Australians have had coffee at home for a long time now, with the first instant coffee distributed in 1947. Home coffee has come a long way since then, but it still hasn’t quite rivalled what you get from your local café.
True coffee lovers would not have been satisfied with what they could create at home until very recently. The industrial sized coffee machines used in cafes have been recreated in some very snazzy looking domestic models which are stunning on your bench and make an incredible coffee.
Even more recently we have been able to use the quality and convenience of capsule or pod coffee in tiny machines that do it all for you. Now there’s no more need to grind beans or froth milk; in one move your café style coffee is in your hand.
Coffee at home can be simpler, quicker and more importantly better quality than it’s ever been. You can also use the wonder that is the Internet to buy capsules and pods roasted in Italy, flown fresh to your door, and then have the genuine café experience at home.
But I see that you still look a bit skeptical. You don’t yet believe that making café style coffee at home is possible, let alone better than actually going to the café.
What about if we think about cost?
If you buy a coffee a day from a café you are spending at a minimum $1460 a year, or $4 a coffee. This is a conservative estimate; many people spend a lot more per coffee than $4. Plus if you were in a café you are almost guaranteed to have ordered a focaccia or a danish of some sort, so there’s some more spending going on there.
On the other hand, capsules such as Caffé Bonini capsules made with boutique roasted Italian beans, cost around 35 cents each. The brand name machines with which these pods are compatible vary in price, but you can choose one based on your budget and be pretty much guaranteed to get quality coffee pods which fit. The cheapest machines can be around $100, with more expensive ones costing over $700.
If we choose an average priced machine, in the first year of drinking café style coffee at home you’ll save over $1000. In every subsequent year that you’re not buying your coffee at a café you’ll save over $1300.
Here are some other things you can buy with that money:
• A pair of diamond earrings
• 4 iPad minis
• A leather jacket and pants
• 217 jars of peanut butter.
Well, you get the idea. If the quality and convenience of making your coffee at home didn’t sell you on the idea, then consider how much you’ll save each year if you make the swap. And then you could buy something really nice for your partner or yourself. And then you have coffee and happiness too.
You could even buy a plane ticket to Italy to see where it’s all made. You might not be able to afford the return ticket, but would you really want it anyway?