A TikToker has sparked discussion on the platform after showing her home Starbucks setup, which she claims allows her to make nearly identical drinks to the famous coffee chain at a substantially lower cost.
User Coco (@cosettecutie), who boasts 260,000 followers, posted the video just a few days ago, adding to a long list of Starbucks-related content on her page. It amassed over 2.1 million views.
“Pov: you built yourself a mini starbucks & now you never have to pay $7 for a drink ever again,” the text overlay reads.
“This is your sign to learn how to make your starbucks order at home!!!” the caption reads.
@cosettecutie This is your sign to learn how to make your starbucks order at home!!! #starbucksathome #starbies #sbux #coffee #cofffee ♬ оригинальный звук – Мария – Stories • SMM
At first, many users were critical of Coco’s Starbucks-at-home setup, with several users pointing out the up-front cost and learning needed to make the drinks as a primary reason for not making their own.
“Now you just have to pay for the machine, cups, ingredients, and learn how to make them,” a commenter wrote.
“This is arguably more expensive lol,” another stated.
But as one adds up the cost of each of the items in her home Starbucks, the costs may be smaller in the long-term for a frequent Starbucks guest.
For example, the main coffee maker visible in her video is the Breville BES870XL, which runs around $700, according to Amazon. In other videos she mentions an Aeropress ($40), and there is also a Nespresso machine visible in much of her content (she recommends the Nespresso C122-US-CH-NE, which costs $350, per Amazon). Each syrup costs around $10 to $15, plus an additional one-time cost of $5 for each pump.
As Coco says she reuses cups, estimating on the higher side of the products visible in this video, the total cost of her setup is over $1,600.
That means if one were to replace their purchase of a $5 Grande white chocolate mocha from Starbucks every day with a homemade version, they would recoup their costs in just over a year, factoring for the price of coffee and additional syrups. If the drink was one of Starbucks’ pricier options, such as the $7 drink Coco mentions in her video, the costs would be recouped even sooner.
A user explained it thusly: “YES, the initial cost for all that material is more. but after a certain amount of drinks you’re saving. it’s just math.”
For her part, Coco estimates in comments that the actual cost of her take on the Starbucks iced vanilla latte is $1.05.