Gourmet or ground: coffee is coffee, right?

 Gourmet coffee shops may charge more for coffee, but the quality is reflected in that extra cost.

Gourmet coffee shops may charge more for coffee, but the quality is reflected in that extra cost.

By SUSIE REMPFER

Staff Writer

Coffee shops offer the luxury of gourmet blends, freshly brewed coffees, delicious desserts, as well as an area to socialize with old friends. But while currently working nights and weekends in this atmosphere it seems customers are less than satisfied. 

Each shift is filled with complaints from both frequenters and new customers. Usually the complaint is about the prices. Although places like Wawa, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s, and corner diners offer coffees for much less than several big name coffee shops, the taste and quality are lacking in comparison. 

The important thing to remember while arguing with your barista about price is that coffee shops specialize and focus on coffee, and not just any average brew. Coffee shops offer many gourmet blends and authentic roasts that are often imported from areas all around the world.  

“I get yelled at a lot by people who think the coffee’s too expensive,” said Nicole Kopp, a student at CCC who works at a coffee shop. “The important thing to realize is that my boss makes the prices, not me, and not the other people working behind the counter.”

Like Nicole, I’ve experienced these kinds of remarks from customers. For those who love specialty drinks like lattes and hate the prices, making these drinks at home can be a cheaper alternative. Although a lot of coffee shop drinks have complicated names, they are simple to make. By making popular coffee shop drinks at home, you can increase flavor and cut back on cost. 

One popular drink that is simple to make at home is the café mocha. This drink consists of one or two shots of espresso, depending on the strength desired. A chocolate syrup, or powder, is then added to the espresso and stirred together. Milk is then steamed to serve the drink hot, or poured in a cup of ice to make it a cold beverage. The chocolate espresso beverage is then mixed into the milk. In coffee shops, whipped cream is generally added for an additional treat. 

Cappuccinos are a simple, and tasty drink to make at home. A shot or two of espresso and steamed milk is all there is to it. To add additional taste flavored syrups like vanilla and caramel are available for reasonable prices at coffee shops and turn any coffee beverage into something sweet. 

For additional drink ideas and information the Internet is a great place to search. Not only can you learn to make drinks you can also find nearby coffee shops that aren’t as expensive as places like Starbucks. 

The next time you drink a flavorful gourmet coffee you won’t need to be dreading the cost, and you can enjoy it from the comforts of your own home.

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