Well we have to call these hacks because how else can you describe a homemade version of your favourite big brand, coffee shop latte? A frap hack? A macchiato metaphor? Whether it is any or all of the above we’ve got some of your favourite high end coffee shop recipes, that will not only save you money but are typically better for your waistline.

The first step to an amazing Pumpkin Spice Latte or Peppermint Mocha is to have the right syrups. Typically you can purchase the basic syrups in your local supermarket but I’d rather make them homemade, because then at least I know what is going into them.

Homemade Coffee Syrup

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All homemade coffee syrups have the same base:

  • 235ml Water
  • 227g Sugar

These two basic ingredients then make your simple sugar syrup. You can also make these using a sugar substitute like Stevia to make it diabetic friendly.

Now for the fun bit of making it the flavours that are to die for at the coffee shop. We’ll start with the basics like vanilla, caramel and mocha.

Vanilla Coffee Syrup


  • Vanilla pod – sliced and scraped
  • Vanilla extract (2 tbsp)

Bring the base (water and sugar) and the vanilla pod and beans to a rolling boil on the stovetop. Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract. Once the mixture is fully cooled, run through a sieve to remove the pod and vanilla seeds. Pour into a fun container like the ones used for oil and vinegar on the tabletop. Label.

Please note: This mixture will keep for one week on the worktop and up to one month in the refrigerator. If you are keeping on the worktop ensure that the container is airtight.

Caramel Coffee Syrup

This recipe uses the base mixture, but in a bit of a different way from the above.

Start with your 227g of sugar, place it into a saucepan over medium heat. Continue to stir over low heat until the sugar starts melting. Once the sugar starts to turn brown add your 235ml boiling water (have the kettle at the ready!). If you burn your sugar, simply start over. Allow the mixture to cool, sometimes taking up to two hours and remove to an airtight container.

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Chocolate Coffee Syrup (Mocha)

  • Base mixture (separated)
  • 125g Unsweeted Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Mix together (thoroughly) the 227g sugar and 125g cocoa powder. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, salt and 235ml cold water. Whisk the mixture over medium heat until it thickens, typically three to four minutes. Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract. Allow the mixture to cool and place into an airtight container.

These syrups can be used to make your favourite lattes or frappes or added to your smoothies, ice cream or any treat.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

It’s that time of year when everyone is wanting those magnificent pumpkin spice lattes at that coffee shop that shall remain nameless. Get your own pumpkin spice fix at home with this simple syrup.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 can of Pumpkin Puree – This can be found in Tesco’s, Waitrose or Cosco if you’re lucky enough to have a card.
  • 50g Brown Sugar (Billington’s works best and can also be found at Tesco)
  • 2 Tbsp Caster Sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • A tiny pinch of Nutmeg (Be careful, too much and it’s overpowering)
  • 235ml Water

Combine all ingredients into a saucepan in whisk over medium heat. Once fully combined reduced to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool before removing into an airtight container.

This way you can pumpkin spice anything in your life!

These are my favourite coffee syrups I like to keep on hand at home. Coffee syrups can cost a bomb and are normally full of all sorts of preservatives, so I prefer to make them myself. If you need sugar free versions of these, just send us a message and I’ll see what I can do.

While it isn’t summer, I might as well share my favourite cold coffee recipe. I absolutely love an iced caramel macchiato and they are even better when you don’t have to get dressed to go to get one! Enjoy one of these out on the patio this summer.

Iced Caramel Macchiato

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One of my favourite summertime drinks (I’m a coffee addict and not afraid to admit it) is the Caramel Machiatto from Grace and Salt. The recipe calls for almond milk but I use coconut milk in mine because the aftertaste of almond milk just doesn’t agree with my palette. The taste is a bit different than what you would expect with almond milk or normal milk, but so good! You can also use full fat or skimmed milk in this recipe to make it your own.

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Coffee doesn’t have to be hot, it can be whatever temperature you want it. Just remember it’s best served with cake!

In the mood for cake? Try one of these dessert recipes from our Macmillan Cancer Coffee Morning!

Today is International Coffee Day. No, it isn’t our attempt at bribing our bosses out of a new coffee machine or daily trips to Costa or Starbucks, but hey we wouldn’t say no to that! Coffee has a long, illustrious history of being the go to drink for Brits for generations.

