Everything You Need to Make Barista-Style Coffees at Home

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July 02, 2021

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We’re no stranger to a morning coffee run, but let’s face it — buying coffee every single day isn’t exactly convenient or budget-friendly. Luckily, there are so many easy (and low-cost!) ways to make amazing coffee right in your kitchen. These simple tips, from DIY oat milk to delicious creamers, can take a homemade cup of coffee from basic to barista-worthy in next to no time.

Oh, and if you don't have a coffee maker, check out our guide to the best coffeemakers before you buy! They've been tested for tried-and-true results that will deliver a great cup of joe every single time.

Making your own cold brew sounds intimidating, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be whipping up a batch every week. Start with our small-batch recipe, which makes two servings, so you can figure out exactly how long you like the cold brew to be steeped. Once you’ve nailed the technique, feel free to double or triple the batch so you can grab and go in a matter of minutes.

We’ve all been there: we head to the counter, excited to order our latte, just to be told that the coffee shop is out of oat milk. But, contrary to popular belief, oat milk is super easy to make at home with ingredients you most likely have on hand — and it tastes even better that way! Simply soak oats in water overnight, then blend, strain and combine with vanilla extract and maple syrup. This non-dairy alternative is super creamy and delicious, especially when combined with hot coffee or an iced latte.

You deserve to be picky about your coffee creamer — after all, a bad cup of coffee can throw your entire morning off track. So, check out our ranking of the best coffee creamers before making your pick. Fairlife’s vanilla version came in first-place, but you can snag it in flavors like caramel, sweet cream and hazelnut, too.

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Enjoy a s’mores-inspired drink any time of year with this decadent flavoring. You’ll dissolve toasted marshmallows in a simple syrup, then incorporate vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. The syrup makes an excellent addition to a coffee as well as milkshakes, mixed drinks and even martinis. It will keep in the fridge for up to one month, making a decadent beverage easily do-able (even on the busiest mornings).

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If mochas are your drink of choice, you need a batch of this chocolate syrup. It tastes way better than store-bought and you only need a microwave and three ingredients to make it: semisweet chocolate chips, honey and water. Add a spoonful (or two) into your coffee for a deliciously sweet pick-me-up.

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Food Network Kitchen’s French Press Coffee, as seen on Food Network.

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Once you learn how to use it, a French press delivers a consistent, full-bodied brew that is guaranteed to make your morning. However, there are a few caveats: coffee that is too finely ground will make the coffee bitter and murky, so make sure you buy a bag of beans that are ground specifically for a French press. The temperature of the water also matters — If the water is too hot, it will cause the coffee to taste burnt. That being said, one you start, you’ll master the French press in no time, and deliver amazing results any day of the week.

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