I don't think it is a secret that I love Starbucks. Usually, I get a "grade iced cinnamon dolce non fat latte." LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! But then I decided to calculate the cost of my 'occasional' drink that was really 1-2 times a week, at $4.50 each. Over the course of a year, that is $234 for once a week or $468 for twice a week. Sometimes I even went more than twice a week and/or I got breakfast too! That is just wasteful!
In an effort to save money, I decided to make my own at home. There are some upfront costs to buy a coffee machine, the coffee, and the syrup, but in the long run it is worth it.
I buy the bags of Starbucks brand espresso (ground) from the grocery store for $7.99 each and add it to an air tight container. I don't have am latte everyday (they are a calorie bomb, honestly) so it lasts me awhile.
About a year ago, I bought a Mr. Coffee espresso maker on Amazon for $40 (I think it was closer to $30 when I bought it, but whatever). It makes small batches of coffee, enough for one cup to add to your container and go! I am not a fan of hot drinks (I occasionally drink hot chocolate), but this machine makes the coffee hot and also steams the milk for you. Perhaps you can make it in a regular coffee pot or a Keurig using expresso coffee. Use what you have, don't go out spending $$ when you are trying to save it.
The Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
You can buy the syrup at a local Starbucks store. Yep, for $12.95 (in my area that is) you can buy a HUGE bottle (don't forget to ask for the pump) and add the flavor to your own coffee (or buy it on Amazon). I use four pumps for a grande size drink. OR if you are into the whole cooking thing, here is a link to make your own syrup! O
You can always buy a cup on Amazon to put it in, but most people (I would think) have some insulated, reusable cups at home. (If not, hang around a trade show or convention, they are always giving them away). The cool thing about the Starbucks brand cups are, they have these nifty lines that tell you what measurements to pour your ingredients at. See the picture below? The lines tell you where to add the ingredients, so you won't have to measure them out!
I found this recipe online at Starbucks Food Service. I don't use whipped cream on mine though.
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