Want to know how to be better to your body, your bank account, and the birds and the bees by making your mocha, caramel macchiato, or fancy coffee drink at home?
No, my answer is not to drink more water. It’s not to start drinking real coffee, black. My solution isn’t even to buy cans or bottles of chilled coffee, or some bizarre powdery solution. No. I wouldn’t do that sort of thing to anyone. Much less a follower of this blog!
For more than a decade I have been a give-me-my-daily-mocha-or-macchiato kind of a broad; I can do without the bread.
I really like bread. Don’t get me wrong. Yet, if the choice is between daily bread and daily mocha, I’m going mocha. My prayers may be a little different from yours…
My Mocha, Caramel Macchiato, or Fancy Coffee Solution:
Make the real thing at home without investing more than $70.
I spent $65.86 to be exact. When I make caramel macchiatos at home, the calorie count is 110.
My daily mocha habit at the coffee shop is $5.29 and 234 calories. 3 days = $15.87 and 702 calories.
That brings the cost of my investment down to $49.99. Just 9.45 more days out of the coffee shop and I will have made back what I spent to start making my fancy coffee drinks at home. On the calories, I’ve saved 124 calories per day (372 calories in 3 days). 3,500 calories equals about 1 pound. If every other part of my diet stayed the same, I could lose an extra pound per month. Then, once I reach my goal weight, I could eat an extra 124 calories a day.
What did I buy?
I used to think that in order to reproduce the delish coffee drinks that I love so much at home that I’d have to spend $300+ on something that looked like what they use in the coffee shops. I was wrong.
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- The Original Bialetti Moka Express – 3 Cup Stovetop Coffee Maker with Safety Valve – brews 4.4 ounces, $29.95, (https://amzn.to/2vQ8zUx). Note: By 3 cup it means 3 espresso cups, not 3 full cups of coffee.
- Epica Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Heater Carafe, $25, (https://amzn.to/2Lz5Ut4). I am in awe of how beautiful the foam is, what little time it takes, and the minimal effort required! Pour milk in frother to the proper fill line, press button. Wait maybe a minute.
- illy Classico Ground Espresso, Medium Roast, 100% Arabica Coffee Blend, 8.8oz Can (https://amzn.to/2VWWziB)
Note: The Everything Bagel Seasoning pictured is for other kitchen experiments that I’m looking forward to doing soon. I don’t think I’d ever sprinkle that on top of cappuccino foam.
My new morning coffee ritual:
Put water and espresso into the Moka per the instructions and heat it on a burner set to medium.
Isn’t it cute? I just love the design!
Then, I put milk into the frother. Once the Moka on the stove starts to steam, I press the button on the frother. The Moka is not a teapot. It does not whistle, so don’t leave the room expecting to be beckoned back.
Next, I put a little caramel, or white chocolate that I’ve portioned (no more than 60 calories worth) into a mug. Then, I add the espresso and stir.
After that, I pour in the milk using a tablespoon to hold back the foam and to prevent the milk from dripping onto the counter.
Last step, top with foam.
What else changed?
I am no longer making a special drive to and from the nearest coffee shop that makes my drink just right for my morning ritual. In addition to the money spent on the coffee, I am saving money on fuel. I’m also reducing my carbon footprint, which helps out the birds and the bees. Now my morning coffee ritual doesn’t require fuel for the trip, a paper cup to hold my coffee, or a plastic lid to keep it from spilling.