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BYOB: Be Your Own Barista!

Okay, so I just looked up the definition of ‘barrista’ and it is someone who makes espresso based coffee drinks, but I’m using it today to mean someone who makes coffee. 

Do you like to go out for coffee?  Sometimes I go out for coffee with friends, but it’s more for the friend time than the coffee for me.  Don’t get me wrong, I love coffee, but I’m not about to pay over $5 for an extra-special cup of coffee, at least not on a regular basis.

If fancy coffee is a splurge of yours, that’s fine.  There’s no harm in treating ourselves occasionally.  The problem some of us have is making these treats occasional.  Let’s say you stop for coffee every day on your way to work.  At a conservative $2 a cup, 5X a week, 50 weeks a year, you would be spending a whopping $500 on daily coffee!!!! 

With a little experimentation and an initial investment for a quality coffeemaker and a good brand of Certified Fair Trade coffee, you could be making yourself a very satisfying cup of coffee at home each morning saving yourself both time and money.


Specialty coffees, flavored creamers, sugar free and regular flavored syrups make it possible to recreate many of the varieties of coffee available at coffee shops and convenience stores. 

We love our Bunn coffeemaker that brews a pot of coffee in three minutes. We like to add some sugar free liquid coffee creamer and some half and half for a rich cup of delicious coffee each morning.  We have decided that we will now be purchasing Fair Trade coffee, but even at that, our monthly coffee bill will be under $30.   At that price, I’ll happily serve as our barrista each morning!



18 thoughts on “BYOB: Be Your Own Barista!

  1. I have always been amazed by folks that freely spend $4 for a cup of Starbucks? That’s a lot of $$ a month!! I must admit, I am a bit of a coffee snob and purchase premium and fair trade coffees, but it still comes no where close to what I would pay to buy a cup of coffee out. A new favorite of ours is Lonely Monk Coffees out of Lancaster, PA. He has a facebook page if you want to check it out. Oh, and thumbs up on the switch to fair trade!

  2. I know where you could get some Certified Fair Trade, organic hand roasted coffee… heehee! 🙂

    1. I think I know where you mean, Bethany! 🙂

  3. I have only been to places like Starbucks when I have gift cards that were gifts and have to say I was very unimpressed by what you get for the price. For the rare occasions I do drink coffee, I’m very happy being my own barrista where I can add as much of whatever flavor I want. 🙂

    1. I have to admit that I have never in my life had a Starbucks coffee! I know some people love it, and I would probably like it, too, if I weren’t such a cheapskate.

  4. We invested in good travel mugs and usually bring out own when we go out! Gourmet coffee shops are outrageous!

    1. I agree, Ann, those coffee shop prices are totally out of my price range!

  5. Thanks for that recommendation, too, Dawn. I just learned a lot this weekend about Fair Trade coffee and chocolate, and I am eager to do some experimenting with different coffees and some serious blogging about these issues, too.

  6. Loved the post! I don’t buy cups of coffee outside of my house anymore because mine is the best!! At least I think so! LOL

  7. Lol, a few years ago my hubby found an espresso machine at a garage sale for $2.00. He spent $3.00 repairing it and proceeded to become a total coffee snob! He got a burr grinder, whole beans, and Torani syrup. He found the perfect way to get his milk perfectly steamed and made the best cappucinos I’ve ever had. Then it broke after three years and we can’t bring ourselves to pay a fortune for a new one!! You’ve brought back the memories!!! Now, I’m not so picky. Some flavored Stevia and a touch of milk and I’m good!

    Have you heard of They have AMAZING coffee, and sales at the end of each month as well!

  8. I buy a cup each morning for $2 and I have been trying not to. I have a Keurig which i use several times a day for my tea but I always run out of cream so I end up buying my coffee. This gives me motivation to start trying again.

    1. I actually PREFER powered cream due to keeping the coffee hot. I know a lot of people like the liquid creamer, but it cools the coffee down too much for my liking. The powder creamer that I purchase comes in a large container that lasts a long time. I also have less heartburn with powder cream.

  9. As much s I like and drink coffee – Lots per day! – I could never afford to ‘buy it out’ like many people do! I’m as happy with my ‘homemade’ coffee as I am with ALL of my homemade things – ;-} I must admit that I checked out your sewing website, too, and it tugged at my heart to see your projects – especially the smocked items!! I have been seeing since I was 9 and although I also do all manner of hand-craft projects, sewing will always be my ‘first love’! ;-}


  10. I have been to Starbucks a total of maybe 3 times in my life. I have no desire to spend $5 everyday for a cup of coffee. It is too expensive! I don’t think it is all that great any ways. I make my own coffee every morning, and I like it! I love hazelnut flavored coffee creamer (liquid of course). I have never hear of Fair Trade coffee, now I have to go searching for it and give it a try!

    1. Angela, once you read about the treatment of the coffee farmers by the big corporations, you won’t want to buy anything but Fair Trade coffee! That is what happened to me recently.

  11. We aren’t coffee drinkers and do find creative ways to save money. Thank you for sharing these helpful tips.

  12. I buy Simpatico coffee. The company is owned and operated by a college friend. It is straight trade, which gives the coffee farmers even better than fair trade.

    1. Thank you for the recommendation. I did check out that website and added it to my favorites. I am interested in trying the lower acid coffee!

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