May 31

Thrifty Thursday – For the Love of Coffee

I love coffee.  If you also love a cup or glass of delightful deliciousness read on.

I recently read an article on WebMD on the benefits of coffee.  According to the article and the studies conducted:

  1. Those who said they drank more than six or seven cups daily were 35% less likely to have type 2 diabetes than people who drank fewer than two cups daily. There was a smaller perk — a 28% lower risk — for people who drank 4-6 cups a day. The findings held regardless of sex, weight, or geographic location (U.S. or Europe).
  2. Coffee may counter several risk factors for heart attack and stroke.
  3. For women, coffee may mean a lower risk of stroke.
  4. For Parkinson’s disease, the data have always been very consistent: higher consumption of coffee is associated with decreased risk of Parkinson’s.
  5. Coffee has also been linked to lower risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
  6. All of the studies have shown that high coffee consumption is associated with decreased risk of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.

You can read article here.

Now that we all know coffee is good for you, let’s get to the nitty gritty.  Drinking coffee out is expensive.  Even if you only stop for a large specialty coffee on your way to work, at $3.50 every morning x 5 days a week x 50 weeks a year (hey you get 2 weeks vacation that I’m not counting) you would spend $875.00 a year.  Last can of coffee that I bought, the can claimed it yielded 270 cups of coffee.  I don’t believe that so let’s believe it yields 1/2 that or 135 cups – I paid $5.75 for the Clover Valley brand at Dollar General.  I always buy this coffee.  Tastes perfect to me.  That is $.04 a cup of coffee.  If I used the same calculation of only 1 cup of coffee every weekday for 50 weeks, that comes to $10.00 a year or a savings of $865.00.  That, of course, is not including the cost of creamers and sugars.  So here are some recipes for making your own coffee delights at home.

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Find the recipe for the Perfect Iced Coffee at the Pioneer Woman. Cold Brewed. This is my favorite recipe for iced coffee.  I promise once you make this recipe you will rush home for your own brew rather than stop and overpay for a store bought cup.

Here are some recipes for coffee creamers.  Not only is it less expensive to make your own but have you ever read the ingredients in a bottle of coffee creamer?  If you did, most likely you wouldn’t be using them. These recipes are inexpensive, do not contain all those unknown ingredients and are delicious.

Food.com has the same recipe I use for making French Vanilla.  Also included are instructions for making different flavors.

Here is another Food.com recipe – Bavarian Mint.

Budget101 has a variety of recipes using sweetened condensed milk and skim milk. You can find them here.

Salted Caramel Coffee Creamer

Cook Eat Share has a recipe for Salted Caramel Coffee Creamer.

Collies Kitchen has invented a copy cat version of McDonald’s caramel iced coffee.

Hope you enjoy some of these recipes.

Debbie

I never drink coffee at lunch.  I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon.  ~Ronald Reagan