The only way I really drink coffee is a latte or an occasional cappuccino. Black coffee is not my thing, so at home I have a Nespresso Coffee maker that to me makes great espressos for my latte. However, I prefer the taste of Starbucks coffee and when I buy a latte at Starbucks, I notice the difference in taste.
I don’t know how long they have them out, but late last year I discovered that Starbucks is making espresso pods for Nespresso machines with the exact same espresso they use at their stores. Needless to say I bought a set of both regular and decaf, and I am happy to report, it is the same damned coffee! Another plus is the Starbucks pods work perfectly in my Nespresso machine, unlike Williams Sonoma’s pods which seem to spurt out more plain water than actual espresso.
Last night I went to Starbucks and got a Grande Latte with almond milk and one pump of sugar free vanilla syrup. The cost? $5.46! Buy one a day and you are looking at approximately $1,370 a year if you go to Starbucks five days a week. How much does it cost to make the same latte at home? Approximately $1.96 for one at a cost of $492.00 a year. A saving of $878.00 a year.
With an initial machine investment of just over a hundred dollars, you can get the mini Essenza Nespresso machine at Amazon or invest a little over two hundred and you can get the Expert which is what I have, which makes Ristretto, Espresso, Lungo, Americano
In the long run you save money on coffee, gas and time from running to Starbucks. Unless of course you really go there for the free wifi.