I've never been a coffee person. Yes, I know: many of you are looking at your computer/RSS feed/mobile device thinking “WHAT!? What kind of human being doesn't love the rich, mellow, caffeinated goodness of coffee!?” This kind, that’s who. It’s just not something I really enjoyed. Give me tea, hot chocolate or – gasp – soda for any caffeine fix I might need. And though I can and do appreciate bitterness in my food, I just don’t care for it in coffee format.
State Nickname: The Evergreen State
Admission to the US: November 11, 1889 (#42)
Capital: Olympia (21st largest)
Other Important Cities: Seattle (largest), Spokane (2nd largest), Tacoma (3rd largest)
Region: Northwest, Pacific, Pacific Rim; Pacific (US Census)
RAFT Nations: Salmon
Bordered by: Pacific Ocean (west), Oregon (south), Idaho (east), British Columbia (Canada) (north)
Official State Foods and Edible Things: apple (fruit); bluebunch wheatgrass (grass); steelhead trout (fish); Walla Walla sweet onion (vegetable)
Some Famous and Typical Foods: Pacific coast seafood, including but not limited to: Dungeness crab, salmon, trout, scallops of many varieties, Geoduck clam, mussels, oysters, halibut, cod; blackberries, apples, huckleberries, cranberries, cherries; hazelnuts; coffee
For this post, it wasn't my goal to make a recipe that uses Starbucks coffee in it: I actually wanted to replicate a Starbucks beverage in my own kitchen. For this I first turned to the Top Secret Recipes series by Todd Wilbur. I figured I would easily find a recipe in there. But surprisingly, TSR was silent about replicating Starbucks, at least in the books I looked in. (NB: A search online yielded several replicated top secret Starbucks recipes, which I failed to even consider, for some odd reason. Note that if you do try his website you may need to pay for some of these recipes - as with his caramel macchiato recipe). Undaunted, I searched elsewhere. After muddling through a few websites from Starbucks talking about how to use their products (I think these were meant specifically to be used in-house. I’m surprised they were that easy to find), I eventually stumbled upon a small handful of “Make your own Starbucks” websites. The one that intrigued me the most, from the Squidoo website, by user "kiwisoutback", featured a few recipes for Starbucks-like drinks - and this one I did not have to pay for. Notably, the recipe that jumped out at me the most was one for Iced Latte, utilizing two to three shots of espresso, recommendably from Starbucks itself if possible (CAFFEINE OVERLOAD WOW WWWWOOOOOOOWWWWW!!!!!). With all this caffeine, is this wild amount of espresso, um, safe?
* milk (preferably whole - I had some in the fridge)
* espresso (two shots, which I found to be somewhat stronger than I am used to. I did use Starbucks brand for about $2.50. Did they only charge me for one shot?)
* simple syrup (I've had this in the fridge since I made that mint julep a while back)
* ice (preferably crushed or small cubes; again, these I had on hand)
Pour the simple syrup in a cup.
Next add the espresso to the cup.
Add your ice.
And finally, add the milk.
Shake well to combine it all.
How can I describe this drink? It was tasty. It was also strong. Very, very strong. In fact so strong it aggravated some reflux mighty bad. This drink is way too strong for me, but for those who like these iced lattes, it sure will wake you up.
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Douglas, Tom. Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen. William Morrow: New York, 2001.
"kiwisoutback" (Squidoo.com user). "How to Make a Starbucks Iced Latte." In "Starbucks Coffee Drink Recipes", Copyright 2008, Squidoo.com. All rights reserved.
Washington Apple Commission. "Crop facts." Copyright 2010 Washington Apple Commission. All rights reserved.
Washington Apple Commission. "Golden Apples and Yams." Copyright 2010 Washington Apple Commission. All rights reserved.
Coffee.org. "History of Starbucks." Date unknown.