Homemade Lattes

Imagine not having to move from the comfort of your warm home to grab your morning coffee or afternoon pick me up?

Now imagine being able to make 10 of your own latte or espresso-based drink for the price of 1 at Starbucks.
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**Starbucks Grande Almond Milk Latte: $5.35 vs At Home Starbucks Almond Milk Latte: $0.51 ** 
(plus no added sugars from the sweetened almond milk) 
My guilty pleasure and biggest addiction was (and sometimes still is) opening my phone to the Starbucks app and ordering a grande almond milk latte to go, once a day, at minimum. To think of all the money I was throwing away, I mean spending, on Starbucks actually makes me mad when I could have been making 10 tastier versions for the price of 1, all in the comfort of my own apartment.

Not to mention all the added sugar that I could have been saving my body from. Little did I know, until I actually asked one day, that Starbucks almond milk is sweetened. No wonder why I became addicted. For my birthday a few years ago I was given an Espresso maker, 1. Because my coffee addiction is real, and it is very evident to everyone that knows me and 2. probably because they saw how much money I was spending.  Needless to say, my life has changed ever since in terms of saving money and an even stronger love for coffee.Now, don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy going to different coffee shops and sitting down to have coffee, especially if I am exploring a new city. But sometimes it’s nice to pause Netflix/whatever i’m working on, walk into the kitchen and walk back out within minutes, with latte in hand. Added bonus is that your house/apt will smell like freshly ground coffee, giving you the perfect ambiance to work/study/relax from home!

After opening my espresso machine, I set out to create my own Starbucks Almond Milk Latte at home. *Currently sipping on one now* The thought seemed daunting at first, especially after reading all the differing directions on how to master latte making. Through various trial and error over the years, I think I have finally mastered the latte of my preference. I have tried many espresso blends and the two that hold consistent are the Starbucks Espresso Roast and Illy Espresso Roast.

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I usually have a double shot, with about 6 oz of almond milk. The key, for me, is to foam it just a tad bit more than a usual latte and then steam the rest. I hold it at an angle, with the tip of the frother just touching the milk, and let the milk froth up into a nice foam for about 15 seconds. I then dip the frother into the milk and let it steam for about another 20 seconds. At first, I used to measure the temperature of the milk to a certain degree with a thermometer, trying to get it perfectly every time based on what I had researched – but that just became tedious, added an extra step and overall was a headache. By this point, I can just eyeball it and feel the temperature of the frothing pitcher or silent count in my head and know when it is about ready. But, you can just count and eyeball it as well!

Now, if you already have an espresso machine that has a built-in frother, that does it all for you, you need not worry about this step. I’ve also found that a major key to perfecting the espresso taste is all in the beans. You can either grind the beans daily, or grind a few days worth and keep it in an airtight container. In my opinion, freshly grinding the beans before each pull is the way to go. All it takes is about 20 extra seconds with this bad boy.

— Latte tip for extra sweetness, without the added sugars… Cinnamon! —

What are some of your espresso tips and tricks? Have a go to Espresso Based drink? Let us know in the comments below!

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