Save money by making these Starbucks copycat drinks at home using a Nespresso machine!
Starbucks Drink Recipes Using a Nespresso
The key ingredient to making most Starbucks drinks is espresso. And the easiest way to make espresso is with a Nespresso.
All lattes and iced lattes are made with espresso. A drink can’t be called a latte without espresso.
If you have a Nespresso and you want to make Starbucks drinks at home to save money, you’ve come to the right place!
I’ve taken Starbucks exact recipes and recreated them in grande sizes.
My Nespresso machine recommendations:
Makes espresso and brewed coffee. Don’t get the Aeroccino Milk Frother since it’s too small to make milk for grande size drinks. Get the Breville Milk Frother, or something similar instead. This machine is around $200 but you can get it for around $120 if you wait for a big sale like Black Friday.
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Nespresso Creatista Plus
This machine is an Original line machine, so it only makes espresso. (It doesn’t make brewed coffee like the VertuoPlus.) It’s a splurge since it’s $650 but it comes with a built in steam wand (no need for a separate milk frother) and the espresso capsules for this machine is less expensive than the ones for the Vertuo machines.
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Starbucks and Nespresso partnered to create Starbucks capsules for Nespresso machines. This means that using Starbucks pods won’t void the Nespresso warranty.
There are 3 espresso Starbucks pods:
1. Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast
The most popular Starbucks espresso. Blonde espresso is lightly roasted coffee beans and contain more caffeine. It has a smoother taste.
Blonde Espresso Roast (Vertuo)
Blonde Espresso Roast (Original)
2. Starbucks Espresso Roast
This is based on Starbucks signature dark roast espresso that’s used in most of their lattes.
Espresso Roast (Vertuo)
3. Starbucks Decaf Espresso Roast
The signature dark roast espresso in decaf. This only comes in capsules for the Original machines.
Decaf Espresso Roast (Original)
1 shot of espresso = 1 Nespresso espresso capsule
You can also use any Nespresso espresso, ristretto, or double espresso capsule. Just make sure not to use the 7.77 ounce coffee pods.
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Starbucks Vanilla Syrup
All Starbucks lattes start with espresso and 2% milk. What flavors and sweetens Starbucks drinks are syrups.
The most popular syrup at Starbucks is vanilla syrup.
Homemade vanilla syrup is easy to make at home with just 3 ingredients but it can also be purchased directly from Starbucks.
To purchase a bottle of vanilla syrup from Starbucks, ask at the register if they have any vanilla syrup available for sale. They’ll only sell it to you if they have extra in stock, otherwise, you’re out of luck. It’ll costs about $14.
The vanilla syrup is used in many popular drinks like the classic Vanilla Latte and Iced Caramel Macchiato. It’s also used in the whipped cream.
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- Instead of the Nespresso Aeroccino, get a bigger milk frother that can make frothed milk and cold foam. The Aeroccino is too small to make enough frothed milk for grande size drinks.
- Make it decadent by adding flavored cold foam to any iced drink, like vanilla sweet cream cold foam and brown sugar cold foam.
- Try different syrups in your hot or iced drink, like the brown sugar syrup or cinnamon syrup.
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