My wife and I save a lot of money by not drinking alcohol or smoking, however, we both have a weakness for coffee. Other than highspeed internet (which we both use for our income purposes as well), it is probably our biggest pure luxury expense. We try not to buy “coffee shop” coffee very often, but once or twice a month we indulge.
We mostly drink basic, affordable store or mainstream brand coffe that we grind and brew ourselves. I am usually happy with this arrangement – I am primarily interested in the caffeine anyway. My wife needs to “doctor it up” quite a bit with cream and sugar to make it palatable. This type of coffee is not always the greatest tasting, but it gets the job done.
The other night, my wife brought me a cup while I was on the computer. I took a sip and asked her if she had used a coupon or some other discount in order to get what I thought was gourmet coffee. It tasted great and quite a bit more expensive than what we typically brew.
She answered that it was the same old coffee that we always buy, but that she had mixed a little cinnamon with the grounds in the filter. She had read about the trick on one of her friend’s blogs. If you drink coffee, but you need a gourmet blend, this trick might save you a little cash.