For the experienced Starbucks veteran, there's something truly cathartic about that first sip of overpriced coffee on your morning commute.
Be it a macchiato, latte or one of those skinny, sugar-free caramel frappuccinos with extra whip, Starbucks will provide you with the goods, and they'll do it a cute smiley face on the side of the cup, too.
Naturally, when lockdown hit, it wasn't quite the same getting our morning caffeine fix from the kettle and, in all honesty, I think I actually missed having my name misspelt on a paper cup (my name is literally L-u-c-y).
Lo and behold, reader, there is a solution.
How to make Starbucks coffee at home
First up, the most important ingredient, the coffee.
How to make Starbucks coffee at home
1. CAFEPOD Craft Coffee Nespresso Compatible Aluminium Pods (Supercharger x 60 Pods)
2. CAFEPOD Craft Ground Coffee - 100% recyclable and resealable packaging. (Supercharger 4 x 200g)
3. CAFEPOD Craft Coffee Beans - 100% recyclable and resealable packaging (Supercharger 4 x 200g)
Introducing Cafepod's Supercharger Espresso coffee. No word of a lie, this stuff tastes more like Starbucks than the actual Starbucks brand coffee you can buy from the supermarket.
If you have a Nespresso pod machine, the Cafepod capsules are recyclable and you can get 60 of them for £18. If you use just two pods a coffee (my recommendation for a standard double shot), it works out at just 60p a drink - pretty good, right?
Next, the milk.
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1. Aeroccino3 Black
2. Nerthus French press coffee
Now, you're capable of buying your own milk but, unless you like a filter or Americano, you're going to want to be able to create some foam.
I use a Nespresso Aeroccino, but you can actually use a cafetiere/French press to foam your own milk. Here's a little tutorial (complete with some excellent innuendos...) from the one and only Holly and Phil:
If you're using a cafetiere to brew your coffee, too, then you might want to invest in another pot so you don't have to juggle both components in the same one. Plus, you can get them for as little as £6.
Lastly, the cherry on top, the syrup.
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1. Monin Premium Coffee Syrup Gift Set 3 x 5cl
2. Monin Premium Hazelnut Sugar Free Syrup 1L
3. Monin Premium Caramel Sugar Free Syrup 1L
4. Monin Premium Vanilla Sugar Free Syrup 1L
5. Monin Premium Hazelnut Syrup 1L
6. Monin Premium Caramel Syrup 1L
7. Monin Premium Vanilla Syrup 1L
At Starbucks, syrup is practically a requirement of your order. I'm joking but, also, if you're as basic as some of us here (🙋🏼♀️), it really is an essential part of the drink...
Once again, Starbucks use their own brand syrups but, if you ask me, the best you can buy are from Monin.
You can get Caramel, Vanilla, Hazelnut and, the best part? They're available in sugar-free varieties.
I'd recommend about a dessert spoon sized glug of syrup in a standard mug. Of course, if you're using your trusty Sports Direct mug, you're going to want a tad more.
Well, there you have it folks, the tried and tested formula for a perfect Starbucks at home. Bon appétit!
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So, you've got all your equipment and ingredients and now you're a bit flustered about how to actually make your coffee?
Not to worry, here's a quick step-by-step:
1. If you're using syrup, start by pouring one dessert spoon's worth into the base of your mug.
2. Either pour two shots of coffee using your Nespresso/coffee machine into your mug (two pod's worth, each using the single shot setting). Or, if you're using a French press, use one tbsp of ground coffee per mug, dilute with 125ml of water, and then pour enough to fill approximately 1/3 of the mug.
3. Heat your milk in an Aeroccino or, microwave enough milk to fill the remaining space in your mug (around one minute to a minute and a half) and then plunge to create foam in a French press.
4. Pour the milk on top of the coffee and you're good to go - enjoy ☕️.