I have a fairly new addiction to coffee beverages purchased from coffee shops. Sometimes the beverages are purchased from our local coffee shop, but more often than not they're purchased from Starbucks.
I know, it's a problem. A very expensive, chemical filled, bad for the environment problem.
I think that part of the problem stems from the fact that I have a new-found affinity for espresso based beverages (yes, I still love my tea and still make myself a cup every single morning...but I get up very early and these espresso beverages usually come a couple of hours later). I also think that part of the problem stems from the idea of wanting to be able to treat myself to something nice every once in a while. The issue is, my every once in a while became every single day. Ugh. Then, there was the guilt and debates about big business and fair trade and organic and the beating myself up about it all...all while still wanting a stinking beverage. Vicious cycle. Nasty, vicious, no good cycle.
So, a little over a week ago Tool Lady and I used a 20% off coupon at Bed, Bath & Beyond to purchase a brand new toy...
...and every single day since our purchase, I've been able to enjoy my espresso beverages guilt free! Oh yeah...espresso with steamed milk, caramel syrup and actual caramel on top = a Caramel Macchiato. Espresso with steamed milk and vanilla syrup = a Vanilla Latte. It's all quite magical!
Even better is our ability to bring our beverages to work with us! So, every morning before we leave the house, we grab our mason jars, lids and cozies and brew up our beverage of choice.
With our coupon, the machine itself cost about $120. The bottles of syrup and such cost $3.99 each and we got four to start us off. So, our total up front investment was just under $140. This means that, within a month of making our own beverages, we will recoup our costs. Even adding in the cost of organic milk, bags of organic, fair trade espresso and bottles of syrup, we'll still be saving a ton of money! Magic!
I am incredibly excited about this new adventure of ours! There is no guilt and there are no chemicals...we are saving money, being a little more gentle to the planet and, best of all, I still get my tasty beverages each morning! What more could a lady ask for?!