Iced Raspberry Latte

I have something embarrassing to confess. But before you judge me, do realize that I am a college student and coffee is the only legal stimulant that I am able to carry to school and work.

On average, I spend about $5.50 for a cup of coffee. Multiply that by 7 cups a week and 52 weeks in a year, which would amount to$2,000.00 on coffee alone. YIKES! Any one else have pockets suddenly filled with holes?

It turns out, there is a way to make great tasting coffee at home which, according to my calculations, would cost around $1.30-1.75 per drink. You’re probably thinking that it’s time consuming and you can’t wake up early enough to make it yourself; that it would be much easier to grab it on the way to school or work. I find that if I grind the coffee in advanced, it takes me about 5-7 minutes to prepare my coffee and taste, is never compromised. So, if you’re interesting in making your coffee at home to save money, here are some tips and a recipe for a really good raspberry latte.

You’ll need:

  • a coffee grinder with different options for coarseness.
  • an Italian espresso maker
  • a packet of whole espresso beans (I’m using Starbucks’ espresso)
  • coffee syrup (i’m using Starbucks’ raspberry syrup here)
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup of milk of choice
  • a 16 ounce mason jar
  1. Grind coffee beans on the ‘fine’ option. The finer the grind, the more flavor is extracted into your espresso. If you like, you can ground up the whole bag to save time and store the grinds in an airtight container to use for the rest of the week.

2. Pour the 1/2 cup of water into the base of the espresso maker.

  1. Put the filter over the base and add 2 tablespoons of ground espresso. Then twist the top of the maker onto the base, make sure it is tight.
  2. Put the espresso maker over a stove until the espresso starts to steam at the top, which indicates that it is ready. In your mason, jar, add the 1 cup of milk and 4 pumps of raspberry syrup.

5. Pour the espresso into the mason jar and mix well.

6. Add ice and enjoy. πŸ˜€

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