For many a big cup of coffee is an established way to kickstart the day, but if you're regularly opting for a takeaway version, it's likely to be costing you a small fortune.
In fact, if you buy a medium americano from a high street coffee chain every day for a year it will typically set you back around £1,000.
With living costs on the rise, it's a good time to take stock of small daily costs such as this that can really add up, and look for opportunities to switch up your routine and save money.
If you're horrified at the thought of compromising on coffee, you might be surprised by the quality of some of the best instant coffees. The range of options has really expanded in recent years, enough to even .
We calculated how much it would cost to buy a medium americano every day for a year from three of the biggest coffee shop chains in the country, and compared it to the price of a daily cup of leading instant coffee, Nescafe Original.
By swapping your daily takeaway coffee for instant you could save yourself as much as £1043.90 a year (versus Starbucks).
Depending on your coffee of choice, you could see even bigger savings. If you're more of a latte person, yearly takeaway costs hit around £1,120 a year - or nearly £1,300 for speciality options.
By contrast, the cheapest instant coffee we tested was from Aldi, costing just 70p per 100g - which means your yearly spend could be as little as £2.52. But even the most luxurious instant coffee will still deliver serious savings versus shop-bought brews.
How much you'll save also depends on where you live, as chains tend to vary their prices across the UK. We've used London coffee shop prices - typically the most expensive region. Wherever you live though, it's clear there are substantial savings to be made.
*Coffee shop prices based on a medium americano in London stores, excluding any loyalty offers. Instant coffee price based on 365 servings of Nescafe Original instant coffee at typical price of £4.50 per 250g jar, using recommended serving size (one rounded teaspoon weighing 1.8g for a 250ml cup of coffee, which equates to 55.5 servings per 100g).
If you're worried about getting a less effective caffeine hit by switching to instant, you needn't be.
In fact, per serving a 30ml espresso shot actually has around the same amount of caffeine as your regular 250ml cup of instant coffee (65mg).
If you like it super strong, consider filter coffee - a 250ml cup of freshly ground filter coffee contains around 100mg of caffeine, making it one of the strongest coffees per serving. But it will cost you a little more per cup.
We asked a panel of 66 coffee-lovers to blind-taste nine supermarket own-label regular instant coffees alongside big-brand offerings from Nescafe and Kenco.
Just one coffee impressed our tasters enough to be named a Best Buy, but we also found a great-value instant that wasn't far off on flavour and cost less than half the price.