Make your own fancy pants Starbucks vanilla latte

images.jpgIn a response to my own response to reader HoHoHo on Friday’s post, I went a’ Googlin’ and found exactly how to make Starbucks’ vanilla latte that I love so much. It is strictly a reward drink for me, to be savoured only after big wins (Graydon learns to self-inject and does one on the spot) or big losses (drop me a line if you really want to know!). The same article has great instructions for making a variety of Starbucks’ bevvies. I have the coffee, correct grind, milk, pitcher for milk, even the vanilla syrup and another syrup—macadamia nut and vanilla. I do need one little thing, a thermometer to measure the temp of the milk, and a medium thing, an espresso maker with a milk steamer. Hmmm. I’ll be getting right on that. In the meantime, if anyone has an espresso machine they’d like to sell at a reasonable price, leave a comment or email me at If you live close, I’ll come pick it up.

I celebrated my birthday last Saturday, and if I scrape together the cash gifts (yay to family), I think I can add an espresso maker to the one-cup Bodum coffee plunger I’ve been using for two and a half years. Then every day I’ll have the potential of a superior $4 cup of coffee for a fraction of the price. And then I can start celebrating every little, teeny thing.

I hear the kettle clicking—gotta go!


2 Responses

  1. Hey, my friend Terry makes lattes every morning. She’s a Chefs School grad and doesn’t have any fancy coffee machines. She makes her coffee in a bodum/plunger coffee maker. While that’s happening she takes skimmed milk in a saucepan and a whisk. Yeah, it’s work, but it’s fabulous. She whisks like crazy as she heats the milk. Way cheaper than a steamer thing, which just clogs anyway. And I think it’s good for the triceps.

  2. Hey back! I happen to have a lovely collection of pots—All-Clad, Calphalon, Paderno and Cuisinart—and whisks, so it’s off to the races. I need to buy a vanilla bean first, so it may take a little while. Thank your Chef School grad friend for the idea, and I could always use a little help on the triceps (now that sleeveless weather is here. But that’s another gripe!!).

    Stay tuned!

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