I imagine coffee is what heaven smells like, or at least my version of heaven. It wakes me in the morning, comforts me when I enjoy a great read and is my best friend on cold, wet, rainy days. If you’re not a fan of coffee, maybe you just haven’t had the right one! Coffee can be rich and dark, sweet and smokey, and oh so flavourful. I’ve gathered up my best friends, I mean, favourite coffee recipes and even included my favourite hot tea recipe, because not everyone will share my love of the coffee bean. With Winter right around the corner, a seriously cold one forecast, why not try a few of these on those chilly nights?

Nutella Blended Coffee

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Love coffee? Love Nutella? This is the perfect blend of the two. No need to get dressed for the dreadful weather outside, this can be made quickly and easily right in the comfort of your own kitchen. Even in your pyjamas if you want! This delightful recipe from Around My Family Table is a tasty treat for after dinner. I wouldn’t suggest it first thing in the morning as it’s cold and we don’t need more of that in our lives right now! But hey, if that’s your bag, go for it.

Gingerbread Latte

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Feeling Christmasy yet? It’s only a few paydays away from that time of year. Carols, snow, ice and Christmas trees; at least two of those things make me think of coffee. This homemade gingerbread latte from Mom Advice gives you that warm, comfy and homey feeling any time of the year. But it’s my favourite on Christmas eve with homemade sugar cookies, whilst we’re gathered around the fireplace listening to Christmas carols. If you are having trouble getting in the spirit or are feeling especially Christmasy in September, indulge in this beautiful warm concoction.

Butterscotch Caramel Coffee

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Now this isn’t your typical coffee house cappuccino; you’re more likely to find this at your nearest bar. This butterscotch caramel coffee recipe from Living Locurto is the perfect after dinner cocktail. No seriously, it’s got Butterscotch Snapps, I have no doubts your guests will enjoy this seriously delicious hot toddy. Warm up those winter nights with a cocktail not poured over ice but this beautiful coffee treat.

Chai Latte

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So I promised a lovely tea recipe to combat all the coffee in this blog post. I mean it is International Coffee Day but not everyone loves coffee. I digress. I love Vanilla Chai Tea. If I need something to sooth my throat on a cold winters day, there is nothing like this beautiful spicy recipe featured on The Independent. My only suggestion, add a touch of vanilla extract or vanilla beans when you’re cooking it, as it adds just a touch of comforting vanilla notes. It’s perfect for any time of year, and if you’re in a rush you can find chai tea bags just about anywhere these days!

Tiramisu Mousse

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Indulging in a coffee delight doesn’t always have to be in the form of a drink. This recipe for a decadent Tiramisu Mousse from Crazy for Crust is the perfect replacement for a sip of brew. Tiramisu is a creamy, coffee dessert and this mousse is one that will really impress. It literally only has four ingredients and voila you’re in for a palette pleasing sensation. Enjoy.

Mocha Crinkle Cookies (Biscuits)

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If you only want a hint of tantalising coffee aroma, these mocha crinkle cookies are the perfect choice. The recipe by Cake Whiz is so incredibly easy to make and she even gives you ways to transform them into different flavours with just the addition of a spice or extract. They are beautiful, perfect for snack time and would even make a lovely homemade Christmas gift. Yes, I’m already thinking that far ahead.

International Coffee Day is one that I love to celebrate. I don’t have to remember any cards or gifts, get dressed up or be somewhere at a specific time. I can celebrate from the comfort of my front room, with my favourite cup of joe or a coffee inspired dessert. What will you make today?

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Someone told us today was White Chocolate Day. Not that we need an excuse to eat chocolate, but we did need some inspiration on how we could have it for every meal, because really, why not?! White chocolate is the sweeter, creamier, lighter cousin of milk chocolate. Ok, so it may be an opinion that it’s sweeter and creamier, but we can guarantee it’s lighter.

In honour of the day, why not mix a bit into your coffee? Dish up a delicious white chocolate dessert? Or fit in into breakfast or dinner?

If you’re anything like me, you don’t even want to speak to anyone until you’ve had your cup of coffee. Fitting with the white chocolate theme, this Peppermint White Chocolate Latte will not only wake you up, but have you feeling Christmasy even in September.

