I spend too much money at Starbucks.
It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. But my occasional trip to Starbucks turned in to weekly, then a few times a week, and stayed at that level for many months. Something needed to change. My grad student stipend-fueled bank account couldn’t handle $5 caramel macchiatos or iced white chocolate mochas (plus the occasional $3 (delicious!) slice of pound cake).
My department provides free coffee in our break area, but once the novelty of that wore off, I quickly got bored with the flavors of coffee they provide- dark roast, while my preferred roast, gets boring when you drink it day in and day out for a year and a half and counting. Just recently, my lab mates and I started to commiserate that if only we had a way to make the free coffee taste better, we wouldn’t feel the need to go to Starbucks as often.
That week, I received Folgers Flavors Coffee Enhancers to sample from Crowdtap. I received samples of all four flavors of the product: Caramel, Vanilla, Mocha, and Hazelnut, though I only sampled the first three of that list. I was excited to replicate the flavor of my lab’s overall favorite drink from Starbucks, the caramel macchiato, by mixing 3 shots of the Caramel flavoring with 1-2 shots of the Vanilla flavoring in an 8 oz. cup of coffee. Yum! Significantly cheaper and easier to get a hold of than walking to Starbucks and spending $5 for a drink I now know I can mimic myself. None of us in the lab were a huge fan of the Mocha flavoring, as we felt it was too chemically/bitter of a flavor to our palates. However, I left bottles of each flavor in the department break area, and they’re all getting used up!
I found Folgers Flavors Coffee Enhancers at my local Target regularly priced at $3.29, marked down to $1.88. Each bottle says it contains enough flavoring for 24 cups of coffee. Even if you use 3 shots of flavoring instead of 1 per cup, that comes out to approximately 24 cents per cup- way, way more affordable than $5!
Will I be swearing off Starbucks forever? No way. But now it can be a treat, instead of my only option to access delicious flavors of coffee during the work day.
FTC Disclaimer: I received Folgers Flavors Coffee Enhancers free to sample from Crowdtap. All opinions expressed herein are my own and were in no way influenced by having received a sample of this product.