Coffee Shop Copy Cats

I’m not gunna lie–I’ve been craving Starbucks (specifically a iced caramel macchiato–my special occasions drink) for a solid two weeks now. Probably more so because I know I can’t just go out & get one. Oh the joys of quarantine. 

However, just because we’re stuck in our homes without access to coffee shops does not mean we need to suffer from the lack of quality caffeinated drinks (although, some of your local coffee shops may be open & you should totally support them if can/want to!) As part of my job, I run a student Instagram account (seriously) & I recently posted how to make their favorite campus coffee shop drinks (heyyy @holygrounds) at home to “bring a little campus to them” in this weird/sad time. Got me thinking–I should share this former barista knowledge with a larger audience because who doesn’t love a great cup of coffee?

So below I have recipes/instructions for: cold brew, steamed frothy milk (to top your coffee/espresso and BAM you have a latte), chai tea latte (hot or chilled) & iced matcha latte. The photos at the bottom are little recipe cards to download/pin to Pinterest if you want to save them for later. Enjoy!


Cold Brew

What you need:

  • 1 cup coffee beans (coarsely ground)
  • 4 cups water
  • Mason jar or a container/jug with a lid
  • Strainer with cheese cloth (or just a paper towel!)


  1. Put coarsely ground coffee beans in your container and pour water over top. Stir.
  2. Cover container and let brew for at least 12 hours in the fridge (don’t exceed 24 hours).
  3. Strain your coffee into a bowl/measuring cup using your strainer covered in cheesecloth (or a regular paper towel works!)
  4. Keep cold brew in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 7 days.
  5. To drink, use half cold brew concentrate and half water. Add your favorite creamer or sweetener how you like it!

 Tips & Tricks:

  • If you don’t have a coffee bean grinder at home, you can get beans ground at grocery stores or order “coarsely ground” cold brew beans online
  • You can control how strong your cold brew concentrate is—brew for at least 8 hours, but no more than 24.
  • Adding water to the concentrate helps with a smoother taste

Steamed Frothy Milk

What you need:

  • Mason jar with a lid
  • Cold milk


  1. Fill the mason jar about a third of the way full with cold milk
  2. Screw on the lid (tightly) and shake for 20-30 seconds
  3. Remove the lid and heat up the milk in the microwave for about 20 seconds

Tips & Tricks:

  • Shake the jar with cold milk—it froths better!
  • Milk will expand when it’s heated up so don’t fill up the mason jar all the way
  • Whole or 2% milk froths better than skim

Chai Tea Latte

 What you need:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 chai tea bags
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. In a small saucepan, combine milk and sugar. Heat on low to medium heat until steaming (not boiling).
  2. Remove from heat and add the two chai tea bags. Steep for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags with tongs and squeeze the excess liquid out.
  4. Add vanilla and spices and stir well.

Tips & Tricks:

  • You can replace the sugar with honey or maple syrup and add in step 4 instead of 1. You can also use brown sugar instead of white sugar.
  • Play around with spices! Add a 1/8 teaspoon of cloves, nutmeg and/or ginger in step 4 if you have them on hand.
  • You can also let cool and serve over ice for an iced chai latte.

Iced Matcha Latte

 What you need:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2-3 teaspoons of matcha powder
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice


  1. Combine milk, matcha powder, and vanilla in a cup. Stir well with a spoon or handheld milk frother.
  2. Top with ice.

Tips & Tricks:

  • You can buy matcha powder online or some grocery stores carry it.
  • To ensure your matcha doesn’t have lumps, you can sift the powder first or add it to a little hot milk/water and let it dissolve before adding the rest of the ingredients.
  • You can replace the vanilla extract with honey or maple syrup for a different flavor!

Have any favorite coffee drinks you want recipes for? Comment below & I’ll see what I can do! &.


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