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Cheap coffee. If you want to save money and cut your costs, here are the latest coffee deals from supermarkets, high street stores such as Starbucks, Costa and Caffe Nero, as well as money saving tips for the home: using coffee machines, buying coffee beans in bulk, switching to instant coffee and collecting your free coffees from Waitrose, O2 Priority and more. Discover timeless tips and advice from our community...Read more
One of our little luxuries in life is a visit or two each week to the coffee shop. But getting into the habit can be a costly experience. However, with the help of a coffee machine, you can enjoy a sip of a decent cup of coffee right at the comforts of your home, whenever you want to and save a lot in the long run. In addition, coffee in its most natural state can have several amazing health benefits.
How coffee came about
The worldwide spread of coffee is said to have originated from the Ethipian coffee tree in the province of Kaffa. According to legends, Ethiopian shepherds were the first to discover the stimulatory effect of coffee when they noticed that their goats are dancing and full of energy after eating coffee berries.
Originally consumed as a whole, these berries were mixed with animal fat to produce a protein-rich snack bar. Actually, it wasn’t until the 13th century that people started to roast coffee beans, which is the crucial step in the creation of coffee as we know it today. Now, people around the world are consuming hundreds of millions of coffee each and every day.
How to save money on coffee
We drink 55-70 million cups of coffee every day, according to the British Coffee Association and New Food Magazine. Those who go to coffee shops spend an average of £580 a year. If you want to cut this cost, this page is full of the latest coffee deals posted by our members (scroll up).
Beneath, you'll find top tips to reduce your spending on coffee, but not necessarily to reduce your drinking of it. As this wonderful article in The Wall Street Journal asks, is frugality about saving money or making you feel less guilty? In other words, sometimes the small purchases are worth it.
Cheap coffee deals
If you’re looking for cheap coffee in the UK, we have everything you are looking for to save big, from cheap instant coffee online and supermarket coffee to cheap ground coffee. Get the cheapest coffee from your favourite UK retailers such as Tesco, Amazon, Asda, Currys, Argos, Sainsbury’s and more! Enjoy massive discounts on Starbucks, Costa and Nescafe coffee deals as well as free coffee vouchers and free coffee samples and coffee pods from Cariad Coffee and McDonalds.
Is saving money on coffee worth it?
As I wrote in this blog post, frugal advice often doesn't work because there's too much of it, administered too often and in too many forms. It's like a doctor giving you a handful of pills mixed in various doses and saying, "good luck".
The picture below shows what happens when most people try to save money on coffee:
It's from Ramit Sethi, author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich. You realise you're spending a lot on coffee, you cut your costs and smile at the success, then you start to indulge again. Over and over the process repeats. It's like a diet, forever an aspiration but never the way.
Coupons and freebies are brilliant, but for many people they're not a sustainable long-term way to save money on coffee. Not because they don't work - they do - but because people's psychology behind adopting their use is often wrong: They do it out of guilt.
Don't do it because you think you should. Don't make rules and promises to yourself that in six weeks' time you know you'll break. Instead, go for the big wins. Think of it in terms of gains. Here we explore the methods to save money on coffee without "cutting back".
First, let's take a look at the coffee market and what people are buying.
What coffee are people in the UK buying?
80% of households buy instant coffee, but this trend is moving towards ground and whole coffee beans. The difference is amongst generations: 16-34 year olds buy more of the latter, and account for 16% of total coffee purchases.
On the high street, 80% of those who visit coffee shops do so at least once a week, with 16% going every day. Brits spend £3 billion a year on coffee, with sales expected to rise to £3.75 billion by 2020.
Knowing your coffee
- Espresso. This coffee is short, intense, black and strong.
- Espresso dopio. Espresso double shot.
- Espresso con panna. Espresso topped with whipped cream.
- Cappuccino. Equal parts of espresso, steamed, frothed milk then sprinkled with chocolate.
- Flat white. Microfoam, steamed milk with small, fine bubbles and a velvelty or glossy consistency, over a single or double shot of espresso.
