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Iím testing the latte factor, or I should actually say Iím testing myself. I write this hesitantly because, yes I could fail, but I might as well share my story with you on buying less lattes. Iím just testing it out because my budget could use it, but Iím emotionally attached and just fine with my addiction.
First off, Iím spoiled because I can make a pretty good latte at work with a sweet espresso machine, thanks Tim Storm! But, thereís just something about going to the coffee shop and having one made for you (maybe itís the flavor, maybe itís a mental thing, a habit or a whatchamacallit.) But Iíve got it pretty bad. Coffee. Addict.
The Story Behind Joe.Letís backtrack to the innocent beginnings of my morning cravings, chocolate milk or OJ. Let me set the scene: my first job out of college. Didnít drink coffee. My work was located next door to a coffee shop. The daily routine at the office consisted of getting coffee and meetings over coffee. I tasted that first sip of Joe, java, caffeine goodness, whatever you want to call it, and the rest is bittersweet history. Fast-forward to July 2011 and the beginning of my latte factor test.
I went to work, used FatWallet's espresso machine and made a fabulous iced latte with my mad barista skills. This has continued for weeks, and Iím saving at least $15 to $20 a week. I leave room for one drink a week, if I want it, because I like options. And right now, I let myself get a coffee on the weekends.
My will power is still weak in this area, and Iíd tell anyone, ďGo Ahead and grab yourself a cup of Joe. You deserve it.Ē But if you donít have a killer espresso machine at work, search for different coffee deals online or check out a couple of ideas Iím going to incorporate to save even more:
Use a discount card.Starbucks Rewards offers cards to get free syrup flavors and earn free drinks. I also love my local coffee shops that offer drink cards or weekly specials. Look for specials at your local coffee bar.
Buy a new machine (that youíll use!)Iíve bought a coffee maker and an espresso machine, and they are in my basement. For my next purchase, I will buy the CBTL (Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf) Kaldi because itís a single-serving coffee maker that uses espresso capsules! You can make coffee, espresso or tea, and I absolutely love the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf flavor. Iím bringing CBTL midtown (as in my kitchen) since the chain is only found on the west or east side. Find what works best for you.
So whatís the moral of this story? Yes, I blame it on the real world.What do you blame? If youíre not pointing fingers, then youíre a step ahead of me. Out of denial. But my problem is I donít see it as a problem. I see it as something I deserve when I embark on a new day, something that puts a smile on my face, a caffeinated treat, a buzz in my day.
When did you meet Joe?
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