Thursday, September 15, 2011

Starbucks, at Home!

Good morning and happy game day! We're headed over to Central Washington tonight to play them in our first GNAC match of the season then it's off to Nampa tomorrow (40 minutes from Boise). It's going to be nice to get into a good traveling and playing routine. Denver and Hawaii were AMAZING but I can't wait to see some familiar cities.

This morning I woke up to some way too loud construction next door! They've been building a new classroom building for the past few months and I think these final touches they're putting on it might just be the noisiest ones. After I finally realized I wasn't going to be getting anymore sleep, I got out of bed to make my Starbucks drink. Yes, I MADE my coffee this morning! Not just brewed coffee with cream, but a white chocolate cinnamon dolce iced coffee with soy. My (awesome, beautiful, wonderful) friends got me a french press, a pound of iced coffee beans, and a bottle of Starbucks cinnamon dolce syrup for my birthday. I finally broke them out once I moved into my apartment and decided to but them to work.

How to Make Emily's Iced Coffee (AKA "The Cinnamon Roll") at Home:

You will need:

1. Grind the beans. Once you buy your beans, Starbucks will grind them for you depending on the type of machine you'll be using. A french press will be a different grind than a traditional drip coffee brewer.

2. Brew that coffee! For the iced coffee blend, the instructions state to brew the right amount of coffee with half the amount of water. The other half of the water will come into play when it comes time to add ice and cold water. For a french press, I added enough coffee to make 8 cups but only 4 cups of boiling water. Stir, sit for 5 minutes, and press! Pour into a pitcher with 4 cups of ice cold water and refrigerate.

3. Make it yummy. Pour 1.5 tablespoons of both cinnamon dolce and white chocolate syrup  into 16 oz. glass. Add 1.5 cups of ice cold coffee. Top with about a half-inch of vanilla soy milk and finish off with ice up to the brim.

4. Mix, enjoy, repeat. It's that simple! Maybe simple isn't the best word, but making a drink at home that I would normally have to go to the top of Queen Anne to buy is a pretty proud moment for me.

Do you have your own at-home coffee recipe? Let me know! I'd love to mix it up sometimes! Have a wonderful, cloudy Seattle day :)

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