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How Coffee Bar at Home Saved Us a Lot of Money

Updated on January 5, 2020
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Liza is a homemaker. She has an obsession with coffee and loves collecting postcards from friends all over the world.

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My coffee bar at home.
My coffee bar at home.
My coffee bar at home.

Coffee In Our Lives

My husband and I are avid coffee drinkers. My coffee obsession began while I was studying at university. Coffee helps me to feel awake especially at night for study and writing assignments. Before my husband and I got married, one of the topics we often discussed over the internet is coffee. Many years ago, while I lived in Kuala Lumpur, I didn't own any coffee machine, far away to have a coffee station at home.

Fulfilled the Caffeine-Fixed

After we got married, we began buying a coffee maker to fulfill our caffeine-fixed in the morning. Sometimes, on the weekend we went out to find a new coffee place to try. Then, my husband also started subscribing coffee beans from the coffee roaster that deliver their signature coffee every month to our house. In the beginning, it was pleasant but, we felt something wasn't right. We end up spending too much money on coffee every month. So, we decided to find a solution to our coffee addiction.

The Search of A Coffee Bar Began

So, to fix the problem, we went to a few stores to look up for a table or a counter that we can use for a coffee bar. At first, my husband thought of making it. However, in the next few months, we planned to move to the new house so, a new coffee bar wouldn't be hurt. We looked thorough but, we can't decide what we want.

Down East Home Store

Until one day, we went to the Down East Home store, there we saw a long dark cabinet with drawers stood. We slowly walked in between the furniture in the store to get to it. In my head, I was hoping for an affordable price because we like it a lot. We were so relieved when we saw a discount tag was hanging on it. Ta-da, it was on sale. A sales assistant told us one of the legs is wobbly, that why it was in the sale. Quickly my husband says he can fix that. So yay! We bought the cabinet.

New House New Coffee Bar

When we moved to our new house, we decided to make the coffee bar as a center of attraction. The coffee bar looks very decent with the espresso machine, coffee grinder, drip coffee maker, cups, and others. In the meantime, we decided to put two wall shelves on the top for coffee decorations.

Saving Money

Now it's time to save money. What did we do? Firstly, my husband decided to stop subscribing to the coffee beans. (We paid $25 each month for a year). Then, we bought two coffee pods (cost $6 for both) for the Nespresso machine. The coffee pods allow us to replicate the Nespresso capsules; by putting the coffee ground in it, seal it with a sticker - Voila we can use it. No more purchase $30-$50 coffee capsules from Nespresso.

Discount Store For Better Deals

We also end up buying a cheaper coffee brand like Yuban for the drip coffee. By the way, we went to the discount store like HomeGoods for cheaper coffee syrups. It's so worth it to make your own Caramel Frappuccino at home during the summertime. From the day we have the coffee bar my husband brought coffee every day from home to work. He used to stop at Starbucks in the morning for coffee, now no more!

Take Advantage During Sale Season

A year ago, during Black Friday, we bought a decent espresso maker, a coffee grinder, and a milk frother. (Save money by buying stuff during Black Friday or Christmas sale). Though we spent some cash, all items are for the long-term investment. Guess what? It paid off. We ended up saving a lot of money by making coffee at home. After all this time we then realized we spent too much money on drinking coffee outside. It is easier to save money like this when you decided to have a coffee bar or coffee station at home. Trust me. It is very worth it.

Happy brewing!

My Coffee Machines & The Accessories

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The OXO coffee maker for a drip coffee. We use this every day. The Breville espresso maker for a good cup of cappuccino,espresso, and latte.The Nespresso coffee maker. The milk frother. The re-usable coffee pods and stickers for Nespresso machine. The Yuban coffee - save money by buying the big container. Coffee please?
The OXO coffee maker for a drip coffee. We use this every day.
The OXO coffee maker for a drip coffee. We use this every day.
The Breville espresso maker for a good cup of cappuccino,espresso, and latte.
The Breville espresso maker for a good cup of cappuccino,espresso, and latte.
The Nespresso coffee maker.
The Nespresso coffee maker.
The milk frother.
The milk frother.
The re-usable coffee pods and stickers for Nespresso machine.
The re-usable coffee pods and stickers for Nespresso machine.
The Yuban coffee - save money by buying the big container.
The Yuban coffee - save money by buying the big container.
Coffee please?
Coffee please?

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    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      15 months ago from USA

      Thank you, Louise. My husband and I live with coffee :) The coffee bar idea helped us saving money, we used to spend too much when we went outside. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Louise Powles 

      15 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I love the look of your coffee bar, it's amazing. I'd love one of these, that's a great idea.

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      Liza 

      15 months ago from USA

      Hi Linda,

      the coffee bar is the best feature in the house. It's like our coffee lab. My husband and I spent every morning making coffee and we love trying new stuff with coffee. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Liza 

      15 months ago from USA

      Hey, thanks for the recommendation, Dave. I don't think I have tried Arabian and Turkish coffee before. But, I like trying new stuff especially coffee :) and I'm sure my husband will love it too. Cheers!

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      Dave McClure 

      15 months ago from Kyle, Scotland

      This sounds a great idea. If you like Arabian and Turkish style coffees too, I recommend Najjar coffees from Lebanon. Cheers!

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      Linda Crampton 

      15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've never thought of setting up a coffee bar at home. It sounds like a great idea. I love the appearance of yours in the first photo. Thank you for sharing the interesting information and ideas.

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      Liza 

      15 months ago from USA

      Great! Thanks for dropping by.

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      j2Kmarketing.com 

      15 months ago

      Wow! I love coffee. Thanks for your article!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      15 months ago from USA

      Thank you, Liz. Definitely save us a lot of cash! My husband and I spent too much on coffee. Lol. Now, we can sit and relax at home while making and enjoying the coffee better.

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      Liz Westwood 

      15 months ago from UK

      Wow! It looks like you have the equipment to open your own coffee shop. Great cost-saving tips. It definitely pays to shop around for coffee.

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