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 macchinetta, or automatic coffee machine, using quality coffee will change the experience.
If you’re a fan of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, 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 online, 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 Aeroccino 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.
Here are six of our favorite DIY latte recipes.
Chai Tea Latte
Chai tea is a rich and spiced tea that has been savored for centuries in many parts of the world, especially India and Africa. It is a common drink for kids in Tanzania and even more popular among tea-lovers that need a latte fix.
Green Tea Latte
Green tea lattes aren’t made with green tea. Instead they are made with matcha, a fine green tea powder made from shade grown tealeaves.