Coffee. A six-letter word. A beautiful source of energy. There are so many different species of coffee to be had. Hot. Iced. Espresso. Cappuccino. The list goes on….
I love coffee, just as much as the next person does. In fact, I am sipping on my iced coffee right now as I sit here writing this blog post about it! If you’re one of the many people who enjoy at least one sacred cup of coffee every day, THIS may be a very useful blog post !
Take a minute and think about just how many times you go to Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, or your local coffee shop every week to get your much needed coffee fix. Have you ever wondered just how much money your coffee habit is costing you? If your wallet always seems to have a gaping hole in it (like mine) then you might want to take a minute or two to analyze just how much money you’re drinking away!
Now, I am not in any way trying to deny the enjoyment of going to a coffee shop. Who doesn’t LOVE walking into a Starbucks, getting hit in the face with the delicious smell of their brew, ordering your drink just the way you like it, and having the barista call you by name when its ready?
My boyfriend Matt and I are suckers for a good Starbucks run. We used to go every morning before work. We used to go on the weekends too. It was just what we did. No questions asked, we were going to start each day off with an iced coffee from Starbucks. But one day, we decided to check our bank records to see how much money was really going towards our coffee habits.
It hurts to admit this, but together we spent over $75 in two weeks on Starbucks… disturbing we know!!
It’s not so much the actual coffee that we were drinking that kept us coming, however it is really tasty. What really kept us coming was the act of going to the coffee shop to get that cup of coffee every morning before heading to work. This is what became our guilty pleasure and addiction!
Every morning we would leave our apartment a few minutes early and meet each other at our local Starbucks. It became such a routine that the baristas there knew us by name, and knew what we were going to order before we had a chance to tell them! If one of us went in one day without the other, they would ask, “Where’s the other one?”
Although it was a nice treat before our daily commute to our jobs, we realized the money we were using to help our habit and promote this large corporation could have easily been money going into our small business.
So we asked ourselves – what are we doing? How can we fathom literally drinking away $75 in two weeks???
We knew we had to make some major life changes. But we also knew that cutting coffee out of our daily routine was just not going to happen. So, the big question came down to how can we spend less on coffee? And the answer was simple! We decided to brew our own iced coffee and come up with our own perfect recipe. One that tastes just as good, if not a hell of a lot better & stopped us from drinking away our cash!
For this recipe feel free to purchase any type of coffee beans you like, any brand of coffee concentrate, or type of milk you like.
This recipe only requires four ingredients, a coffee maker, cool coffee mugs, a glass pitcher and of course a little love:
- Almond Breeze: Almond Coconut Blend
- Trader Joe’s (R) Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
- Trader Joe’s (R) Organic Sumatra Coffee
- Filtered Water
Step 1: Use 2 cups of water per 3 scoops of ground coffee. This will make sure your brew is strong when you add ice (also you can make coffee ice cubes or add extra scoops if you like it stronger).
Step 2: Let coffee brew cool to room temperature, then pour coffee into a glass container and put it in the fridge for 2-3 hours or until cool – we leave ours overnight for the morning.
Step 3: Time to make your iced coffee! Pour a little more than half a cup (not the measurement, just your coffee cup) of your brewed coffee, add 2-3 tablespoons of the coffee concentrate, add a couple cubes of ice, some cold water and top your cup off with some almond coconut milk.
Step 4: Sip and Enjoy!
~As a disclosure, we are big fans of Starbucks and Matt even worked there, we just can’t afford to make this a daily habit anymore, especially while we are saving up for our future Van Life adventures ~