My how we love our coffee.
Our afternoon lattes. Our morning Joes. Our triple shot, soy, extra whip, hold-the-foam, caramel macchiato espressos.
Whatever your drink, however you order it—there’s no doubt that you do.
Americans are addicted to their coffee. And not just any coffee, though: I’m talking coffee-shop coffees. Those fancy ones, with the mermaid on the cup? Those, yes; we love them. What started as a social occasion has worked its way into our regular routines. A daily Starbucks habit isn’t even really considered a habit in many circles; it’s just a way of life. Brewing coffee at home isn’t quite as glamorous or even as convenient, and we’ve gotten out of the practice as a whole.
The average American, just like you and me, spends $1,100 on coffee each year. That’s a lot of money to spend on a beverage you are absolutely capable of making yourself. Heck, that’s a lot of money for a beverage you aren’t able to make yourself. That’s months’ worth of groceries or an annual 401k investment for many people, and we’re spending it on coffee!1
And before the plain coffee drinkers among us start to feel smug, as if this doesn’t apply to you, let me assure you that you are not out of the woods here. Nope. If you brew yourself a 16-ounce cup of coffee at home it’ll run you about .08 cents. Yes. That’s 8 cents, you didn’t misread. Compare that to the unfathomable $2.65 that Starbucks charges for their grande iced coffees and it’s enough to make you cringe.2
But all the cringing in the world isn’t going to help those caffeine headaches go away if we give up cold turkey, is it?
So, what’s a gal to do?
Well, first of all, there’s no need to quit your coffee shop addiction completely. Moderation is the key to everything in life, and this is no exception. Challenge yourself; make a goal of only going twice a week or for special occasions, like catching up with an old friend. See what happens. Sure, the barista may forget your name and your drink order, but is that a terrible thing?
The average American, just like you and me, spends $1,100 on coffee each year. That’s a lot of money to spend on a beverage you are absolutely capable of making yourself.
Secondly, and this might be shocking, but coffee can actually be made at home. And I’m not just talking a plain old cup. Yes, even you fancy-drink drinkers can have your cup and drink it too.
Give this quick and easy Fake Out Mocha recipe a try. It’s healthier and cheaper than anything you can get at the shop, and you just might find that you like it better anyway.
Fake Out Mocha Recipe
- 1 banana, cut into pieces and frozen
- 2/3 cup almond milk (I use unsweetened almond, but any kind will do)
- 1/2 cup cold coffee (keep a jar in your fridge and fill it with your leftover each day so you always have some on hand)
- 1/4 cup rolled oats, uncooked
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup (more or less to taste)
- Step 1: Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until desired consistency.
- Step 2: Because of the oats, it may have to go a bit longer than you would normally expect. I blend for about 2 minutes.
- Step 3: Top with homemade whipped cream (totally optional but absolutely worth it).
- Step 4: Enjoy!
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