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Are You Addicted to Starbucks? 12 Ways to Tell

Are You Addicted to Starbucks? 12 Ways to Tell

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Another day, another $5 coffee. Or two. Or three, if it’s been a really long day and traffic is the worst and you still have that dinner thing later that you don’t want to go to…

For an addict, that green and white sign is a glimmering beacon of hope in a world full of small annoyances and weird-tasting home-brewed coffee. There’s a reason they’ve got a siren as a mascot.

Are You Addicted to Starbucks? 12 Ways to Tell (Slideshow)

When you truly love Starbucks, it calls to you in times of celebration, in times of need, and honestly, just all the time. No other drink in the world tastes like “your” drink, whether you like it sweet, strong, or both. And no one anticipates your needs and gives you what you want without judgment like your favorite green-smocked barista, who never raises an eyebrow and says “Back again?” because she gets it. She knows she’s selling the good stuff, and she doesn’t blame you for wanting what she’s got.

Having a Starbucks obsession is undeniably hard on the wallet. Chances are, you’ve probably had to choose between a healthy lunch and a giant coffee a time or two, but loving the lattes is still nothing to be ashamed of. There are plenty of people just like you, who couldn’t care less when the haters say Starbucks isn’t “good” coffee or that it isn’t “worth” the price. It’s good to you, and those daily drinks are absolutely worth it. They’re a moment of serenity in a hectic life, a couple of minutes where everything is perfect because your coffee is just the way you like it.

There are tons of little ways to tell if your Starbucks preoccupation has become a full-blown dependency. Do you dream of vanilla soymilk? Have you ever wanted to reach out a trembling finger to lightly caress a perfect, fluffy pile of foam? Then click through this list, Starbucks stalwart, because we’re absolutely talking about you.

You Have a Favorite Starbucks

Your friends tell you it doesn’t matter, every Starbucks is exactly the same, but you know this statement to be false. At your Starbucks the lattes are never short a pump and the foam is as stiff and pale as angel’s wings.

Alternately, There are Certain Starbucks You Refuse to Visit

Maybe their macchiato just sort of tastes off, or one time a new, confused barista got an attitude with you when you ordered a 120-degree latte. For whatever reason, that Starbucks is dead to you now. And God forbid someone tries to make you go to one of those pseudo-Bucks inside a Target. Those are amateur hour shenanigans, and you’d be better off hopping the counter and mixing up that strawberry Frappuccino yourself.

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How to Make Cold Brew Iced Coffee, as Told by a Starbucks Barista

As college students, most of us wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the power of a good (and strong) cup of coffee. Hot or iced, black or with cream, many of us have turned to coffee at least a few times in our collegiate careers to write those last few paragraphs or memorize those last few elements.

While there are plenty of great and effective ways to brew that neat little bean, none are as unique as the elusive cold brew. Once limited to small hipster coffee shops because it takes 12+ hours to brew in small batches, this tasty sensation is catching our eye and finally getting the attention it deserves. As Starbucks stores across the country are launching cold brew as a new beverage option, it’s easy (and cheap) to make and customize your own version at home.

The mechanics of making coffee are pretty simple. Grind the beans and add hot water, where the hot water then soaks into the grinds and extracts the caffeine and flavors of the bean. The grinds are then filtered out, and we can drink our coffee and go about our merry, caffeinated ways. With cold brew, the idea is that the heat is replaced with time- instead of brewing with hot water and achieving (nearly) instant gratification, cold brew uses cold or room temperature water, so the process takes longer.

Here’s the kick - because the bitterness of coffee comes entirely from the heat of the water, the cold brewing process can remove most if not all of the bitter taste and acidity of the coffee (depending on the acidity of the particular blend or roast being used). As a result, you get a much smoother and generally better tasting cup of iced coffee than if you had brewed it with a more traditional method. Because nobody likes a bitter cup of coffee.

In fact, cold brewing inhibits so much of the acidity of coffee so much so that people with sensitive stomachs can generally stomach cold brew much better than a more standard cuppa joe. Which also means that you don’t necessarily have to pile in milk and sugar into it, and many people find that they can drink it black. So it tastes better, doesn’t kill your stomach, and it won’t kill your diet either? That’s right.

