I am serious about my coffee intake. I look forward to a hot, deliciously smelling cup first thing each morning. I enjoy it while I’m eating breakfast + getting ready for the day. simultaneously, I brew an iced americano to take with me for the day!
the husband + I used to religiously go to a coffee shop for iced americanos. by making them at home, this saves us $6.32 (or so) every single day. which adds up to nearly $200 per month (or over $2,000 a year!!!!!). not to mention, I’m always running just late enough to have an internal argument: “do I really have time to stop for coffee? what if the line is long? how sad will I be if I arrive at my desk without it?” the struggle was REALLY REAL. but now that we make it at home, alongside breakfast + packing for lunches, I don’t leave home without it thus avoiding the ridiculous internal argument.
make your own iced americano.
in a large tumbler (I use these in 20 or 32 oz), I fill to the top with ice. place two scoops of ground coffee into the ninja coffee bar + press “specialty brew”. this button magically transforms regular ground coffee into espresso (or espresso strength). if I’m making a 32 oz cup, I add another scoop of coffee grounds + brew a second time. once brewed, I top with water and add the lid.
another bonus: if you’re watching your caffeine intake but love your coffee (for example, you’re pregnant) ..use decaffeinated coffee grounds to make the iced americano! it’s the taste + satisfaction you’re craving, without all the caffeine. let’s just say, I occasionally oblige with the doctor’s orders. I do drink regular strength coffee in the morning, but for my extra large americano, I brew decaf.
• little lesson: looking at your spending habits can be a real drag. but you may surprise yourself with the creative solutions you create! by making our iced americanos at home each morning instead of driving thru a coffee shop, we’re saving money + time. PLUS: I don’t have to abide by the sizes offered by the coffee shop. if I want my caffeinated beverage served in a 32 oz tumbler, there is no one who can stop me!