Let's face it, throwing some instant granules into the bottom of a mug and adding some boiling water and milk is pretty quick and easy when you're craving a cup of coffee.
But you know the finished product is never going to be the same as a proper coffee shop cuppa, made using freshly ground beans and steaming hot milk.
The good news is that you don't have to go to Costa or Starbucks every time you want a caffeine fix, because with the right ingredients and equipment you can make equally good coffee at home. You just need a little patience. Good things come to those who wait, don't you know?
Alice Rendle, owner of Edgcumbes Coffee and Tea Company in West Sussex, told the Telegraph newspaper that choosing the right blend of coffee is key to a tasty cuppa.
"Always use a single origin coffee," she advised. "Each blend has its own distinctive flavour."
Fancy something nutty? Then go for Columbian. If earthy flavours tickle your tastebuds, then Kenyan is the choice for you. Or if you're a big chocoholic, then you'll enjoy Brazilian coffee.
You also need to think about the grind. Alice reckons that if you're using a cafetiere, you should use a coarse grind, while a finer grain is idea for homemade filter coffee.
Invest in a good grinder, grind the coffee as you need it and keep it in the freezer, as it will stay fresher for longer.
So now to the actual coffee making process. The experts at Edgcumbes Coffee and Tea Company believe you should always use more coffee than you think you need.
They also say you should never use boiling hot water. Instead, boil your kettle and wait a little while to let the water cool slightly.
And when adding the milk, don't just pour it in and stir. Froth it first by hand. You don't need an expensive coffee making machine to do this, as long as you use full fat milk.
Now all you need are some big bowl-like coffee mugs, a cafetiere cosy to keep your coffee warm and a delicious batch of home-made chocolate chip cookies, and you'll never have to take the trip to Starbucks ever again.