Meredith Foreman

Starbucks Quality Coffee at Home

Hey Guys! So fun fact about me I was a Starbucks Barista for 2 1/2 years. With that being said I would say I am someone you could trust when it comes to coffee. 
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The coffee system my fiancé and I use is the Nespresso VertuoPlus. We purchased the bundle that included the milk frother. If you enjoy drinking your coffee hot, and use milk/creamer, I HIGHLY recommend getting the milk frother, it is life changing. Prior to having a Nespresso, I owned two different espresso machines in the $100-250 range. Both of the machines I owned were worse than the Nespresso for three reasons. First, the Nespresso machine simply produces higher quality tasting coffee. Secondly, the Nespresso machine is much for time efficient. Thirdly, the other espresso machines I had were much messier than the Nespresso. The last two factors are attributed to having to grind the coffee beans, then pack and tamper the espresso, brew the espresso, and then clean the device that the ground espresso was brewed in; a lengthy and messy process! Nespresso pods are pre-ground, you put the pod into the machine to brew, and then the machine has an automatic system that empty’s the pod into a trashcan-like feature on the back of the machine.

Double Shot 
Single shot 

        PODS                                      
These two pods are my current go to’s for my coffee drinks. I am going to preface this by stating that I prefer a lighter, sweet tasting espresso versus the strong, almost burnt tasting espresso   (Nespresso goes into great detail describing each of their pods)

   FLAVORING
This is my current go to flavoring. I am all about the pumpkin spice! I found this flavoring at my local Safeway; it is the Torani pure made sauce, Pumpkin Pie flavored. They also have a syrup but the sauce taste more like Starbucks pumpkin spice syrup.

                                                             RECIPE

Fun fact Starbucks uses their cups to measure out their drinks! If you purchases their $3.00 reusable cup you will be able to easily measure out your coffee at home JUST like Starbuck’s does!
The indentation on the base of the cup is approximately how much syrup should be in your drink. If you are purchasing your syrup from Starbucks just ask for a pump as well and then you can have more accurate results. If you don’t have a pump just eyeball it/ use the indentation. Since the sauce does not have a pump you can just use the indentation. I go a little below the line becuase I like mine a little less sweet.

Syrup Pumps 
Tall-3
Grande-4
Venti (Iced)- 6
Venti (Hot)-5

After you add your syrup add your shot I use one double shot and one single shot in mine because I’m making a Venti sized Iced latte. Once my shots are in my cup I mix it so the syrup mixes/disintegrates into my hot espresso prior to adding my cold milk.

3 shots for a venti
2 shots for a gande
1 shot for a tall 

Milk
Standard milk used is 2% but you can use whatever you want, I use whole milk for my drinks. Fill  the milk of your choice and fill it to the top black line and then fill with ice and you are ready to go.

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