Thursday, March 3, 2016

sorry Starbucks, but we have to break up.

You know what I thought was cool, but really isn't cool? Buying your coffee out every day. 
Its a terrible habit, I know. I just look forward to it every day. Its like my own little way of being pampered. I do my own gel manicures at home, don't get pedis or massages, so I figure meh, $5 a day isn't terrible.
Until I went to my local Starbucks drive-thru and ordered an Iced Venti Soy Caramel Macchiato & she told me my total was $6.10. SIX DOLLARS!? Do you REALIZE what I could be doing with SIX DOLLARS, LADY!? 
I am pleased to say that that $0.50 extra that my coffee seemed to have gone up made me say actually, no thank you, and drive away.

So, I came up with a different solution. You see, I have all the ingredients at home to make my own drink.
We even have our own Verissimo machine thats essentially like an espresso maker. In fact, its marketed strictly for Starbucks, and they sell it in store.
Like the suckers we are, a few years ago my hubby and I decided that "we can totally make our own drinks at home!" and bought one.
While he mastered his Gingerbread Latte, I continued secretly going to Starbucks.
I'm a bad person, I know. 
However, we only used it a total of about 10 times, until it sat collecting dust and took up residence in our basement storage area.
While thats a pretty awesome thing to have, I realize that most people don't frivolously spend their hard earned money on machines marketed by Starbucks.
So I tried my Keurig. Every normal person has a Keurig, right!? Its a necessity in our home.
Dark roast coffee K-cup (I opted for Starbucks brand because I assumed it would taste the most like the actual caramel macchiato from there)
Vanilla syrup (I purchased mine directly from Starbucks for $10!)
Milk of choice (I just happen to use light soymilk in mine!)
Caramel sundae syrup

I make mine usually in one of my tall glasses, a large Tervis tumbler or the venti size Starbucks reusable tumbler. To me, these are all kind of venti size equivalent, so I have perfected my recipe for this size.

I put 1.5 tablespoons of the vanilla syrup into the bottom of the cup, then add ice to my liking (usually I do a lot because I like my drinks nice and cold!)
Then, I fill it up with about 1.5 cups of soy milk.
Then I head over to my main squeeze, the Keurig. This old gal never lets me down!
I put in my dark roast cup, put the settings on the smallest size of 4 ounces, and click "strong." Then I let her rip! 

Don't mind the dirty coffee spots on the back of the Keurig. That just means she's well loved!

Next, I slowly pour the coffee on top of the ice and soy milk. This part gets kind of tricky as sometimes the coffee runs down the side of the coffee mug if you aren't careful and that just causes a huge hot mess that no one wants.

I drizzle some caramel on top of it, and mix it on up. Boom, ka-pow and you've got yo'self a delicious treat made right in the comfort of your own home & you have saved yourself probably $5, at least.
Plus the gas money and time it takes to get to Starbucks. Oh, and if you don't have a drive thru, which means you must get out of your pajamas and get dressed dressed, get into your car, out to get your coffee then drive home and get back in your pajamas. Really, I'm saving you more than money. I'm saving you time. Precious time in your pajamas. That, my friends, must be savored.

Hope yall enjoy! Please let me know if you give it a try sometime!


  1. I love this! Def will be trying this! I totally agree that Starbucks prices are super redic!
    Kate :: A Little NW Charm

  2. That looks amazing! I don't blame you for wanting to make those at home, $6 a day definitely adds up, especially for just one drink and not an entire meal or something.

  3. A skinny caramel macchiato is my favorite treat! Usually, though, I just rack up my 12 stars buying regular iced coffee ($3) or hot coffe ($2) depending on the weather. I'll get my macchiato free with my earned free drink. But I'm obviously spending way too much money on just regular coffee to get the free coffee. I will definitely try this out at home!

  4. I just may have to try this, thanks for sharing.

  5. I love Starbucks dearly but the pricing is outrageous! 6 dollars is almost a new top at Target lol!! Have a great weekend!

  6. About 7 years ago my husband took at $30K pay cut right when our first child was finishing high school...the first thing I gave up was buying coffee every morning and we started making our own at home and I learned to drink it black. Now Starbucks is like some major treat for me! I did just see a milk frother on another bloggers page today and I'm thinking I might have to have that!

  7. I definitely need to try this! Really trying to kick the starbucks habit this many things I could be spending that money on!

  8. Oh Man I am totally going to have to try this..I have been majorly cutting back now that a coffee literally costs as much as a meal!

  9. Believe it or not, I've actually never stepped inside a Starbucks. I like coffee, but not so much to pay that much. We have a Keurig at work that I use when there, but would love to have one at home.


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