The Money-Saving Starbucks Hack For Sharing Coffee With Your Friends

It's hard to beat the flavors and varieties of Starbucks coffee, but let's face it, it's not always cheap. While making coffee at home can potentially save you hundreds of dollars per year, sipping expertly brewed coffee while socializing at a coffee shop is a great way to catch up with friends. Luckily, Starbucks lovers have come up with plenty of hacks to help you save money on your favorite coffee. If you're meeting friends at the store, for instance, save money by ordering a French Press to share instead of individual cups of coffee.

The French Press coffee comes in a 32-ounce or 45-ounce pot, depending on location, and costs around $4 to $5. Prices vary per region, but a regular short (8-ounce) cup of dark roast coffee costs around $2.55. So, ordering a 32-ounce French Press pot of coffee and splitting it four ways will cost you about half the amount of four short cups of coffee, or around just $1 per cup. Sharing is caring when it comes to friendship and saving money.

Best coffee roast to order with a French Press

A French press, also known as a cafetière (coffeemaker in French), is a cylindrical coffee pot typically made of glass with a strainer or plunger attached to the lid. To make coffee in a French press, you simply add coffee grounds and boiling water, let it brew, then use the plunger to push the grounds to the bottom. A French press will give you a robust, strong-tasting cup of coffee which some people prefer to regular drip coffee. Any coarsely ground coffee beans can be used in a French press, but it's generally recommended to choose a medium to dark roast to deliver the rich flavor French press coffee is known for.

If you're keen on sharing with friends at Starbucks, you can also order a venti coffee and split it with a friend to save about $2. A venti is 20 ounces so you'll still be left with more than a cup of coffee. The Starbucks Coffee Traveler is another convenient way to share coffee with larger groups of friends and coworkers. At around $25 (depending on location) for 12 servings or 96 ounces, each 8-ounce cup costs about $2.