Since I stopped working at Starbucks almost two years ago, I have tried to convince myself over and over again that I am no longer addicted to coffee. I no longer crave for the sweetly caffeinated elixir. I am able to make it through a day without having a cup, or four, of coffee. I think I may be fooling myself. In my defense, I have drastically cut back on the amount of coffee that I drink on a daily basis. I no longer drink 3-4 trenta iced coffees in an eight-hour period. Yes, I am aware that I used to drink 90-120 ounces of iced coffee. This was commonplace. My body had built up an immunity. I was even able to fall asleep shortly after drinking said amount. I have since realized how incredibly awful it is for me. So now I try to stick to 2-4 cups of coffee in the morning and that is it. Although the fact that my new company has a Keurig in our kitchen does not help.
The biggest change that I have been able to make is the shift from buying coffee at Starbucks like I did in college to making coffee at home. I now set my brewer the night before to make the coffee automatically in the morning. This way, when I wake up in the morning, my coffee is already ready for me! And when I want something a little more, I use my espresso machine to make a latte like this one - a vanilla coriander latte. I love this recipe because the flavors don't taste fake or syrupy like they do at Starbucks. It's just the amount of flavor to add that extra something while still giving you that amazing coffee flavor. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Vanilla Coriander Latte Makes 1 latte
1 teaspoon honey 2 shots espresso 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 ounces milk pinch of coriander
- Put honey in bottom of cup, melt with two shots of espresso.
- Put vanilla extract in milk.
- Steam milk.
- Pour into espresso.
- Sprinkle with coriander.