We all know that making coffee at home is one of the most popular frugal living tips. And it’s true, you can brew your own cup for pennies compared to buying it at Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. But what they don’t tell you is how BORING homebrewed coffee can be if you don’t take the time to pretty it up a little. Sometimes having it black or adding a scoop of sugar and a splash of milk are all you need, but other times you crave a little more.
So in order to save you the guilt-ridden trip to Starbucks (though by all means, splurge sometimes!) here are a few ways to perk up your coffee from home.
Add spices to your grounds
You can make a difference in your flavor before you even brew the coffee! Sprinkle some spices or drop a cinnamon stick into your dry grounds in order to pump up the flavor. I love adding either ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. It makes my coffee (hell, my whole house) smell like fall at any time of year.
Make flavored syrups
Flavored syrups are deceptively easy to make at home. Some of them take a little time but the results can be just as good, if not better, than your local coffee shop. My absolute favorite to make is lavender syrup, but I’ve also had a lot of success with mint, vanilla, and hazelnut.
Make yourself a misto
If you have a French press or a milk frother, you can easily make a cafe misto at home. If you want an authentic latte or a cappuccino, you may need to invest in an espresso machine, but you can make mock versions of them at home just by varying the amount of milk and foam you add to your coffee.
Try a different kind of milk
There’s so many out there that it can be intimidating. (Cashew milk? Pea milk???) But with all different consistencies and flavors, they can be a great way to make your morning coffee a little different. Try some vanilla soy milk or coconut milk in your iced or hot coffee!
Try a different roast
Even plain, coffee has a huge range of flavors and consistencies. Try something new, maybe a robust dark roast or a milder light roast. You might discover that you like it just as it is.
I drink a lot of coffee so I’m always looking to change it up a little. Got any suggestions? Leave them in the comments!