At this point, you’ve probably pulled up your search engine of choice to find out how to DIY the crap out of this whole thing. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find a full recipe for some seriously yummy iced coffee, without any fancy equipment. Happy sipping!

Prep Time: Less than 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20-24 hours

Total Time: 20-24 hours

4-oz. coarsely ground coffee beans

1 French press or quart-sized mason jar

2 cups cold, filtered water

Measure out your ground beans and pour them into the bottom of the brewing vessel. While a large mason jar or drink pitcher with a lid and a metal filter will suffice, a French Press is ideal because the filter and everything is built right in. I really like this one, but any large model will do.

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The Basic Starbucks Latte Recipe

The components of a hot latte are espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam. Starbucks baristas use 2% low fat milk unless the customer requests something else.

When milk is steamed, it is aerated to create the rich, creamy texture that all latte drinkers know and love. The aerating process actually makes the milk a bit sweeter. Foam is a by-product of this process and it has a unique texture that people tend to either love or hate. The best way I can describe it is to say it&aposs aptly named. It&aposs, well, foamy.

A Starbucks barista makes a latte by pouring shots of espresso directly into the cup. Then they pour in the steamed milk and finally top it off with a spoonful of foam. The espresso and the steamed milk completely mix together and the foam adorns the top.

An iced latte isn&apost terribly different. Simply put, cold milk substitutes for steamed milk and ice for foam. Shots of espresso are poured directly into the cup, cold milk is added, and the beverage is finished off with a scoop of ice. A plain iced latte might not be quite as creamy or sweet as a hot one, since the milk is not steamed. Baristas use 2% low fat milk unless another type is requested.

The lines on Starbucks iced drink cups help ensure consistent iced lattes. After the shots are poured, your barista adds milk up to the top line and then fills the rest of the cup with ice. If you ask for light ice, they will half the amount of ice and add more milk.

Get Your Starbucks Fix at Home With One of These 21 Copycat Recipes

We’re not ashamed to admit it. We are totally addicted to Starbucks &mdash but with the news that several cafes are closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all wondering what we will do if we aren’t able to get our daily Starbucks fix. Now, when I say Starbucks is closing their cafes, that doesn’t mean Starbucks will be completely unavailable because delivery and drive-thru will still be open, but you won’t be able to step inside and enjoy your coffee in one of Starbucks’ cafes.

The good news? These dupes will save us like a million dollars a year. OK, maybe not a million dollars &mdash but if we estimate our Starbucks spending at around five bucks a day, five days a week, that’s $1,200 a year. So sit back, try to relax (I know, it’s hard right now) and check out these 21 Starbucks recipes you can recreate at home.

1. Vanilla bean scones recipe

A cult favorite, these copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars are layers of tart cranberries and sweet vanilla icing. One of our favorites!

12. Strawberries and Crème Frappuccino recipe

Perfect for when berries are in season, this copycat Strawberries and Crème Frappuccino is a summer staple.

13. Copycat Starbucks black bean quinoa wrap recipe

Looking for a quick lunch that’s both flavorful and hearty? Make a black bean quinoa wrap, and call it a day.

14. Eggnog latte recipe

Nothing more seasonal than eggnog, like in this eggnog latte.

15. Green Tea Frappuccino recipe

The great thing about this copycat Green Tea Frappuccino is you can use either regular or decaf green tea, depending on the time of day.

16. Copycat Starbucks lemon loaf recipe

Bright and citrusy, this lemon loaf pairs perfectly with coffee, as citrus fruit and caffeine go hand in hand.

17. Marshmallow Dream Bars recipe

Nothing like these gooey, chewy copycat Marshmallow Dream Bars!

18. Copycat Starbucks pumpkin cream cheese muffin recipe

Take one bite of this copycat Starbucks pumpkin cream cheese muffin, and you’ll be in pumpkin heaven.

19. Copycat Starbucks gingerbread biscotti recipe

The perfect treat to dip into your coffee drinks, these copycat Starbucks gingerbread biscotti have just the right amount of spice and icing on top.

20. Frozen caramel macchiato recipe

Sip on this frozen caramel macchiato before the snow starts to fall (might be too late for some of us!).

