Recreating Starbucks’ Cold Foam Iced Espresso at Home

This quarantine life makes me miss a lot of things, like our usual coffee runs at Starbucks. In hindsight, craving for commercial, overpriced coffee seems so trivial now with all the world’s problems. If anything, this ECQ serves a reset button for many of us, myself included–a reminder that often, the most meaningful things in life are also the simplest.

I find myself making a lot of things in the house, using simple and affordable ingredients. You wouldn’t believe how easy and cheap it is to enjoy a venti cold foam iced espresso at home! All you need are some coffee, ice, sugar, and skim milk.

Here’s a video I made while I tried to recreate my all-time favorite drink from Starbucks: (shameless plug: please like the video and subscribe to the channel! :))

This drink is a great way to relax and refresh during a hot afternoon. Try it yourself and let me know how it goes!

~Ingredients (for a venti-sized drink)~

2 tbsp instant coffee powder mixed with 1/2 cup of water (or 2 shots of espresso)

Ice to fill the glass

1 cup skim milk

2 tbsp white sugar


Blend the milk + sugar using a high-speed blender for about 3 to 5 minutes.

Make your coffee while the blender is running.

Put ice into the glass, then pour your coffee.

Top with the milk and scoop out as much foam as you can.



How to Make Dalgona Coffee (& its Chocolate Version)

It seems to me that there are two kinds of people during this community quarantine: those who make Tik Tok videos and those who make Dalgona coffee. Obviously, I’m the second kind! ;) I made a video of how to make this super frothy and pretty iced coffee named after a Korean candy.

It’s fun to make because it’s very easy and the ingredients are simple and cheap! If you have kids, make the chocolate version for a nice pre-snack activity. Read on for instructions!

Dalgona Coffee ingredients


Mix a ratio of 1:1 of the following: instant coffee powder, sugar, and hot water.

For a 16oz glass, I used 2 tbsp of each. Mix it in a small bowl using either a whisk, spoon, or fork. You’ll need about 400 strokes to achieve the frothy consistency. Give your arms a favor and use an electric mixer if you have one. ;) You’ll know it’s good if the color has changed from dark to light brown.

In a glass, put ice and milk. Top with the frothy coffee mix.

Dalgona Coffee

**CHOCOLATE VERSION for kids and non-coffee drinkers**

Same ratio, but add a portion of creamer. In the video, I used Ovaltine chocolate powder and Nescafe creamer. I found that the chocolate version takes a longer time to aerate and become frothy. But, as I said, you’ll get there.

Serve on a hot afternoon and enjoy! ;)

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