Giving up your daily trip to the coffee shop for a fancy, frothy or frozen drink can save serious cash, but it leaves you craving that caffeine jolt you need to get through the afternoon. Instead of returning to your bad habits, try making your own fancy coffee drinks at home.

Giving up your daily trip to the coffee shop for a fancy, frothy or frozen drink can save serious cash, but it leaves you craving that caffeine jolt you need to get through the afternoon. Instead of returning to your bad habits, try making your own fancy coffee drinks at home.


Study your cuppa


Brewing plain coffee is simple, but it might not satisfy your craving for those sweet, flavored lattes. The keys to recreating that coffee-shop concoction are preparation and investment. You will probably need to learn about high-end coffee and how to make it well.


Get the right equipment


Next, you need to invest in a cappuccino maker, coffee grinder and coffee roaster. You can generally expect to spend more than $1,000 on these appliances, which sounds steep. But consider that at $3 or $4 — or more — a pop, those daily frappuccinos can add up to more than $900 a year.


Sweat the small stuff


Other smaller investments will include reuseable coffee cups for your creations and supplies, such as coffee, milk, flavored syrups and whipped cream. Some at-home baristas also swear by bottled water rather than tap water for a quality cup of cappuccino.


Mix and match


Once you’ve brewed the perfect cup of joe, play with the other ingredients until you find the mix that suits you. Along with cutting back on costs, your homemade coffee treat can probably help you cut calories once you perfect your personalized blend.