I've cut my coffee shop spending in half after getting these flavored syrups
- Torani Flavored Syrups are so easy to bring into your morning coffee routine that I use them every day.
- With just a tablespoon of flavoring, you can have coffee shop-quality drinks at home.
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If I have morning errands to run or my day is starting slowly, I treat myself to a vanilla latte or a mocha coffee at my local coffee shop. When I saw bottles of Torani Coffee Syrups behind the coffee shop counter, I had an idea: maybe I could make my favorite drinks at home and save some money in the process by ordering the same syrups online.
If you just don't like flavored coffee or it's a rare craving, I'd say continue to support your local coffee shops when you want a caramel latte. If you're like me and would love a splash of vanilla as often as you can get it, Torani Coffee Syrups are a great option. I tested the French vanilla, chocolate Milano, salted caramel, and peppermint syrups.
How to use Torani Coffee Syrups
It's really easy to incorporate the syrups in your morning routine – you can drop in a spoonful at any stage of the coffee process and it will still taste good. Torani lists the serving size as two tablespoons, but I found that too sweet for my tastes, so I used one. The syrups blend with the coffee well and don't float to the top or sink to the bottom.
Torani recipes suggest steaming the milk and syrups together. I used my Nespresso milk foamer with a tablespoon of syrup to make a vanilla coffee, and the milk foamed just as well with the syrup as without. Occasionally, I will put a spoonful of the flavoring into the bottom of my mug and then pour coffee on top – it works just as well if you don't have a milk steamer or foamer.
How Torani Coffee Syrups taste
When I tried to make DIY flavorings I always found it difficult to achieve the right ratio of vanilla or chocolate to sugar. It is too easy to over-sweeten your drink and lose the actual flavor of the coffee. The Torani syrups are well balanced — sweet enough that I don't need sugar in my coffee, but without an artificial aftertaste. I even took a spoonful of the foamed vanilla milk and it tasted like a gourmet marshmallow. The salted caramel was the only syrup that I found a little too strong; the flavor was overpowering.
I used my preferences to make these calculations.
A Torani French Vanilla 375 ML bottle is $6.29.
1 tablespoon per drink:
= 25 drinks per bottle
= 25 cents per drink
I buy a pound of Starbucks Verona ground coffee for $12.59.
3 tablespoons of Torani syrup in a 12-ounce cup of coffee:
= 67 cents per cup
In Brooklyn, NY, a quart (32 ounces) of whole milk is $1.49.
4 ounces of milk per cup of coffee:
= 19 cents per drink
I can make a vanilla coffee at home in my pajamas for $1.11
The bottom line
I recommend the Torani syrups if you want to diversify your coffee repertoire or just want an easy way to make the morning a bit more special. There are hundreds of flavors available and variety packs, so they make great gifts, too.
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