Green Tea Chai Latte
Try as you might, passing by a Starbucks without going in for a latte is a hard thing to do. They’re delicious and deliver a much-needed jolt. The thing is, you could be spending that $5-plus on other things — and this is the age of DIY, so there is no reason you can’t get that coffee shop caffeine hit at home.
One of the reasons coffee shop drinks are so good is that the coffee they use is of high quality. We’re not talking Folgers crystals here — you’ve got to choose a strong, espresso-style coffee, preferably made with Arabica beans. Whether you prefer brewing in a French press, stovetop, or automatic coffee machine, using quality coffee will change the experience.
If you’re a fan of the, or PSL, you don’t have to wait until fall rolls again around to whip one up. There’s no actual pumpkin in it; instead, the flavor comes from pumpkin pie spice mix and a bit of spiced-up sugar syrup.
Tea drinkers can fill their latte love tank, too, with easy DIY recipes for chai tea lattes and green tea. Loose matcha and chai tea powder is easily found in supermarkets and, so you can customize your recipe to be as strong or weak as you like. Brew and mix with steamed or frothed milk and you’ve got the perfect at home latte. Nespresso makes a portable milk frother called the that can steam and cold froth milk for hot and iced lattes and cappuccinos. Or, froth it up in the blender and add to cold brewed or chilled coffee.