One cup of coffee on a regular basis can put quite the dent in your wallet.
Aside from water and adult beverages, coffee is probably the most consumed beverage on college campuses.
Many college students dread the idea of starting the day without a caffeine boost. This could be because they are hooked on what is quickly becoming known as “America’s legal drug.”
On the Tech campus alone there are six different locations to fulfill students’ caffeine needs.
The average price for a large coffee at the on-campus Au Bon Pain is $2.20, which may seem menial, but for a consumer that drinks a cup every day, it adds up. And that only accounts for a basic coffee. Some of ABP’s premium and specialty drink options run as high as $3.99 a cup.
“I would say I get coffee two or three times a week,” said Sara Myers, a junior accounting and finance major. “I’m sure I’ve spent a good portion of my meal plan on it.”
However, getting an on-campus cup of Joe is still cheaper than a Starbucks run. The average “venti” cup from this coffee tycoon will run you $2.50, which is only 30 cents more than the on-campus alternative, but most people who go to Starbucks aren’t buying the most basic coffee. The preferred drinks like the new Chocolate Cookie Crumble Frappuccino can cost up to $4.95.
“I’m a recreational coffee drinker,” said Steven Mack, a sophomore accounting and information systems major. “But I never go to Starbucks, it’s just too much money.”
Local coffee shops offer a much more welcomed price. Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea on Main Street only charges $1.85 for a regular coffee.
The most obvious and economical solution to saving money in coffee consumption is to brew it at home.
A cheaper coffee pot at any Wal-Mart costs $14.96, which can be a dent for a jobless college student at first, but that price could dissolve in the glee from the hundreds of dollars saved by home brewing, where a cup of coffee averages at only 44 cents.
Home brewed coffee also offers the chance to test new flavors.
Cam Rose, a junior biology major and barista at Deet’s place, is inspired by her new job to make her own coffee and even experiment at home.
“I usually crank up the Keurig every morning and have a cup of coffee before classes start,” Rose said. “Now that I work at Deet’s, I’ll probably drink more coffee, and I’m hoping the job will expose me to new flavors and types of coffee I haven’t tried before.”
As the need for more coffee increases with the ongoing semester, if students want to save money and have room to discover their own barista techniques, brewing at home proves to be the favored choice.