How to save money on coffee by brewing espressos at home

Coffee CostsThe title of this article should come as no shock to most of you; yes, it’s generally cheaper to brew coffee at home than buy it out in the world. The more surprising news is the amount of money you can potentially save per cup.

More than two thirds of coffee machine owners who responded to our surveys stated that owning a coffee machine saves them money that would otherwise have been spent on café coffees.

You would assume you’re paying more money on takeaway coffee for the expectation of quality from your barista or, at the very least, the convenience of not having to make it yourself. However, three in five respondents prefer the coffee they make at home to the ones they purchase from cafes – and 58% happily use their machine every day, which suggests it isn’t inconvenient either.

You can apparently save $800 a year by switching to homemade coffee, according to an article published on This is acting under the assumption that you purchase five coffees a week and switch to a capsule machine.

Many Australians are now buying these capsule coffee machines, which are relatively cheap to purchase, and produce outstanding espresso at minimal cost. Indeed, each flat white on a certain Woolworths manufactured capsule coffee machine allegedly costs a little less than 50c per cup – hence, the $800 a year savings.

You can also save when you purchase a larger, more traditional espresso coffee machine. The below excerpt is taken from an American blog, and demonstrates the kind of savings you can expect from using an espresso coffee machine (not a capsule model) at home.

“You can purchase a high-end bag of espresso for about 76 cents per ounce; this adds up to about $27 for a 1kg bag. A shot of espresso uses about eight grams of beans; you get about three shots per ounce of espresso beans.

When the math is all done, it turns out that brewing espresso at home costs a person about 25 cents a cup. If you factor in water, electricity, the cost of your equipment and your cups, your price probably goes up a couple of cents. Let’s be safe and say your homemade espresso costs 35 cents a cup.

If you buy espresso from a restaurant, you can expect to spend at least $2 per cup. If this is the case, then you end up saving at least $1.65 per cup you drink. If you drink only one cup a day over a year, you save more than $600*.”

 – Espresso At Home, 2013.

* $637 AUD at time of publication.

There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that making your own coffee works out to be cheaper for you in the long run – even when you factor in the coffee machine purchase. If you’re interested in saving money without sacrificing your morning caffeine hit, you should compare coffee machine brands on our website.

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