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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 5:49am
Subject: Re: Starbucks like blend?
 

BTW... Starbucks has a Food Service website, http://starbucksfs.com. On there are all their recipes for all their drinks, http://starbucksfs.com/Recipes.

Regarding syrup, I just make my own. 2 cups sugar + 1 cup water over medium heat, stirring constantly for a couple minutes.

My wife likes their Iced Caramel Macchiato so I make my own simple syrup and my own caramel syrup.
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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 6:00am
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jchung Said:

BTW... Starbucks has a Food Service website, http://starbucksfs.com. On there are all their recipes for all their drinks, http://starbucksfs.com/Recipes.

Regarding syrup, I just make my own. 2 cups sugar + 1 cup water over medium heat, stirring constantly for a couple minutes.

My wife likes their Iced Caramel Macchiato so I make my own simple syrup and my own caramel syrup.

Posted July 9, 2013 link

How do you make your caramel syrup? Ad how long does it store? i've wanted to try home made but seems when searching on here and online people say it's only good for anywhere from a couple days to a few weeks. Don't want to be making syrup all the time lol. We get the DaVinci stuff which I like better then Monin, for like $5 a bottle at Marshalls here.
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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 6:18am
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CMIN Said:

Elijah's Specialty Coffee in Elmhurst (really good) and Metropolis, and 1 other when she drove over to MI but forgetting the name but it was flavored fresh roasted coffee, little 8oz bag made my house smell like a cherry/fruit bomb went off, used my hand grinder for that as didn't want it leaving the flavor smell in my grinder lol. I didn't like that one, she loves cherries so...

Posted July 9, 2013 link

I'm surprised that she didn't get any black cat. most of the time its like a dark chocolate cherry bomb, ha. Then again, they are so accessible. Next time she is in make her grab a bag of Gaslight roasters or Bow Truss, best in the city.
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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 6:48am
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brianl Said:

I'm surprised that she didn't get any black cat. most of the time its like a dark chocolate cherry bomb, ha. Then again, they are so accessible. Next time she is in make her grab a bag of Gaslight roasters or Bow Truss, best in the city.

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We both actually hate Blackcat, go figure lol
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Posted Tue Jul 23, 2013, 8:45am
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bdixon Said:

I'm pretty new and realize that you are thinking...who the heck would want a blend that tastes similar to Starbucks.  However, this geek was conditionally allowed to purchase my first expresso machine and grinder but ONLY if I could replicate the drink my wife orders from Starbucks (she drinks lattes and caps mostly).

Posted July 3, 2013 link

Should be pretty easy though I haven't tried myself as I can't stand their lattes.  Find a dark roasted espresso blend, make sure it's stale, do a poor job of pulling the espresso and add a lot of poorly steamed milk.

Are there seriously no good coffee shops in your area or in places that you travel to that you can take her to in order to experience proper lattes and cappucinos?  Odds are pretty good that she would be instantly converted unless she just strongly prefers what she's used to.  Even if there's nothing in Plano there are some excellent shops in the the DFW metroplex from what I recall.

bdixon Said:

Charbucks lol.  I never thought it was that bad from a taste perspective, but the price and the proportions of espresso to milk is where I have found it severely lacking.  

Posted July 3, 2013 link

I'm a latte drinker but I find theirs to be extremely bland.  The espresso drinkers love to say that milk hides all but there's a tremendous difference between a latte made with good espresso and one made with mediocre or poor espresso.  It's not just the amount that is their problem IMO.

NobbyR Said:

If your wife likes the Starbuck's taste so much, why not simply get their beans for her coffee?

Posted July 3, 2013 link

^ This.

CMIN Said:

But imo when I see people preferring Charbucks etc, over fresh coffee drinks, it's either A)they like all the sugar and syrups etc more, or B) they don't know about Pectin which gives the drinks that mouthfeel.

Posted July 3, 2013 link

Some are just set in their ways or have other reasons for preferring what they prefer (convenience, ignorance, etc).

bdixon Said:

It's so much easier when you are single lol.

Posted July 3, 2013 link

Not necessarily.  My better half is pushing for a new machine along with the kitchen and coffee bar remodeling.  I was content with running off bottles but she pushed for direct plumb.  I was looking at the Duetto 3.0 and she asked if it would be worth considering the Speedster that I keep looking at.
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 9:49am
Subject: Re: Starbucks like blend?
 

I think if you run any decent bean through your machine at too high a temp, then steam the milk to at least 150, and serve it immediately while it's so hot you can't taste anything but burning flesh (your own), then you've replicated Starbucks perfectly.

Hopefully your wife catches on and realizes that you can produce something way better than Starbucks. No one acquires a taste for better quality over night. She'll catch on. You have your work cut out for you in educating her. Teach her to make her own lattes and caps, she'll learn by her own mistakes and realize Starbucks serves and collects money for theirs.
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Posted Mon Jul 29, 2013, 6:02pm
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I guess I'm spoiled.  I went to the supermarket to get some beans, and the best I could find was a 1 month old roast.  I would have bought it but it was not the type I wanted. They had some ground espresso that had a death date of 2015. Holy carp!  I may have enuf beans for one shot tomorrow, if not I'll grab some of my wifes decaf beans to fill the shot.  Then it's off to Birdrock for a bag.  Bummer my roaster is down for cleaning. Even if Starbucks is open till ??? I refuse to drink it anymore.
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Posted Fri Aug 2, 2013, 3:06pm
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I saw on my home page news that Starbucks is being bought out by Google

 
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Posted Mon Aug 5, 2013, 4:08am
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I don't think Starbucks is being bought out by Google just yet. Have a look at statistics on Starbucks and you'll see that would be quite an expensive endeavour...even for Google. From what I have read, Google are just partnering with Starbucks to provide faster WiFi in the cafes. Up to 100 times faster in some cases.
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Posted Mon Aug 5, 2013, 6:23am
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Google isn't buying out Starbucks, starbucks is leaving AT&T for Google internet/wifi, which if its their fiber cable, ridiculously fast.
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