Yesterday was another day of bad weather, cancellations and late starts — another day of no Starbucks for me.
It’s not just about the coffee because you can make that at home. I enjoy their mocha latte. It’s perfect for me.
Not all coffee shops make a good one. Many shops make them too sweet or too chocolate-y. One shop uses a chocolate drizzle on top instead of putting chocolate inside the drink. That’s just wrong!
Of course they all charge top price. It’s very disappointing to pay close to $5 for a drink that is not wonderful and has no alcohol in it.
For the past week I have been working on perfecting a recipe to make at home in a pinch like this.
Yes, I know Starbucks makes a version to make at home but it’s not decaffeinated. Boogers!
My friend Google helped me find some recipes. I found many versions with reviews so I tried a few.
I don’t have an espresso maker which I should have to make it authentic. I tried to improvise. I have a Keurig coffee maker and found espresso K-cups for it. I also bought a milk frother.
Milk frothers are nothing like steamed milk. No matter what the reviewers say, they make lukewarm bubbly milk. It’s not hot enough nor is there any real foam. It’s not the same at least not for a true connoisseur of a good mocha latte.
I bought Starbucks brand of chocolate mix. It’s still not working.
I tried the smallest cup size on the Keurig. It’s still not working.
I tried heating up the milk before putting it in the frother. It’s still not working.
A while back my friend Bettie told me that the best way to make one at home was to put a half pack of hot chocolate mix into your coffee. Surprisingly that still makes the best ‘at home’ mocha.
I can either settle for that or buy a large-wheeled vehicle so I can always drive to Starbucks no matter what the weather or buy a $2,000 espresso machine (and maybe that will work).
The beloved husband thinks I should just go to meetings.
Hi! My name is Kate and I’m a mochaholic!