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4 Tasty Starbucks Coffees to Make at Home

Written by Phil

A coffee enthusiast and traveler, Phil primarily spends his days thinking and writing about coffee. He also writes for HittingEject.com where he explores ideas of culture, psychology, and travel, and occasionally dabbles in horror.

While many may dislike Starbucks’ treatment of coffee and the influence it wields on coffee’s culture as a whole, it’s hard to argue with their success at bringing coffee well into the mainstream. Without the green mermaid, plenty of beverages would otherwise have continued to dwell in obscurity.

Sure, plenty of the names don’t accurately represent what the beverage is (just order a macchiato in Italy, for example), but at least we’re now all familiar with the terms.

As such, I believe in celebrating coffee in all its stripes (and saving a few overpriced bucks in the process), so here is a list of the most popular drinks from Starbucks so you can make them at home.

This list is some of the best to make at home with the least amount of effort.


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(Mocha/Vanilla/Caramel) Frappuccino

Frappuccinos are actually incredibly easy to make, all you need is a few common ingredients and a blender. The beauty of the Frap is it’s a great summer beverage that flexibly allows you to add your own flavorings. Here are the basics:

(Mocha/Vanilla/Caramel) Frappuccino

Starbucks Frappuccinos from your own kitchen!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 200 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 2 shots Espresso or Moka pot coffee*
  • 1.5 cups Ice cubes
  • 1-2 cup Milk
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • Whipped cream optional

Flavoring (Whatever you want to put)

  • 2-3 tbsp Caramel or Chocolate Syrup
  • 0.5-1 tbsp Flavor Syrup Such as vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Add coffee, sugar, and syrup to the blender and blend on low until completely dissolved. If you want more syrup or you find it’s too thick, add a splash of milk.
  • Add milk, then ice cubes and blend until smooth
  • For a fancier finish, add whip cream to the top and sprinkle on a pinch of cinnamon or cocoa powder

Notes

*If you don’t have an espresso or Moka pot, you can sub in some hot water with instant/espresso coffee powder, about 1-2 tsp, with 0.25 cups of water.
Keyword Coffee, iced

Toasted Coconut Cold Brew Coffee


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Since we’re going to be frying it, maybe we should call it “fried coconut” cold brew coffee. Regardless, it tastes just as good. For this, you’re going to need to buy unsweetened (preferably organic) shredded coconut flakes – the kind you’d use in baking – not the snacking kind.

Finally, you’re going to need either a cold brew setup (some suggest the toddy (non-affiliate), but any will do) or if you aren’t sold on this whole cold brew thing and want to try it first, you can use a brew sock or some similar sort of food-grade cloth sack that will remove the solids. More on cold brew coffee here.

For those who want the least amount of work possible, you’ll just need some cheesecloth, a funnel, and two large containers.

Toasted Coconut Cold Brew Coffee

A tasty spin on classic summer coffee
Prep Time 5 mins
Resting Time 1 d
Total Time 1 d 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 15 kcal

Equipment

  • Cheese Cloth or Cold Brew Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 7 cups water cold or room temp
  • 0.75 – 1 cup unsweetened organic shredded coconut flakes (your call on the sweet or not)
  • 350 g coffee that’s ~12oz, coarse grind

Instructions
 

  • Brown coconut in frying pan without oil. Let flakes cool completely.
  • Lightly crush the coconut flakes with either a mortar and pestle or in a plastic bag with a rolling pin
  • Combine coffee grinds, and coconut flakes into the brewing container (if you’re using a toddy, plug the bottom from the outside)

Blooming – soak all the beans and ensure there are no dry clumps

  • (toddy / large container) Slowly add the water, about 1-2 cups at a time, waiting a minute between until all water has been added.
  • (Step for using socks) wet the coffee by pouring water into an opening in the bag, and let it sit for 30 seconds. Slowly add the rest of the water through the bag. Tie off the bag by using string or another method that’ll keep it contained.

Straining – Cover and wait 10-24 hours, depending on how strong you want it

  • (Toddy) Pull the plug and let it drain
  • (Sock) Pull out the sock
  • (Cheesecloth) Line a large funnel with a few layers of cheesecloth, thick enough that the debris and powder will be caught, but not so thick that it will take forever to drain. If impatient, clear off the grounds as you go.
Keyword Coconut, Coffee

(Resized) Photo by Lorraine Adeline. on Flickr

Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

I actually love pumpkin spice… anything. No, I’m not some sorority girl wearing sweatpants, but I can’t help that it does perfectly suit the feel of Autumn. Why limit something so delicious to that one season? Here’s how to easily make it at home any day of the week.

Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

Starbucks Fall Favorite in your own Home!
Prep Time 7 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 250 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup Coffee Strong
  • 0.25-0.5 cup Sugar
  • ¾ cup Canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin pie spice or Allspice
  • 1.5 cups Ice cubes
  • Whipped cream Optional

Instructions
 

  • Blend coffee, a dash of milk, and sugar.
  • Blend in canned pumpkin, remaining milk, and spices until smooth
  • Thoroughly blend ice into the mixture
  • Divide into two large glasses, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle spice on top
Keyword Coffee, iced

(Resized) Photo from Theo Crazzolara on Creative Commons

Vanilla (Iced) Dirty Chai Latte

I always have a soft spot for chai, whether with coffee or otherwise. But hey, this is a nice mix up for the summer to add a shot of espresso to a standard Vanilla Iced Chai. It’s one of those off-menu secrets that they’ll let you get away with at your local Starbucks if you request it.

Vanilla (Iced) Dirty Chai Latte

Just an explosion of flavor in your mouth, no big deal
Prep Time 8 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 150 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender (optional)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Brewed Chai Maharaja Chai from Teavana is perfect
  • 1-2 oz Espresso or Strong Coffee
  • 2 tbsp *Vanilla syrup
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1-2 handfuls Ice cubes
  • Whipped cream and caramel Optional

Instructions
 

  • Combine chai and coffee, then chill in the fridge until room temperature or cooler
  • (Optional) Pour into a tall glass
  • Stir in vanilla syrup
  • Add ice
  • Stir OR Blend
  • (Optional) Top with whipped cream and drizzle caramel

Notes

*you can sub in 1-2 tbsp simple syrup with 1-2 tsp of vanilla extract if necessary
Keyword Coffee, iced, Tea, Vanilla

Wrapping it up

I tried to choose some of the easiest to make coffees that would result in delicious drinks. Some of the sugar levels may be a bit off from your liking, but I’m open to whatever comments and suggestions you have!

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