- Americano. This is espresso diluted with extra hot water after you brew it.
- Mocha. Espresso with steamed, frothed milk and hot chocolate.
- Frappe. This is just like a coffee milkshake comprising of coffee, sugar and a little water mixed together and poured over iced and then topped up with milk.
- Lungo. A longer extraction with the same amount of ground coffee as espresso but with twice as much water.
- Latte. A combination of a third espresso and two thirds steamed, hot milk.
- Macchiato. Espresso with just a dash of steamed milk.
How to save money at the big coffee shops
You can cut your costs without changing your habits nor where you buy your coffee simply by understanding the reward schemes and options available.
One method is to bring your own cup. All the chains offer a discount on coffee if you present your own mug or takeaway flask. Their motive for this is to cut down on waste. How much can you save?
- Costa gives 25p discount if you bring your own cup
- Starbucks gives 25p discount if you bring your own cup
- Cafe Nero gives you an extra stamp on the reward card
- Paul (bakery chain) gives 10p discount when you bring a reusable cup
- Pret a Manger is now trailing a pilot scheme across 200 London stores where if you bring your own cup you'll save 25p per order
Switch to a cheaper coffee shop
You may be able to save money by switching coffee shops. Everyone has their favourite, but as discovered when looking for quality bargain wines, even professionals cannot consistently tell the difference between expensive and cheap coffee.
This graph from City AM shows the cheapest and most expensive coffee shops on the High Street. Starbucks is the most dear, and though you may not have considered it, Wetherspoon is the cheapest. Switching from Starbucks to Pret a Manger could save you over £100 per year.
Use loyalty schemes at your coffee shop
Most coffee shops have a loyalty scheme. Sometimes it is points, sometimes it is a free coffee. Use it to save money. Here, I will use the example of Cafe Nero:
Cafe Nero has a loyalty card which is stamped every time you buy a coffee. You get your 10th coffee (or hot drink) for free. Just by using this alone you save 10% overall.
However, there are ways to maximise this to save over 20%. First, as explained above, you get an extra stamp if you bring your own cup. That means every fifth coffee is free (a 20% saving out of every 10 purchased). Note - Members of Latest Deals have pointed out in Chat that sometimes they've needed to remind Cafe Nero staff to give the extra stamp:
- Here's the official page on Caffe Nero explaining you get an extra stamp for using your own cup. Go to the 'Cafe Nero App' section, half way down.
Plus, every Tuesday you can get a free coffee at Caffe Nero with O2 Priority. You still receive a stamp for this, which combined with everything else really helps you rack up those free coffees fast.
Finally, Caffe Nero has an app that you can collect the stamps on. If you pay with contactless the stamps are automatically applied to your account. Sometimes they give you bonus stamps although it has not yet been determined when or how this occurs. Furthermore, you're unable to receive extra stamps through the app for bringing your own cup (please get in touch if this changes).
- Wetherspoons offers free coffee refills every day until 2pm. Buy a coffee (prices start at just 80p) and ask for a refill. Plus, there's free WiFi so it's great place to do work from.
How to save money on coffee at home
ebay is an excellent place to buy cheap coffee. Manufacturers, distributors and merchants sell ground and whole bean coffee in bulk for less. For instance, in this deal I show how to get 1KG of Cafe Azzurro Oro Italiano coffee beans freshly ground to however you like it and delivered for about 20% cheaper than supermarkets. As its in a larger quantity than you'd normally buy, you may need to keep it sealed and refrigerated.
Buy whole beans and grind them yourself. You can save money if you buy coffee beans whole and then use an electric grinder. However, this won't be cheaper if you buy the whole beans at supermarkets. Because there is low customer demand for whole beans, prices are high in small quantities. Online retailers such as Discount Coffee sell large bags of coffee beans for less. For example, 4KG for £25. Once ground, this works out to be about half the price of instant coffee per serving (about 5p per cup).
