It wasn’t really a New Year’s resolution, just a thought I had around that same time about how tired I was spending money on Starbucks every time I left the house. I have their $1 to-go cups that give me the same feeling as hanging on to my grande chai, so I’m ready to DIY my own drinks and leave the house caffeine equipped and ready to conquer the day. I guess the only problem was that every time I’d make my own drink it tasted like a watery glass of nothing. It lacked that creamy body you get from a Starbucks latte, so I’d toss it and drive through to buy a new one even though I already had mine from home. I bought so many things not knowing what the problem was; different flavors and types of syrups, various coffees, chai mixes, and every milk under the sun. Why could I not replicate a 2 ingredient drink that they whip up in minutes? Then it finally came to me. I didn’t have a frother.
It’s not that I didn’t whip my latte, I’ve had this cheap one for 10 years (which my sister in law Lori swears does the same job btw, I just didn’t have that experience.) I needed a hard core milk frother that gave tons of creamy foam and a richer consistency to my drink to liven it up.
I researched for days and decided on this Breville Frother which turned out to be the missing link in my latte game. You see, all of those fancy flavored syrups and expensive roasted expresso beans don’t mean a thing unless your drink resembles that creamy, foam-topped one that you’ve been drinking for years. And don’t talk to me about the price of the machine because if you’re stopping for a grande drink 5 days a week that’s around $80 a month and almost $1000 a year (not including the banana bread or whatever else you add tp your order.) Our Starbucks stops were around $20 with Mike’s drink, mine, and apple juices for the girls. Since I’ve bought this machine a few months back I’ve gone to Starbucks exactly twice. I know it’s saving me money.
So now I use my grande cup at home and fill it 1/3 of the way (like Starbucks does!) with green tea. I whip organic almond milk and a squirt of honey together and pour it in the cup. Done. Easy, healthy, and way cheaper than what I was spending before.