21. Vanilla bean frappé recipe

Make sure to use a real vanilla bean in this vanilla bean frappé if you can &mdash it makes all the difference!

A version of this story was originally published November 2014.

This is a way better deal than paying for bottled water.

This is proof that Starbucks is always better when you bring your pals.

I know that iced coffee isn&rsquot a meal, and I don&rsquot need it every time I go out. That doesn&rsquot stop me, though.

With lockdowns and trying to stay home, I found myself really missing my Starbucks caramel frappuccino runs. So I had to do the next best thing and recreate it at home.

This is the perfect recipe because it&rsquos super simple.

I keep vanilla simple syrup at home anyway, and with my caramel obsession, there&rsquos almost always some in the fridge.

I like to use Starbucks blonde coffee, but you can use your favorite and make it as strong as you need.

Honey Citrus Mint Tea: How to Make Starbucks' Former "Medicine Ball Tea" Secret Menu Item by Jessica Acree

There's something magical about sipping hot tea when you're not feeling quite up to par. I am by no means a connoisseur when it comes to the art of steeping tea leaves, but I can appreciate a soul-soothing cup, especially when coping with a seasonal case of the blahs – stuffy nose, sore throat and the general fog of sinus congestion.

Starbucks has a little cold buster I'd like to tell you about. The "Medicine Ball" was originally only part of their secret menu, but the customer creation became so popular it's now on the regular menu under the name Honey Citrus Mint Tea. Here's how to make your own version of Medicine Ball Tea at home!

Here's how to make it:

Starbucks claims the flavors "mingle tastefully well together for a tea that comforts from the inside out." It will rock your world.

Honey is known to be a natural cough syrup packed with antioxidants, but you could lower the sugar count by substituting the lemonade for lemon juice.

"Tea is to the body as music is to the soul." – Earlene Grey

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Caramel Frappe


  • 1/2 packet Starbucks instant iced coffee (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 16 ounces ice
  • 3 pumps base (can be purchased on eBay)
  • 2 pumps caramel sauce
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon caramel syrup (depending on how sweet you like it)
  • Pinch xanthan gum


(Thanks to Summer for sharing this!)

An In-Depth Look at the Ingredients, Alternatives, and Substitutions

7 Yummiest Non-Coffee Starbucks Drinks

Even if you aren't into coffee, you don't have to stay home when your besties go on a Starbucks run! There are plenty of delish drinks sans coffee. Check out this handy list for the yummiest picks, but remember, even though there's no coffee, that doesn't mean there's no caffeine!

1. White Hot Chocolate Who can resist steamed milk, white chocolate, and whipped cream?

2. Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème Go with this one if you want your milky goodness over ice. YUM.

3. Tazo Green Tea Frappuccino Blended Crème Need a little kick? The addition of green tea adds a tiny bit of caffeine and some

4. Caramel Apple SpiceSo what if it's on the "kids" menu? The cinnamon-y drink is the perfect PSL alternative.

5. Teavana Shaken Iced Passion Tango Tea LemonadeHibiscus tea mixed with tart lemonade might be the most refreshing drink ever.

6. Orange Mango Smoothie Sip this protein- and fiber-packed drink when you need a yummy snack that will fill you up.

7. Spiced Root Beer Fizzio Handcrafter Soda Root beer gets a cinnamon-y twist!

What's your fave non-coffee drink? Tell us in the comments!

12 Ways to Amp Up Your Coffee—Without Butter

If you need coffee to jumpstart your day—and who are we kidding, slog through the midday slump, power through a gym session (or your latest TV show addiction)—you need these 15 add-ins that give your cup a flavor and health boost. Coffee has tons of health perks, but don’t ruin it by adding in a bunch of crap.

We covered every flavor profile to bring you maximum flavor without all the sugar, fat, and guilt of sucking down a Starbucks-Dunkin’-coffee house concoction. Now you can have your java with a kick of heat, a dash of spice, a hint of sweetness, and practically any holiday-inspired flavoring—all in the convenience of your own kitchen.

Just think about what you can do with all the money you won’t be spending on coffee runs…

*Note: Adjust amounts of each ingredient according to taste and serving size (i.e. if you’re adding directly to a pot of coffee, a single mug serving, or into a bag of beans or grounds.)

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