How making your own take-away coffee at home will save you money


This post is sponsored by Harris Coffee

I can’t believe that I went through all my 20’s without drinking coffee, I really cherish my morning coffee time.  I have 2 cups of coffee each day, one in the morning after the kids go to school or after my gym session, then another at 2pm before I pick the kids up from school.  I like to have it in peace before the afternoon rush and noise begins.

As I’m only new to the coffee world I find I am very picky with my coffee and really don’t enjoy most of the coffee’s from the coffee shops, I really do prefer the flavours I have at home.  Even so on a recent girls day out I bought my own coffee from home and drove my friends through a coffee shop drive through.  Why??  The benefit is I am having the coffee flavour I enjoy plus it’s cheaper, I’m a bit of a scrooge and am very reluctant to spend money on takeaway coffee.

Take an extra 3-5 minutes in your morning routine to make your own take-away coffee

save money & save time rather than waiting in line for take-away coffee

How much you can save

According to the Harris Rise and Grind Survey, the average at home coffee drinker spends a mere $66 per year on coffee, with each cup costing only $0.30-$0.50, depending on how much sugar and milk you use.

Buying coffee from a coffee shop on average can cost $3.50 x 20 purchases per month = $70 a month.  But imagine this x 12 months = $840.  Can you imagine another way to spend this money, in our family there is always something beneficial, family weekend away, kids sports, family nights out etc.

How to take away coffee

We are all busy and sometimes we need to have our coffee on the run, and that’s when you may think that takeaway coffee is convenient.  Instead, boil the kettle and prepare your coffee as you are doing your last minute rounds before leaving the house, I do this while I am brushing my teeth and locking up the house.  Making your own coffee doesn’t take long. I have two different types of travel cups/mugs I use:

Reusable Travel Mug

I use the Contigo Stainless Steel Autoseal Travel Mug.  This mug is unbelievable with how long it keeps the coffee inside hot.  The vacuum insulated technology keeps beverages hot for 4 hours.


Disposable Coffee Cups

I use disposable coffee cups for when I am heading to the airport and going away for a few days, this way I can throw away the cup unlike a reusable mug which will start to smell if left in the car.  Pack of 25 cups are available from Officeworks for as little as $5.34.

{The-Organised-Housewife}-Takeaway-coffee-from-home-can-save-you-money-2Making coffee from home tips

  • If you like to grind your own beans invest in good tasting beans, these are available at the supermarket. Harris beans are roasted and blended in Australia, not overseas, which drastically enhances everything about the bean including the taste, quality, freshness, shelf-life and flavour dynamic
  • Only put the amount of beans you plan to use into the top of the grinder and don’t grind them until just before you’re about to extract the coffee. It’s best to use your new coffee grinds within 10 mins of grinding them
  • There are many different grinders available Kmart Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder $20.00 and Breville have a range of them from $3.95 – $299.95
  • If you like the coffee blends, plungers are very inexpensive – available at Kmart for only $10
  • Try all the different flavours till you find the perfect one for you, Harris is passionate about sourcing the world’s finest beans and creating unique blends to suit all Australian tastes.  Harris Coffee range consists of six roasts and ground coffee blends – Espresso, Premium, Black Label, Reserve Colombian, Signature Blend and Decaffeinated – available at all major supermarkets.
  • Always use fresh coffee. It’s better to buy coffee as you need it rather than buy a lot in bulk as the fresher the coffee is, the better it will taste
  • Plunger coffee should brew for 3 – 4 minutes – leaving it longer will only make it bitter. If you prefer it strong, try adding an extra tablespoon of coffee instead
  • The best way to keep coffee is in an opaque, airtight container in a dark, cool and dry place – like a pantry. Try and keep it away from moisture – especially wet spoons!


Don’t get me wrong though, it’s Ok to splurge at the coffee shop occasionally, especially when meeting up girlfriends!


