- Category: Volume 88 (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)
- Published: 03 November 2016
- Written by AMANDA DRENNAN | VIEWPOINTS EDITOR
For most of us, coffee is an essential when it comes to our morning routine. Some mornings it feels almost impossible to get through the day without a little bit of caffeine.
At Monmouth it is easy to grab coffee quick from the Dunkin’ Donuts but, after a while all of those coffees add up. Being a college student it is easy to say that coffee is a priority, but why not make our own coffee instead of spending a majority of our paychecks letting someone else make our coffee for us.
Aditi Vast, senior communication student, said, “Coffee was always a commodity, but in college it’s become something of a necessity that’s causing severe monetary damage. A cup of coffee now costs as much as certain breakfast foods making me chose between being fed or being awake.”
There are a lot of different recipes online where we can find for our favorite drinks from Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks. Most of the time we go out to get coffee because the drinks we order out seem complicated, but our drinks are simpler than we think.
One of the most popular drinks at Starbucks during the fall season is the pumpkin spice latte. Just like it takes the baristas 2 minutes to make your drink, it can take you the same amount of time. All you need is ¼ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, 1 teaspoon of honey, ¾ cup of warm milk, and 1 shot of espresso.
These simple ingredients allow you to not make a pumpkin spice latte without leaving your room, but it is also a lot easier on your wallet. Buying the ingredients to make one drink for each day of the week is half the of a venti pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks for a week.
Communication adjunct, Professor Harney, said, “I’d rather invest my $2.50 for coffee in the market, because it will be a lot of money in 20 years. This way I can have a nice retirement.”
Another popular drink is the Dunkachino at Dunkin’ Donuts. This drink has a unique taste of coffee and hot chocolate, which actually makes it easy to recreate. All you need to do is fill your up ¾ of the way with coffee, fill the remaining ¼ with hot chocolate, and add a pinch of salt. You can add as much or little cream as you’d like.
Junior English student, Jaime Kops, said, “It’s easier just to make your coffee at home that way you can make it exactly how you want it. Especially since most of the time it’s not up to your standard when you buy it and you won’t be wasting your money.”
If you like your drink simple, most of the flavored coffee from Dunkin and Starbucks is sold in grocery stores, so you can brew a cup of your favorite flavored coffee at home just as easy. The different flavors of tea are also sold in stores for when you need a little break from coffee.
The recipes for most of your favorite drinks can be found online, and they’re all pretty simple. If you’re looking to save some money and time on your essential morning drink, try looking up recipes for your coffee to make it in the comfort of your own home.
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