I want to share a picture of my favorite spot in my house:
My beloved coffee bar. Tucked away in my kitchen. My happy place. To the left is my husband’s lifeline aka the coffee pot. A freebie from Gevalia. To the right is my baby, my espresso machine.
Now before my parents gave me this treasured Christmas gift, I had a serious addiction to Dunkin Donuts Mocha Swirl Iced Lattes with skim milk and whip cream. The darker the better. However at $3.49 everyday (and occasionally when I couldn’t control my habit, twice a day) it was getting pretty pricey. $ 3.49 x 1 week = $ 24.43. One month= $ 104.70 One year= $ 1,273.85
Now don’t get me wrong, DD has AMAZING lattes. I love them. The girls were great every morning. However, I am head over heels with having this machine in my home. I can have a latte whenever I want. I don’t have to go out to get it (imagine all the saved gas $$). I can literally crawl out of bed, no bra, glasses still on, in my pjs and have my latte. HEAVEN!! And $100.00 extra in my pocket each month.
Sure I have to buy supplies for the lattes. Espresso. Filters. Skim Milk. Syrup. I figured it out to be a little less than a dollar per day now. Yes, I am that analytical. And it pays!
To build your own coffee bar:
For the bar itself:
Whitmor Baker’s Rack $ 82.54 w/ FREE SHIPPING!!
(I managed to get a similar rack on Craigslist for $40.00)
Wall Décor Coffee Prints $ 4.74 w/ $2.99 S&H
(I bought $1.00 black frames from the Dollar Store to frame in)
(Any canister set will work. I used chalkboard labels on mine.)
Save the Best for Last!!
Mr. Coffee Café Latte $ 88.56 w/ FREE SHIPPING!!
Now you can get cheaper models, however this is the only one I have used and so can’t vouch for any other machine. I love this one!
An assortment of syrups to flavor your coffee drinks can be found here.