I love the local coffee scene in Pittsburgh and grabbing a hot caffeinated treat from time to time is great, but a daily latte can hit your wallet pretty hard. When you're cutting back, here's the fix:
First off, I would like to thank my brand new milk frother for making this all possible. My $40 Amazon purchase works great. Pour in your milk, press the button, and you've got hot and frothy milk in less than a minute.
My first experiment was a Chai Latte. I'm not patient enough to brew real chai tea, so Oregon Chai concentrate from Trader Joes was my go-to. The process was a piece of cake. Step 1: Measure out some chai concentrate. (Suggested portions are included on the packaging.) Step 2: Warm/froth your milk of choice. Step 3: Mix together the chai and milk and dust with cinnamon. Step 4: Call yourself a barista.
My second experiment was a matcha latte. I snagged some sweetened matcha latte mix from TJs and I give it 4 stars. It was subtly sweet, but not overbearing.
The process is the same as above. 1. Measure. 2. Warm and froth. 3. Mix. 4. Enjoy!