Coffee is one of the most popular drinks on the planet. Eventually though all of us get tired of drinking the same kind of coffee drink and want to mix things up a bit. I myself have experimented a great deal making various coffee drinks. I like to go to places like Starbucks, Allan Brothers, and Dutch Brothers and after tasting a delicious coffee drink I think about how I can make it myself. It may take some time but after some practice you too can make some great coffee drinks for cheap. After all we all know that the actual worth of the drink is probably only about 10% of what we pay for it. The following are two of my favorite specialty coffee drinks and you can be make them yourself using these methods for about a dollar a cup. So here are a couple methods and tips to help get you started towards making some cheap and delicious specialty coffee drinks.
The traditional way to make Mocha is to use espresso, steamed milk, and chocolate syrup. I have tried this method numerous times and have had mixed results. Here’s my specialty way for making Mochas. I find that it is far easier and cheaper buy chocolate cocoa powder in bulk and use this as a replacement for the syrup. Since I don’t own an espresso machine I just use regular coffee to make the mocha. I find that a medium roast works the best. When you make your mocha use about 2 scoops of cocoa powder, and fill the cup up a little more than half way with freshly brewed coffee and fill the rest of the glass up with milk. After some stiring you’ve got yourself a great tasting mocha that’s super cheap to make! This specialty coffee drink is my favorite to make for long study sessions during final exams.
The Caramel Macchiato
I personally think this has to be one of Starbucks best specialty drinks. How they make it is they add steamed milk than espresso, 3 pumps of vanilla syrup, and finally some caramel syrup on top. So the tricky thing about the caramel Macchiato is that most of the sweet flavor isn’t caramel but rather vanilla. To recreate this in a cheaper fashion I experimented with both vanilla and caramel syrups. This was a really difficult coffee drink to try and recreate without using Starbucks brand syrup. You can come close however by buying some vanilla syrup and a jar of caramel (usually sold as a topping for ice cream) at the store. After adding the milk and espresso in that order put 3-4 spoon scoops of vanilla syrup and one spoon scoop of caramel.
You will be making delicious drinks in no time, and through experimenting you can fine tune your cups of coffee to taste exactly how you want them too. The greatest benefit to making your own specialty coffee drinks is that you will save tons of money. So experiment for yourself to try and make your own specialty coffee drinks.