Coffee and Walnut Muffins

My coffee hit doesn’t need to just be in the form of a hot cuppa, I don’t mind getting it via a delicious muffin, cake or dessert too, love the smell through the house when it’s baking in the oven.  This muffin is light and has a lovely crunchy topping.  I use 3/4 cup of brewed Harris Coffee to give it a lovely flavour, perfect for morning or afternoon tea!



Coffee and Walnut Muffins

  • Author: Katrina
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  • 1 1/2 cups Self Raising Flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup brewed Harris Coffee, cooled
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg


  • 1/2 cup Plain Flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon connamon
  • 56g cold butter, grated
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Line muffin tin with 10 muffin paper cases
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar and cinnamon, stir
  4. Add coffee, oil and egg, mix together but do not over mix
  5. Divide mixture evenly into muffin cases
  6. In a small bowl add flour, sugar and cinnamon, stir
  7. Add in butter, use your fingertips to combine
  8. Stir through walnuts
  9. Sprinkle over the top of muffin mixture
  10. Bake in oven for 15-18 minutes or until browned and cooked through
  11. Leave in pan for 5 minutes, then place on rack to completely cool.

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LadyKatherine Margaret May 19, 2014 - 8:31 PM

Add milk before hot water in coffee cup.

Tanya Sewell May 19, 2014 - 8:44 PM

I use caramel or chocolate topping as a coffee syrup. You get your fancy flavored mocha or caramel latte at home. A friend of mine always gives the milk bottle a good shake before adding it to her coffee so she gets a little froth

Michelle Brooke May 19, 2014 - 8:48 PM

Get someone else to make it for you! 8yo son can do most of it using a proper expresso machine – he grinds the coffee beans, tamps it, pushes the necessary buttons, and pours the coffee. So he can make dad’s coffee (black) but isn’t allowed to froth milk yet so needs help at the end to make mine!!

Betty Raasch Carlson May 19, 2014 - 9:18 PM

We have a kerig and reusable pods. My treat way to drink is to melt a good choice chocolate in the cup before adding my milk. The best is a raspberry chocolate. Yummy!

Claire Maslin May 19, 2014 - 9:33 PM

Add a little vanilla to your home made coffee feels very gloria jean glamorous! and always use hot water to heat up your travel mug inside first will keep your coffee hotter longer

Leah Carey May 19, 2014 - 10:52 PM

I like to use my Tupperware quick shake and mix up a teaspoon of coffee with half a cup of skim and half cup boiling water. Shake gently holding lid to froth. Drink straight from quick shake. Great to take with you in a hurry like kids sporting and dance activities. Gotta have my coffee fix. Thanks for this Katrina.

Caroline Manson May 19, 2014 - 11:13 PM

When using a plunger make sure you wait for the bubbles to die down once the water has boiled, otherwise the coffee can taste bitter

Career 'A Go-Go May 19, 2014 - 11:27 PM

When I was pregnant I allowed myself one coffee a day and it was a home made coffee using our stove top espresso coffee pot. If I was only allowed one coffee it had to be good. Although I must say when I am working at an office I do like the morning ritual of walking to the local coffee shop. Its a great way to get to know your colleagues, not to mention getting away from your desk.

Nikki Parkinson-Hubbard May 20, 2014 - 12:18 AM

I’m a long black girl generally but have started having flat whites again using coconut milk (actually it’s a blend of coconut and rice milk) which sounds like it may not work but it does – for me anyway!

Danni Wright May 20, 2014 - 1:29 AM

I love to use my Moka pot (coffee maker) & to use organic, fair trade coffee grounds when I make coffee at home – the feel good factor is a bonus! 😉

Debbie Lee May 20, 2014 - 2:24 AM

I add some caramel syrup, or lately a teaspoon of cacao- tastes just like chocolate but has loads of anti oxidants etc. So it feels like I’m still doing something ‘good’ for me:)

Luke Perkins May 20, 2014 - 8:45 AM

More of a summer tip here, but I’ve found that the Vietnamese coffee filter (very cheap, just check ebay!) makes a beautiful iced coffee. Just add a tablespoon or two of condensed milk, and lots of ice.