Instant coffee is on average the cheapest per cup. Aldi's starts at £1.49 but Nescafe Original can be expensive - price comparison site MySupermarket shows it for over £5 at ASDA for just 200g. If you buy instant, switch to a home brand but note - taste differences are determined most by the milk and sugar you use, not the coffee. So if you think a different brand tastes disgusting, try altering the amount of sugar and milk you use first.
Buy in bulk and freeze it - Did you know you can freeze coffee? The handy website EatByDate explains ground coffee maintains its quality 5-6 months when frozen, and coffee beans up to 2 years. This means you can buy in bulk from a distributor (or ebay) and save a lot of money if you have the space. To defrost the coffee, simply leave out overnight.
Use a coffee machine - These have stormed in popularity in the last few years, including Tassimo, Nespresso and Lavazza. During Black Friday every year there is a surge in interest. As the graph below from Google Trends shows, demand for coffee machines has grown over the last 5 years with peaks every November:
Coffee machines work out cheaper in the long run than buying coffee from high street stores. However, there are big differences between the capsules and pods you must use. Our community is always on the look out for cheaper alternatives to the branded pods with discount supermarkets and Amazon leading the charge.
Free coffee at Waitrose
If you shop at Waitrose you can get a free coffee with every visit. There was a time when you could walk in, present your MyWaitrose card and get a free coffee. Now there's a minimum spend of £10. So this is only worthwhile if you're shopping there anyway.
What to look for when buying coffee beans
Coffees are not created equally. The type you choose can make a massive difference to your health. When choosing for a good cup, consider some of these key factors.
- Certified organic. Coffee that’s certified organic means that no herbicides, pesticides or chemicals have been used in the production of the blend.
- Fair trade. Many of the coffee-dependent workers around the world are in developing countries such as Colombia, Vietnam, Mexico and Brazil. Producing coffee is a job that’s labour intensive that yields very little income for the farmers. Fair trade allows the farmers to improve their position and also have more control over their lives.
- Mycotoxin-free. Mycotoxins are the fungal by-products that naturally grows on the beans. This include certain toxins that can make you feel somewhat overstimulated and jittery and can potentially lead to a number of health concerns.
- Single origin. Roasters will often tell you blends are made to create unique flavour profiles and a coffee that’s consistent, and single origin beans are more for coffee enthusiasts. Although this is true, but what they don’t tell you is that since coffee blends are beans mixed from multiple areas, you basically zero assurance of where your coffee comes from. So instead of buying a blend, buy from single origins to guarantee quality and decrease the growth of mycotoxin.
Top Tips from LD Members
I asked our community how they save money on coffee. Here are their replies:
- "I don't drink coffee. It saves me loads " - C. Butcher
- "Waitrose do free coffee or tea with their reward card, just make a purchase." - R. Lamb
- "Coffee is important to me I have a dolce gusto coffee machine so I buy the pods from ASDA as they always have offers on." - S. Jackson
- "O2 Priority on a Tuesday [at Cafe Nero] and work offers free coffee " - N. Sayle
- "Poundworld, they do decent coffee in there like named brands too." - A. Fulton
- "You get a free coffee everyday if you have a Debenhams credit card in the cafe or restaurant." - C. Loxston
- "I collect the stickers from McDonald's. I also have a DeLonghi coffee machine at home." - J. Nemcova
- "I collect Costa points and share them with my other half; the coffee slurper!" - C. McKenzie
- "We buy named brand coffees from the pound shops. Also collect the stamps from McDonalds." - C. McConnell
- "Ooh yes I also have Starbucks & Costa cards, collect the stamps from Millies cookies & the stickers from McDonald's too!" - S. Jackson
- "Drink tea. " - M. Coleman
"Got free cup at Nails Inc while having manicure though you can have a free prosecco" - L. Yip
- "Make your own then flask that mofo." - L. Neal
- "I buy Lyons coffee bags in Home Bargains and make myself a "take out" before leaving the house in my Starbucks reusable coffee mug " - L. Hall