That’s right, if you’re a two-cup a day coffee drinker, making your own coffee at home can save you more than $1,000 even after the initial outlay for all the necessary equipment, coffee beans and milk!
Making espresso at home is an excellent way to start the day. When topped up with hot water, milk foam, steamed milk, or even all three, you can create cafe classics such as the latte, cappuccino, or macchiato.
Espresso is made by passing water through ground coffee at high temperature and pressure resulting in an intense coffee approximately 30mL in volume. This resulting drink is often referred to as an “espresso shot”.
With the cost of coffee going up at all points along the value chain (farming, shipping, warehousing, roasting, etc), buying coffee out every day can get expensive pretty quickly.
A regular coffee in Melbourne will set you back anywhere between $4 and $4.5 in 2021. A two-cup a day coffee drinker will spend a minimum of $2,848 a year on coffee ($4 x 2 cups per day x 356 days). If you live in a household of coffee drinkers, the dollars can stack up quickly!
In the age of lockdowns and working from home, waking up to freshly brewed coffee in your pajamas is not only ritualistic but having an espresso machine and grinder at home might actually make a lot of financial sense.
There are several cost benefits to making coffee at home. Though it seems expensive at first, if you crunch the numbers, you’ll find you’ll actually save money compared to what you would spend at a coffee shop in the long run. This is particularly true for a household with multiple coffee drinkers.
Even if you’re a one-cup of coffee kind of person, the payback period for a $1,000 espresso machine and grinder set up for home is less than one year – and that also takes into account the cost of high-quality beans and milk!
Learning to use an espresso machine can be tricky and getting the best out of it can be challenging; however, once you’ve mastered the basics, making coffee at home can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Just think about being able to have café quality drinks at home whenever you want.
If you’re struggling, we’re always here to help with an in-person barista course and our future online barista training platform.
If this has given you the motivation, to buy an espresso machine for home, I’ve written a guide to buying your first espresso machine.