Wendy Dawn Sheffield May 20, 2014 - 8:46 AM

I do a quick instant coffee heading out the door. I do like to splurge on a syrup for a mid morningsweeter coffee treat or to take with me to the park with my DS. He is the one standing next to me with a reuseable coffee cup to drink his tea (always a no caffine one) from

Rebecca Court May 20, 2014 - 9:00 AM

I enjoy my iced coffee, but that get expensive, so I make my own. To make the perfect serve, in the blender add your perfect measure of brown sugar (me it’s one soup spoon for the glass I use), blend for 20 seconds, then measure in your glass half a glass of ice cubes, top to 3/4 with milk, add coffee and milk/ice to the blender and blend for another 30 seconds. Enjoy!

Nadine May 20, 2014 - 9:16 AM

I put my milk in the mug and heat it in the microwave while waiting for the plunger to finish it’s work. Then the milk and mug are both warm before the coffee goes in and keeps the heat longer.

Miss Maudy May 20, 2014 - 9:45 AM

We invested in a “Smart Pitcher” for making coffees at home. It has an indicator on the side that changes colour when the milk is at the right temperature. It’s wonderful! Perfect coffee every time we use it. I still buy my mid morning coffee though.

Juli Szasz May 20, 2014 - 10:12 AM

I often bake with decaffeinated coffee instead – it means I can eat the treat as dessert (caffeine at night keeps me awake) or that the kids can have a “grown-up” treat

Beck May 20, 2014 - 10:15 AM

I LOVE having a freshly brewed coffee after dropping the kids off to school. My husband is the ‘chief barista’ in our house. Our tip? Make sure the beans are as fresh as possible. Beans start to go stale 4 weeks after roasting. 🙂

SavvieV May 20, 2014 - 11:52 AM

We have been using disposable cups like the one pictured for a while now! We only have a nespresso machine but I find that good enough for me! A great addition to the 40 min train journey or 1hr in the car! Just throw it in the bin when you arrive! I am fresh and ready for the working day as soon as I get into the office!

Lisa June 21, 2015 - 10:27 PM

No offense, but this sounds terrible for the environment

Kristel Rollings May 20, 2014 - 4:08 PM

We have a nespresso machine. I love to make a cappuccinos, pour some Sambucca in some shot glasses and have a couple of squares of chocolate with my husband on a cold wintery night after the kids are in bed.

Glenis Okeefe May 20, 2014 - 4:49 PM

A good quality reusable coffee cup is a great investment and sure beats the heck out of tacky throwaway cups. We just might earn brownie points for thinking of the environment!
On the other hand for when you are at home, invest in a nice china coffee mug to use everyday; putting away for best is so granny – lets spoil ourselves today, we are worth it ladies!

Betty Carlson June 12, 2014 - 1:54 PM

Don’t keep anything for good or company only. We are not promised a tomorrow so live today like it is your last. Why should company be treated better than we treat ourselves or our family?

Bronwyn May 20, 2014 - 8:41 PM

I like to put a shot of kalula in my iced coffee…. yummy! 🙂

Jody Buhagiar May 21, 2014 - 7:55 AM

My best tip is to let someone else make it 🙂 Why does it always taste better!!!

Vanessa May 21, 2014 - 9:40 AM

I picked up a random Kogan coffee machine and it’s my favourite appliance in the house – I don’t know what I’d do without it! It takes beans and powder and no washing (love that)!
I take a coffee to Saturday morning netball in winter (because the coffee guy isn’t great or even good for that matter).

– Good reusable coffee cup
– Pre-heat the cup with some hot water whilst you get everything else ready
– Heat up your milk
– Freshly grind the beans
– Prepare coffee (fresh beans)
– Dust with chocolate powder (that’s my favourite bit)!!!

Enjoy whilst watching the kids play sport.

Kevin Kelly May 21, 2014 - 4:39 PM

I drink good flavored instant coffee and I am one for keeping everything spotless from the cups to the jug especially cleaning it out regularly with a drop of vinegar to remove any scum that builds up on the bottom.

