How I’m cutting my “Starbucks Budget” in half by making my own lattes

The 4 dollar Cinnamon Dolce Latte you got today at the Bux might not be something you though twice about, but may be burning a gaping hole in your wallet.  It may be part of your commute; a way to pep you up for the day ahead or justify sitting in traffic for over an hour. Either way, 4 dollars every day or even every week adds up quick. I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to keep hitting up the drive-thru. In the time it takes to brew a pot of coffee, you can make your own fantastic flavoured lattes.

Here’s my variation of the Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks


My 50 Cent Vanilla Cinnamon Latte (Makes 3 lattes)
6 Tbsp ground coffee (approx. $0.88)
1 and a half cups milk (approx. $0.37)
1 tsp vanilla extract (approx. $0.05)
1 tsp ground cinnamon (approx. $0.12)
+ 3 pinches of ground cinnamon to garnish
Sugar to taste (optional)

Brew coffee with vanilla extract and 1 tsp cinnamon. In a small sauce pan, heat milk on high heat while stirring constantly. You know that it’s almost done when the milk is steaming foams upwards – remove from heat. Pour coffee into 3 mugs and add milk. Garnish with ground cinnamon on top and enjoy.