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Starbucks Inspired Matcha Chai Latte at Home!

During the course of COVID, I have learned to DIY many times I never thought was possible, including my favorite Starbucks drinks. My latest obsession Tik Tok is like YouTube that is condensed into 60 second segment. I have learned popular songs and dances and making viral foods. One of my favorite drinks from Starbucks is chai tea latte. I'm not a huge coffee fan, so finding a tea drink is up my alley.

Over a month ago, I stumbled upon a match chai tea latte and had to try it out. Thankfully, I had old Starbucks gift cards that I could use and not feel guilty about wasting money if I didn't like the drink. Matcha is a finely ground powder from green tea leaves. It can be steamed with milk or water to become a latte. I have tried matcha in the past, but wasn't a fan of it. However, the thought of adding pumps of chai brings the drink to a different level. It brings back the comfort of chai mixed with the matcha. I was so pleased with the drink and was even more in love with the vibrant green color from the matcha. However, at $6.00 per drink, it is an expensive delicacy. I knew I could make it myself for a fraction of the price. While working at Trader Joe's many years ago, I remember customers buying the powder in the store. It was a steal for $3.99 a container. I was also to find chai tea concentrate at my local Aldi store with the seasonal items. Instead of steeping chai tea from bags, it is available in liquid form and was around $3.00.

While prepping for a work meeting, I decided to try out a homemade matcha chai latte. I started with combining the chai concentrate with milk to my desired strength. Starbucks vanilla cold foam has also blown up in the store, so I knew I had to invest some foam for my drink. I used Cold Stone sweet cream coffee creamer and mixed with the matcha powder to create foam and topped with cinnamon. I was so pleased with my drink, that I could hardly concentrate on my meeting. For the price of one Starbucks drink, I bought the ingredients to make my matcha at home.

I can't wait to try other Starbucks influenced drinks at home, including a cookie butter latte! Have you tried any DIY Starbucks drinks?


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