This post is sponsored by Left Field Farms but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Listen, I think we all are guilty of being super addicted to coffee shops – am I right? I am admittedly a 100% a coffee snob, so office coffee with powdered creamer or plain brewed coffee at home will just NOT cut it for me; I would rather do without! Plus, do you know that your coffee habit can add up to thousands per year? Trust me, its so easy to open up that app, place your order, and pick up your iced americano with cinnamon dolce syrup and spend $4.50 a day. And don’t get me started on the ridiculous amount of sugar in my favorite drinks! I looked up the nonfat pumpkin spice latte for example, and we are talking about 50 grams of sugar. I am a huge calorie counter, especially when it comes to sugar, so this is a deal breaker for me. So, if you are looking for healthy, affordable ways to make your at-home coffee taste just as good as a $5 coffee from your favorite shop, then read on. And let me give you a little hint, a huge component of a good cuppa is definitely getting yourself a delicious creamer!
Here are my tips for making the best tasting coffee at home:
Get yourself an espresso machine – I thought espresso machines were thousands of dollars, but the truth is that you can get this one for under $100 or this one for less than $100 too. When you add up how much a latte costs, the machine pays for itself in about a month or two. Making your own espresso every morning takes about 2 minutes tops once you get the process down, and there’s something so satisfying about figuring out how to master your own lattes!
Make (or buy) your favorite coffee syrups – go check out your local HomeGoods, and you can find tons of coffee syrups in different flavors. You can also totally make your own at home, its so easy! Pinterest is a perfect place to find these recipes (they are basically just equal parts sugar + water, and a flavor component).
Add cinnamon to your grounds – this one is an absolute game changer. After you grind your beans, put a couple sprinkles of cinnamon into your grounds before you brew your coffee. The cinnamon naturally sweetens it without adding any calories. Plus, the taste reminds me of the holidays!
Find a really good creamer – this is a make or break to a really, really good cup of coffee! Left Field Farms coffee creamer is made with real cream, real sugar, and real milk; a bonus is that its Non-GMO Project Verified. Real ingredients are absolutely the number one thing I look for in a creamer, and the second is the nutrition info; I definitely want something low in sugar! This coffee creamer comes in at only 5 grams of sugar per serving so it is not overly sweet. It’s super easy to find at your local Walmart, too!
Splurge on really good coffee – what is a cup of coffee without really good beans? I personally buy espresso whole bean coffee and grind it fresh every morning. Grinding your beans makes such a difference so if you haven’t done it yet, you are absolutely missing out! The coffee selection at your favorite big box retiler is perfect, just make sure you DO go for the more expensive brands.
My own recipe is four shots of freshly ground espresso (with a sprinkle of cinnamon), poured over ice, topped off with about a tablespoon of Left Fields Farms coffee creamer! Trust me when I say I am not going back to my coffee shop habit anytime soon!