According to The Consumerist, a recent survey found the average American spends $1,092 a year (!) on coffee. It’s also pretty common knowledge that a lot of those greenbacks are spent at a certain famous coffee shop with over 5 million customers per week. (Per week!) How much do you spend on coffee? Is it draining your bank account even as it gives you more motivation to “get stuff done?” What if you could still get the perks of drinking your favorite coffee drink, but save a whole lot of cash? Well, you can.
Yes, it’s true; depending upon what drinks you prefer, you might need to invest in a few tools, like a milk foam wand ($20 or $30) or an espresso maker (about $20 for a stove top model), but at the end of the year, you’ll still be money ahead. Way ahead.
Your Favorite Coffee Drink Recipes
Gourmet Recipe offers recipes for some of the most popular coffee drinks, including caramel macchiato, hazelnut mocha latte, iced coffee, classic cappuccino, café au lait, and café frapp. You can also Google the name of your favorite drink, plus the word “recipe” – or try searching “make [name of coffee drink].” I’d be surprised if the Internet didn’t provide a great recipe for your favorite coffee drink.
Homemade Mocha Frapp Recipe
My favorite coffee drink is a frapp. (The term frappuchino is trademarked.) Here’s my very-similar-to-that-famous-coffee-shop version.
1 1/2 cups crushed iced
2 (1 oz.) shots of espresso*
3/4 cup of milk
About 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
whipped cream (optional)
In a blender, pour all the ingredients except the optional whipped cream. Blend for 30 to 45 seconds. Pour the drink into a glass and top with canned or homemade whipped cream, if desired. Add a little chocolate syrup to the top of the whipped cream, if you like. Serve with a straw.
* For a cheaper alternative, substitute the shots of espresso with 3/4 cup of strong (double strength) coffee with 1/2 cup of milk stirred in. Then use ¼ cup crushed ice, instead of 1 ½ cups.
NOTE: I’ve never had trouble with my frapps separating – probably because I use whole milk – but if you do experience this difficulty, add 1 teaspoon dry (not liquid) pectin. Pectin is available where home canning supplies are sold. Xanthan gum works, too, but may not be available in local stores.
Total cost of 1 Mocha frapp? About 40 cents!
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