I have never been a coffee drinker. Whenever my girlfriends want to hang out at Starbucks, I have to figure out what to drink. In the winter this is not a problem. I love hot chocolate. But in the summer I have always been at a loss....what could I get to drink that doesn't taste like coffee or have the calories of a milkshake? Well, in July I decided to try a Caramel Macchiato....I have been hooked ever since. My husband has also become addicted. When I began adding up how much we were spending a week at Starbucks, ($3.10 for a tall x 3 times a week--for each of us, so really 6 times a week---well, I don't feel like finding my calculator but that's a lot of mula!) I said to Matt, "Don't say no....just listen first...when you think of all the money we are spending at Starbucks each week, we could probably buy an espresso machine and break even in 2 to 3 months." To my surprise, he said, "Ok, look into it." So I did!
My mom bought hers on ebay a couple of years ago for $180 so I checked it out and I found some for $230. Starbucks sells them for $400 so ebay is quite a deal! Anyway, before I made a purchase, my mom decided that she wanted to get the new stainless steel model for herself and she would give me a deal on her old one. Yay! We have not agreed on a price yet....she is leaning toward $10 and I am pushing for a bit more....
My parents are here for the weekend so I had my first lesson on my new Starbucks Barista Espresso Machine. Here are the results:
Iced Caramel Macchiato
In my unbiased opinion....these drinks were better than Starbucks!
So friends, come on over and let me take your order....just don't bypass the tip jar!
Recipes can be found at the following links:
Caramel Macchiato: www.geocities.com/connorbd/coffee/caramel.html