CoffeeGrindGuru knows that coffee goes well beyond the wake-up call. In our humble opinion, coffee is…
a pick-me up.
What coffee is not, again, in our most humblest opinion, is…
difficult to make.
difficult to procure.
difficult to understand and, therefore, difficult to enjoy.
We're here to help you achieve that celebratory cuppa without spending a small fortune for a daily dose of happiness.
So, what did we set out to do? We endeavored to replicate those most popular of drinks that are draining your bank account, health, and wealth, beginning with the top-selling Vanilla Latte and the seasonal variation known the world over as the PSL, or Pumpkin Spice Latte.
That said, let’s get started!
The CGG’s Vanilla Latte Hack
The basics: regardless of whether you want a frozen, iced, or hot latte, the biggest key to success in creating a Vanilla Latte is knowing just what a latte is, which would be…
Getting started: of course our trusted barista braintrust know you won’t have easy access to an industrial espresso machine, so we’ll start you off with a tool and ingredient shopping list so you can succeed over the long haul. You may need the following tools:
⸙ Trade secret: some like it hot, some like it not (hot). Here’s one little reminder when preparing a hot or iced latte: you need extremely hot shots of espresso whereas for a frozen drink you can get away with a room-temperature espresso since this will prevent a watery slushy
Ingredients: time to gather up the goods starting with the base!
⸙ Trade secret: we here at CGG believe that you can get by with caramel, vanilla, and hazelnut syrup alongside vanilla and chocolate (or mocha!) frappe powders (we recommend Ghiradelli, but any substantial powder will do) for 90 percent of all ‘primo’ drinks that you were previously paying top dollar for.
Step-by-step guide for frozen fun: making a delicious frozen drink without dropping mad dinero!
⸙ Trade secret: when it comes to frozen drinks, a good rule of thumb is placing all of your ingredients into your blender and then measuring out your dosing of ice, which should be 120 percent as compared to the cup (i.e., ice should look like a mountain in the cup)
Step-by step guide for Iced x-citement: need a pick me up after the gym, but without the heat? Try this ice-y latte!
Step-by-step guide for the hot-te (get it?): get ready to learn the craft that used to seem so secret before…but no more!
In summary: in order to really cut back on your spend, and as we head into that most glorious time of the year (no, not the Holiday season, but, rather Pumpkin Spice season!), we are going to put our money where our mouth is (literally) and encourage you to follow the exact same guides above, but, this time, use Monin’s Pumpkin Spice syrup, or make your own using maple syrup, nutmeg, ginger, and clove.
Oh, and don’t forget to practice your latte art or invest in a nifty little stencil…all for pennies on the dollar…literally!
Finally, remember that sharing is caring and we hope to get your feedback on how these recipes work out (or don’t) so that we can help all coffee consumers become connoisseurs in due time!