10 Coffee Drinks You Can Create at Home

Learn how to make cafe-worthy coffee drinks at home with copycat coffee recipes from Starbucks & more

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With the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve all been spending a ton of time at home, drinking our same old coffee drinks day in and out. We’re bored, even if we did try out TikTok’s dalgona coffee for a hot minute. (If you found this article in the future after quarantine is over, that means we still have the internet in the After Times! Fun! But you’re still bored with your at-home coffee game.) That’s why we rounded up this list of coffee recipes you can recreate at home whenever you need a little pick-me-up. 

You can make a lot of these coffee drinks using ingredients you either have at home or ordered for delivery from Gopuff. Some require espresso, but we have a workaround if all you have is a drip coffee maker and zero funds to hire a live-in barista. We also have a quick guide on how to make good coffee, the key to all of these drinks.

Coffee Recipes

1. Caramel Latte

If you’re in the mood for a really decadent coffee drink, peep this caramel latte recipe. It melds hot, frothy, caramel-y milk with coffee, resulting in a drink that is harder to put down than a toddler on a sugar high. It does require you to use a saucepan and a blender, so it might not be your everyday coffee drink, but it’s great for a lazy weekend day. 

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2. Bulletproof Coffee

Butter in coffee? No, this isn’t a ploy by the French Cooking Lobby to get us all to eat more butter (we don’t think); rather, it’s a keto-friendly way to take in the type of fats needed to fuel your brain and keep you full. Bulletproof coffee advocates swear this coffee drink helps them feel satisfied, alert and focused. It’s easy to make at home, too, with just a few ingredients and a blender.

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3. Perfect Iced Coffee

This iced coffee recipe perfectly blends together coffee and sweeteners to create a drink that can go toe-to-toe with any barista-made iced coffee. The key is creating a homemade simple syrup flavored with vanilla extract that, when combined with half and half, mellows out any bitterness from the coffee.

Consider making ice cubes with some of the coffee if you don’t want a watered-down drink, or if you simply love being extra.

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4. Starbucks Iced Coffee

Pitcher & Starbucks cup filled with Starbucks iced coffee near bag of Kenya coffee blend
Source: Starbucks

If you want to know how to make iced coffee the Starbucks way, you’re in luck. The chain’s baristas have written down the Starbucks iced coffee recipe so customers can recreate it at home. Though, if you’re feeling unmotivated, you can always get an iced pumpkin spice latte or cold brew delivered to your doorstep. Whatever you do, just make sure you pick up some whipped cream for an at-home Puppuccino if you’re skipping the drive-thru, or your dog may never forgive you.

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5. Espresso in a Drip Coffee Maker

Although investing in an espresso maker is a great way to treat yourself, you can still make espresso in your everyday drip coffee maker. It won’t be quite the same, but it will still be quite tasty. 

The most important thing to do when making drip coffee espresso is to use the right ratio of water to coffee: about two ounces of water per tablespoon of ground coffee. If you have a “concentrated” or “strong” brew setting, use that, as espresso needs a good amount of pressure to force water through the grounds. We recommend pouring the resulting brew into a tiny cup (shot glass?) to replicate the café experience. 

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6. Classic Macchiato

Macchiato, which roughly translates to “stained” in Italian, refers to black espresso that’s been lightly “stained” by a touch of white milk. To make your own macchiato at home, make espresso and then top it off with a bit of steamed milk. Try to do some latte art if you’re feeling flirty. 

No espresso machine? See above for how to make espresso in a drip coffee maker. Don’t forget the electric milk frother

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7. Date-Sweetened Iced Latte

The Supreme Court may have ruled that a hot dog is a sandwich, but it has yet to determine what constitutes a smoothie—a debate sparked by drinks like this latte. It combines dates, cashew milk, coffee and an optional tablespoon of peanut butter, all mixed together in a blender to create a drink that is almost hearty enough to be breakfast.

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8. Starbucks Caffe Mocha

Glass mug with Starbucks caffe mocha
Source: Starbucks

This classic Starbucks coffee drink pairs espresso with steamed milk and the all-important mocha sauce—a rich chocolate syrup made with coffee instead of water.

The bad thing about making this drink at home is that you won’t have a lid stopping you from licking up all the whipped cream on top. The good thing about making this drink at home is that you won’t have a lid stopping you from licking up all the whipped cream on top.

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  • Starbucks espresso roast 

9. Cappuccino Punch 

“What if you took a root beer float and made it with coffee?”—is probably what someone said right before inventing this coffee drink. It combines coffee with both chocolate and vanilla ice cream for a decadent morning treat. This particular recipe is designed to be made in a punch bowl and served at a party, but it can be easily scaled down.

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10. Coconut Milk Thai Iced Coffee

This is one of those coffee drinks that requires a bit of advanced planning, but all that means is that you’ll need to make cold brew the night before you want to drink it. Or embrace procrastination and start with cold brew in a can. Then all you have to do is simmer the cardamom vanilla coconut milk for 20 minutes to create this coconut version of a classic Thai iced coffee. 

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Here’s How to Make Good Coffee at Home

Before you go off and make any of these coffee drinks, it’s important to know the fundamentals of making good coffee at home. The National Coffee Association has an in-depth coffee-making guide, but here are the basics: 

  1. Thoroughly clean your equipment. Leaving coffee grounds or coffee-oil buildup in your coffee maker can make future cups of coffee taste rancid.
  2. Use fresh beans. Purchase your beans close to their roasting date. Try to buy your coffee in small amounts for maximum freshness.
  3. Follow the “Golden Ratio.” Use 1–2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6 ounces of water. Adjust to taste if you prefer a stronger or weaker brew.
  4. Use cold tap water. Run the tap for a few seconds before filling up your coffee maker. If your tap water doesn’t taste good on its own, use filtered or bottled water.
  5. Maintain a proper water temperature. That means it should be between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal extraction. (The exception to this is cold brew.)
  6. Focus on brew time. In a drip coffee maker, the water should be in contact with the grounds for about 5 minutes. In a French press, the contact time should be 2–4 minutes. For espresso, the contact time is only 20–30 seconds. Meanwhile, cold brew should steep for about 12 hours overnight.

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