It’s early and it’s cold outside. The sun hasn’t risen yet. The kids are still asleep. I sneak downstairs and begin brewing my lifeline. Coffee.
I’m a coffee snob. A REAL snob.
As I begin my journey one of the topics I’ll constantly remind myself of is saving money. Save money, pay off debt, stay home, start homestead. But as much as I know the importance of saving, I cannot sacrifice my coffee. In the past I’ve tried. I’ve switched to Folgers, generic brands, Chock full o’Nuts. It just didn’t work out. Coffee is a staple in my life.
Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts Dark has been my choice of brew for many years. I’ve gotten savvy with sales and coupons, but still pay anywhere from 7 to 9 dollars a bag for one pound of coffee.
A few weeks ago I found a local coffee company that roasts it’s own beans, Coffee by Design. They were recently rated one of the top ten coolest independent coffee shops in the United States. Their coffee is 16 dollars for a 16-ounce bag. Ouch. But so worth it. And the price is very comparable to buying Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts.
I think of it this way… I brew my own coffee. And by brew I mean the old fashion way, percolator style. Every day I wake up and make my coffee. It takes less than two minutes to do. As it brews I get breakfast together, feed the dogs, wake up the kids. And guess what? The coffee grounds make excellent fertilizer for your garden, it’s great for your houseplants, and you can even use the grounds to scrub your cast iron pots and pans.
Although I spend a lot for a bag of coffee, I am doing something I feel very passionate about, supporting a local company. It’s still much cheaper than buying a cup of coffee everyday at 4 dollars a cup (minimum) Even if I use 2 – 3 bags of coffee a month, it still doesn’t compare to the 80 dollars a month I’d spend if I bought a cup a day.
As my son says, “When you don’t drink coffee you turn to bad mama” I guess I’m not just a snob, but addicted… yikes…