4 popular coffee shop
recipes to try at home

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We’ve all been without our favourite coffee shops for far too long, so we’re helping you to create that coffee shop experience at home and giving you the coffee recipes from some of your favourite coffee brands to do so. So whether it’s a Frappuccino from Starbucks, a freshly pressed black coffee from Caffè Nero, a vegan cookie from Pret or the latte art from Costa, we’ve rounded up hints, tips and recipes for you to have a try at home.

Starbucks style Chocolate Frappuccino

Four Starbucks Frappuccino's in takeaway tray

Starbucks have been sharing tips over on their social media on how to re-create some of their classics in your kitchen including their Frappuccino recipes. Due to public demand by fans on Twitter, they released how to make the popular Chocolate Frappuccino recipe. This is an easy copycat that you can make and enjoy from the comfort of your own home!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups of ice
  • Whipped or squirty cream
  • Chocolate sauce (optional)
  • A blender

How to make it:

  1. Pour the milk, cocoa powder and sugar into a blender
  2. Blend for a few seconds to mix the ingredients
  3. Then add your ice and blend until you reach the desired consistency
  4. Pour into a tall glass and top with whipped cream
  5. Finally drizzle with the chocolate sauce

Sit back and sip on your tasty iced treat!

Psst! If you need your caffeine fix, simply add a shot of espresso to the recipe to create a delicious Mocha Frappuccino.

Soak up the sound of coffee shop music

Missing those chilled-out coffee shop vibes or the background noise that makes that coffee shop ambiance? Head over to the official Starbucks Spotify profile and find a library of playlists for every mood! From ‘Coffee House Pop’ to ‘Starbucks Vintage’.

Pret a Manger’s Vegan Dark Chocolate Cookie

Chocolate cookies cooling on a rack

Previously we’ve shown you the best vegan coffees including Pret’s so now we thought we’d give you the Pret vegan cookie recipe to go with it. The dark chocolate and almond butter cookie was introduced at Pret a Manger back in 2018 and has been in high demand ever since. Pret have released their vegan cookie recipe and we show you how to make this gooey chocolate delight at home.

What you’ll need:

  • 43g Caster sugar
  • 112g Soft light brown sugar
  • 4g Salt
  • 40g Almond pieces for best results, use flaked almonds lightly smashed up. Whole almonds, chopped into small pieces will also work)
  • 112g Dark chocolate pieces
  • 205g Plain flour
  • 20g Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 65g Coconut oil (or vegetable oil as an alternative)
  • 72g Almond butter (any butter can be used as an alternative)
  • 100g Golden syrup
  • 40g Water

How to make it:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C.

2. Pour the caster sugar, soft light brown sugar, flour, almond pieces, salt and chocolate pieces into a large bowl. (For best results sieve the cocoa, flour and bicarbonate of soda).

3. Mix the almond butter, oil, water and golden syrup together and add to the bowl.

4. Mix together with a wooden spoon and then bring the dough together using your hands.

5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Split your dough into 8 golf ball-sized balls and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.

6. Bake for 8-10 minutes (This will vary depending on thickness – if the edges of cookie feel firm but centre is still soft, it should be ready to take out).

7. Leave to cool for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Spread the joy, Pret style

Pret are well known for their spreading joy and their alternative loyalty programme sees staff giving away free coffees to make their customers smile. Customers can then pass on their coffee sleeve to a friend, colleague or total stranger for them to claim a free coffee, helping to spread the joy even further!  Why not follow in Pret’s footsteps by dropping off some of the baked Pret vegan cookie treats you’ve made to a neighbour, it might just make their day.

Coffee brewing guide from Caffè Nero

Caffe Nero short black coffee with sugar

Caffè Nero are showing us how to perfect the art of brewing at home using a French press and just how simple it really is! Don’t have a French press? There are lots more brewing guides using all sorts of gadgets over on their website to try out.

Caffè Nero also recommend that you pre-heat the cup by filling your press up with boiling water and let it stand. Pour out just before you begin the process, so the cup is nice and hot! Why not use filtered water in your mix for that extra smooth coffee taste.

What you’ll need:

  • French press
  • Kettle
  • Scales
  • Timer
  • Boiled water
  • Coffee bean grinder
  • 50g coffee beans for a litre of coffee (or pre-ground if you can’t access a grinder)

How to brew a coffee:

  1. Weigh your beans (50g recommended per litre of coffee made)
  2. Use the grinder to create a coarse grind of coffee (like the consistency of breadcrumbs)
  3. Pour your coffee into the French press (remove your pre-heating water first)
  4. Slowly pour boiling water up to halfway and slowly stir
  5. Fill up to the top with more boiling water
  6. Stir and let brew for 3 minutes
  7. Put the lid on your press and slowly push down the plunge
  8. Pour and enjoy!

Reward yourself!

Why not make yourself a Caffè Nero style loyalty card? Make sure to fill it in every time you have your morning coffee and when it’s full up, treat yourself to an extra biscuit, piece of cake, pastry or whatever you feel like.

Costa Coffee’s Blueberry Muffin

Costa Coffee Blueberry muffin on a plate with a coffee

What better sidekick to go with your mid-morning coffee than a classic Costa blueberry muffin? Luckily Costa let us in on the secret to making your own version at home, and it’s so easy to re-create.

What you’ll need:

  • 275g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 225ml milk
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 175g fresh blueberries
  • 100g unsalted butter (gently melted and cooled)
  • 12-hole muffin tin tray and muffin cases

How to make it:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees / 180 fan
  2. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl
  3. Add in all the other ingredients (except the blueberries) and mix
  4. Stir in the blueberries with a metal spoon (the mixture will be quite loose, so don’t worry)
  5. Divide the mixture into your muffin cases
  6. Bake for 20-25 mins
  7. Once fully risen and golden brown, carefully remove from the oven and tray, leaving them to cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  8. Enjoy your muffins! (Eat while they’re still warm, they’re so good)

Create some latte art

Coffee Art on coffee in black cup

Having a frothy coffee with your muffin? Perfect your latte art (there’s loads of great tutorials online, just search latte art), or use a homemade stencil to get that pretty pattern on top of your coffee. Why not get the kids involved and get them to make a stencil to use on top of your coffee. To make a stencil, simply cut a pattern into a piece of paper or card (kind of like making paper snowflakes at school!) and sprinkle cocoa dust on top, leaving a chocolate-y design on top of your hot drink. Yum!

What’s your go to coffee shop order and what can’t you wait to be able to order again in the shop? Let us know over on our intu Facebook page and we may be able to share some recipes with you soon!