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DIY Starbucks Drinks

Here is the scoop you guys: I have a coffee addiction. Mostly, I blame the girls for this, because no normal human and keep up with their shenanigans without a decent amount of caffeine. For years, I spent countless dollars, and so much time in the drive-through line at Starbucks waiting to get my Grande White Chocolate Americano or Iced Caramel Macchiato . And it’s so dumb, because I’ve had my espresso machine since the beginning of time. Seriously, I think I got the thing in high school when I worked at a local coffee shop and was totally convinced that I would make my own espresso drinks at home. No. I can’t even count on one hand the number of times I have brought this thing out of storage and thought “this is it, this time I’m really going to start making coffee at home” and failed. Then it ended up back in the pantry collecting dust.

Several months ago my husband started the Keto diet and I began limiting my sugar and carbohydrate intake also. I took a really good, hard look at my diet and considered what I was consuming that was really not good. The standout: my Starbucks addiction. I knew it was time to tackle it head on, so I pulled out the old, trusty MR. COFFEE espresso machine and went to town.

Here is how I use my $40 espresso machine to REPLACE my Starbucks espresso drink addiction:

First, you need an espresso machine. I use the equivalent of this one. Mine just happens to be about 7 generations older than this model.

Next, you need coffee. At first, I refused to buy anything special because I knew my history. History told me that I’d go out and buy special espresso beans and then use this thing one time and all the beans would go to waste. So, at first I just used regular, medium-roast coffee grinds. Honestly, it was really good that way! But, after I’d proven to myself that I was going to stick with it, I decided to go ahead and buy espresso beans. I use these ones that are roasted by Starbucks specifically for Costco. They are awesome, but any espresso beans would work. You can also usually buy espresso beans directly from coffee shops and they will grind them for you.

*Note: if you don’t have a coffee grinder you’re going to want to look for pre-ground espresso beans, or get yourself a grinder. The ones I use are whole beans.*

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Now here is where you can get creative. You can make basically any espresso drink you want to – the world is your oyster. I usually go one of three ways. Iced Caramel Macchiato, Iced Sugar-Free White Chocolate and Sugar-Free Raspberry Americano, or Hot Sugar Free White Chocolate Americano. Obviously, you don’t have to go sugar-free and you can pick whatever flavor you want.

For the Iced Caramel Macchiato:

  1. Fill a 20 oz cup with ice
  2. Add about 2-3 tbsp of SF vanilla flavoring over the ice
  3. Follow the instructions on your espresso machine to pull 2 espresso shots and pour them over the ice
  4. Fill the cup with milk (I use whole milk)
  5. Drizzle caramel sauce over the top
  6. Stir & enjoy

For the Iced SF White Chocolate & SF Raspberry Americano:

  1. Fill a 20 oz cup with ice
  2. Add about 2 tbsp of SF white chocolate flavoring and 1 tbsp SF raspberry flavoring
  3. Follow the instructions on your espresso machine to pull 2 espresso shots and pour them over the ice
  4. Fill the cup with cold water
  5. Add a splash of cream (optional)
  6. Stir & enjoy

For the Hot SF White Chocolate Americano:

  1. Pour 2-3 tbsp of SF white chocolate into 16 oz mug
  2. Boil 2 cups of water
  3. Follow the instructions on your espresso machine to pull 2 espresso shots and pour them into the mug
  4. Fill the mug with hot water
  5. Add a splash of cream (optional)
  6. Stir and enjoy

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do. And please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!!!

Jen

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