Summer’s right around the corner (or so we’re told!), and for caffeine-lovers that means one thing: iced coffee season. Whether you prefer black coffee, a creamy latte, or even iced tea, there’s is no better time to slurp down a perfectly chilled refreshment.
The downside? Iced beverages are kind of expensive. Unlike your regular cup of Joe, which is only a dollar or two — or better yet, free at your office — the iced variety can cost anywhere between three to five dollars, sometimes more! And because the average person spends over $1,000 on coffee per year, it’s a considerable dip into your summer vacation fund.
You know the drill by now, though: You’ll save lots of money if you just make your own coffee at home and skip the fancy barista. And so, here are four great options to help all you iced coffee fiends get your fill this summer — without stepping foot in a coffee shop. Unless you need to buy more beans, that is.
At first glance, Takeya’s iced coffee maker looks like your average pitcher. But with a built-in fine-mesh filter in the middle, it’s more than that. Just brew your coffee concentrate, take the filter out, and put the pitcher back in the fridge. It really doesn’t get much easier than that. And more than 2,700 reviewers agree (it has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon, plus that “Amazon’s Choice” badge).