- Buy coffee beans from your favorite roaster. Not only are you supporting small business, but you're also supporting the specialty coffee ecosystem to produce quality beans and saving so much per cup. With the "golden ratio" of 1 tablespoon of coffee per 6 ounces water and a 12 oz bag (340 grams) at $15, you're getting 48 servings of coffee per bag at about $0.31 a serving ($0.45 if you include shipping). If you're using 2 tablespoons, it's $0.62/serving. For the price of 3 lattes at a coffee shop, you could get 48 cups of coffee at home with specialty Vietnamese coffee beans!
- Buy your coffee beans in bulk! Buying in bulk saves even more money when you break it down to the cost per cup. For those who want to set it and get it, our coffee subscription ensures that you get coffee regularly and save money doing it.
- Get a grinder and grind your own coffee. Purchasing whole bean coffee and grinding it yourself ensures its shelf life (whole beans stay fresher for much longer). This way, you don't end up throwing out coffee because it no longer tastes its best. Also, grinding your own coffee allows you to control the size and quantity of coffee, once again ensuring no waste!
- Make just enough coffee. We all hate leftover coffee that nobody wants to drink. Pour overs and French presses sometimes make too much. When you're able to brew just enough for the moment, you're ensuring you don't waste coffee and money senselessly. Our perfect solution? Investing in a single-serving brewing tool like the Vietnamese phin filter – it makes enough coffee for one person and can be re-brewed for a slightly weaker second serving if needed.
- Refrigerate or freeze leftover coffee. Brewed coffee will still taste good the next day. If you love iced coffee, this helps as the coffee will already be cold! Our favorite way to save coffee is to freeze leftovers into ice cubes so you can use them in all your iced coffee needs without any dilution. Your favorite coffee shops do this, and you can too!
Saving money is easy with a few tips and tricks. The occasional coffee shop visit isn't going to hurt, but it's good to remember that you can not only do it yourself at home, but also do it well with specialty coffee. In the case of our coffee, you save inherently as you don't have to use as many beans (it's stronger with more caffeine than most coffees) and can add more water without compromising on flavor. Who doesn't love that?
Learn how to brew Vietnamese coffee here.