Kate Tallon May 22, 2014 - 6:27 AM

My best coffee making tip is to avoid having me make one. I don’t drink coffee so I don’t make very good coffee. My Dad on the other hand loves coffee and according to the rest of my coffee drinking family he is very good at it. The thing he always says to me is to get fresh beans, preferably roasted in the last two weeks.

Lanette Crewes May 23, 2014 - 12:57 AM

The best coffee is the one my husband makes in our Home Cafe machine. Just because he makes it is why it is the best!!

Lanette Crewes May 23, 2014 - 12:57 AM

The best coffee is the one my husband makes in our Home Cafe machine. Just because he makes it is why it is the best!!

Laila Cox May 23, 2014 - 8:16 AM

Hubby makes the best coffee using our coffee machine. But if I’m by myself I use my coffee plunger and warm up some milk with my aldi milk warmer/frother. They are a great investment!

Kerri Geoghegan May 24, 2014 - 12:55 AM

I don’t drink a huge amount of coffee. But when I do, I like it take the time to sit down and savour it 🙂 Whether I make it at home or buy it I never seem to enjoy it as much if I’m rushing around!

Kat Hosking May 24, 2014 - 5:43 AM

We fill the drip machine up at night so it’s all ready to go in the morning – perfect for bleary-eyed monsters (ie me, after being up at night with the baby) and for hubby to fill up a thermos cup on his way out the door.

Nicola May 24, 2014 - 10:21 AM

A shot of fresh coffee, microwaved milk, a heaped spoonful of chocolate powder and viola! Thrifty and delish mocha to go!

Karen.E May 24, 2014 - 5:01 PM

We have a capsule coffee machine with separate milk frother. My husband has only started drinking coffee this year and is very picky 😉

Sally G May 24, 2014 - 8:50 PM

I make my morning coffee at home. I keep my beans in the fridge, grind enough for one cup, boil the water, let it sit 30secs then add to the beans. It brews for 2 mins, then I plunge it. Best tip: buy a small bag of exceptional beans and keep them in the fridge.

Ariane Bowie May 25, 2014 - 12:02 PM

Mmm I love Plunger coffee and I also make Tiramiso, it is delicious, so creamjy and coffee tasting

Rene'e Hermansen May 27, 2014 - 7:58 AM

i make my coffee in my little flask to take to work in the mornings. it is only instant but it is perfect for the quick getaway in the morning.

Michelle Gray June 1, 2014 - 11:11 AM

My best home made coffee tip is to keep the grinds and use them in the garden, great way to recycle.

Clinton M June 1, 2014 - 9:03 PM

The best tip I can give is with something so simple and shop savvy – citric acid! I use it to clean my coffee machine and grinder. Doesn’t alter the amazing taste, isn’t laden with artificial cleaners and makes a not so great job easy peasy!

sonia June 2, 2014 - 10:25 AM

Have someone else make it…but offer to clean up so I can collect the coffee grounds for my veges…

Charlotte June 2, 2014 - 12:52 PM

My tip is simple but something I swear by – add a dash of cinnamon to your morning coffee instead of sugar. It tricks your tastebuds into thinking the coffee is sweetened without the unhealthy addition of sugar, and gives your digestive system a kick-start so you will burn more fat throughout the day. Plus, it’s super tasty!!!!!

melanie w June 2, 2014 - 1:38 PM

Keep your coffee beans in the freezer for freshness and grind as you need them. For a chocolatey treat add a spoonful of hot chocolate to your coffee for an easy mocha.

Kylie June 21, 2014 - 7:02 AM

I have never thought about how much I spend on coffee until this week! Anywhere from $15-$40 a week….eeek! Going to invest in an Aldi pod machine, hopefully that helps! Cannot stand instant coffee so that is not an option! Wish me luck!!!

Katrina June 21, 2014 - 7:09 AM

Good luck Kylie, you will save so much money!


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