beans, you’ll also need a grinder, which will run you about $30.

 A Latte A Day Keeps the Grumpies Away - Here's how to satisfy your latte-loving lifestyl for less than a buck a day

I also use my milk frother to heat up milk and Chai-tea concentrate for yummy chai tea lattes when I need a break from lattes.

The foam is way frothier and thicker with my little machine than it ever was using the frother spout on my jumbo espresso machine. I typically have lattes because there’s more to drink so they last longer. But if I feel like some foam, I can make a wicked cappuccino!

 A Latte A Day Keeps the Grumpies Away - Here's how to satisfy your latte-loving lifestyl for less than a buck a day

Cost Breakdown

One-time equipment cost: $60-$100

Cost per latte: 1 cup of milk (30 cents) + 25 g of coffee (50 cents) = 80 cents*

*Based on a 4 L jug of milk at $4.50 and a 900 g bag of coffee beans at $17 (both purchased at Costco)

Both my espresso maker and frother make the same amount of beverage as a Grande Starbucks. (And it looks the same, too, when I use my Starbucks reusable cup!) With my home-brew set up—which is convenient to use and takes up almost no counter space—I can drink a latte every day of the year for less than the price of two lattes a week at Starbucks!

 A Latte A Day Keeps the Grumpies Away - Here's how to satisfy your latte-loving lifestyl for less than a buck a day

How do you make your specialty coffees at home?





7 responses to “A Latte A Day Keeps the Grumpies Away: Satisfy Your Latte-Loving Lifestyle for Less Than $1/day”

  1. andee fischer

    I just love a straight shot of really good coffee. Nespresso does it for us. We like our Nespresso maker for espresso, lattes, or other. It costs a bit (about 70 cents to $1, a cup), but it beats the regular cup of joe when you need something fancier.

  2. marie s

    I’ve been thinking of making my own. I tried using my Keurig but with my pot of milk it wasn’t that great. maybe it needed something. work in progress. I might save my amazon money and invest in one. our starbucks is ridiculously slow and they only use the one machine

  3. Lisa

    Do you just use regular coffee beans? Or are espresso ones different?

    1. Lindsay

      I do typically buy regular beans, not labelled espresso. There’s actually no difference: espresso beans are often darker roast, or if it’s pre-ground, just means it’s a fine grind. If you’re buying beans, it doesn’t matter, but you’ll want an espresso grind if you’re buying pre-ground. I usually get whatever’s on sale at Costco!!

  4. I love this! Coffee and I are soul mates butwoth a nursing baby who struggles with sleep it’s out of my life righ now. I may however invest in a milk warmer/ frother for my tea!!

  5. This is awesome. The information which you shared here is very nice and I liked and agree with you.

  6. Kaley H

    My husband bought me a mini espresso machine for Christmas two years ago and I am in loooove with it! Lattes for everyone! It’s about the same width and depth as a toaster and a littler taller so it’s perfect to leave on my counter (forever). It’s paid for itself by now with all the coffe that I drink. I am pretty sure that coffee is what runs in my veins lol

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My name is Lindsay and I am a 40-year-old mama of four trying to live an eco-friendly, budget-friendly life! I am a substitute teacher and Child Passenger Safety technician in Calgary, Alberta. Join me on my adventures!

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