I don’t know about you, but I am a massive fan of coffee and since the larger coffee chains made their appearance and started springing up around the country, followed by some of the smaller (garage) chains, people can’t enough of the stuff! It has to be one of the most popular pastimes. But these places are expensive so I thought I would look into some cheaper ways to drink coffee.
1. Make it Yourself
My absolute favourite is a latte and, more recently, a vanilla or gingerbread latte. Of course, you can buy the ready made packets but these just taste far too powdery to me so my favourite way is to heat up some milk in the microwave, get yourself a decent brand of granulated coffee (Nescafe Azera is my favourite at the moment) and mix in with some hot water, when you take the milk out of the microwave then add the coffee mixture and then use one of these little beauties:
You can buy them for as little as £1.50! They make the milk wonderfully frothy. Plus all they need is a battery. Instant latte!
I have always wanted a Nespresso machine. There. I’ve said it! They look like a piece of kitchen gadget heaven to me and I wouldn’t crave the mainstream coffee shops anymore, of that I am certain. However, keeping up a supply of the capsules can be a costly business. Caffe Cagliari, a 100 year old Italian family company, now make coffee capsules which are Nepresso compatible and they are steeped in over 100 years of Italian history. The qualitative and sensory standards of the Espresso have been certified by the Italian Espresso National Institute (I.N.E.I.), which protects and promotes Italian Espresso. So you can be certain of great quality but at a more cost effective price.
3. Go To One of the Cheaper Chains
We all know that places like Starbucks (Largebucks) and Costa (Packet) charge a fortune and it always seems to be that the price has increased every time I go in there! I tend to opt for the slightly cheaper chains. One of the things I really enjoy is the fact that places like the Wild Bean Cafe do not charge extra for any of the syrups. They are left out on the counter for you to take your pick. The other thing I like is their loyalty card system. Buy 7, get the 8th free – far fairer than the Costa loyalty card. Alternatively, there are garages with Costa machines – they still taste fantastic but at a much cheaper price…all because you have to operate the machine yourself!
So there are my thoughts on making good coffee a bit cheaper. Do you have any tips? I would love to hear them 🙂
Disclaimer: This is a post in association with Caffe Cagliari.