Peppermint White Chocolate Latte

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This peppermint white chocolate latte from CrunchyCreamySweet is the perfect way to wake up on a cold morning. Not just for mornings, this would also be the perfect after dinner coffee if you aren’t having a dessert. No matter what time of day it is, treat yourself to this crunchy, creamy and sweet latte.

If coffee is not your favourite and you prefer a cup of tea, why not take breakfast from bland to brilliant with this Strawberry White Chocolate Mousse Crepes recipe from Evil Shenanigans.

Strawberry White Chocolate Mousse Crepes

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Looking to impress your partner or a way to thank your mum for being so fantastic? This make ahead Strawberry White Chocolate Mousse recipe will definitely be a stunning addition to a lovely breakfast. Looking like something you would be served in a five star restaurant, these crepes will quickly become a favourite for whomever the lucky recipient is.

Now, I can’t deliver a white chocolate lunch or dinner without really just serving dessert for both meals. But, what I can do is give you a few ideas for white chocolate snacks that you can pack or serve as a dessert nibble after lunch and then give you a brilliant white chocolate dessert to serve after tea.

White Chocolate Bark

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This White Chocolate Bark recipe from Food Network is the perfect mix of healthy and not so healthy. White chocolate topped with pistachios and dried fruit is a lovely snack that will cure your cravings for chocolate but doesn’t dent your calorie intake so much. Perfect treats for kids, just be aware they melt quite quickly and could be a mess with little ones.

Tired of all the cakes, muffins and breads that inundate the autumn season meals? This White Chocolate Cranberry Tart is the perfect excuse to make a change and try something different.

White Chocolate Cranberry Tart

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If only we’d have invented smell-o-vision by now, you could smell the glorious scents that fill our kitchen after making this lovely white chocolate and cranberry tart by Diethood….the Eating Effect.

A homemade pastry base is topped with cranberry sauce, white chocolate ganache and whole, fresh cranberries. Garnished with crushed pistachios, it really is a dessert fit for a king. Share with friends and family or keep it all to yourself, either way someone comes out smiling!

Have your own white chocolate concoctions? Share them with us on twitter by tagging @appliancecity. We’d love to hear from you.

It’s that time of the year where we open our hearts, our ovens and our wallets to support Macmillan Coffee Morning. Here at Appliance City we put on a full spread of delicious cakes and baked goods for everyone who comes into our showroom. Gather up your friends and family, bake something yummy and show your support this Friday! If you’re local stop on by and indulge in some of the sweet treats we have on offer.

Hummingbird Cake

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Originating in the Southern United States the Hummingbird cake is a massive hit with those who love pineapple, cinnamon and rich pecans. The icing is a homemade cream cheese frosting and might be a welcome addition to victoria sponge cakes. The recipe from Woman and Home is quite simple and all the ingredients can be found in your local supermarket.

Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake

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Delight the tastebuds with this tempting treat from Food Network. If the picture is pleasing to the eye and you can imaging yourself making this for Friday’s Macmillan Coffee morning you’ll need to prepare it well in advance. Because this is an icebox cake it takes eight hours of preparation, but is worth the wait. Kahlua, marscapone and espresso come together to create a tantalising taste sensation. Think of it, like a tiramisu cake…nearly!

The Devil’s Work Cake

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No this isn’t a work of Satan himself, but it just might be death by chocolate. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate and Flakes make this cake by Mirror.co.uk to die for. If you have friends and family that are chocoholics tempt them over to your Coffee Morning with the perfect answer for all their chocolate cravings. Enjoy.

Coffee and Walnut Cake

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What is more perfect for a coffee morning than this Coffee and Walnut Cake. Not just an ordinary sponge cake this is the epitome of all coffee cakes, the King of Coffee Morning. Might as well write the recipe This recipe from GoodtoKnow is incredibly easy to make, looks fabulous and tastes even better!

Cafe de Olla

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What is coffee morning without amazing coffee? Don’t just serve the bog standard Nescafe! Jazz it up with a Mexican flair with this recipe from Nibbles and Feasts. It is incredibly simple to make. With only instant coffee, brown sugar and cinnamon it’s an amazing twist on your normal morning coffee and friends and family will be asking for it long after Coffee Morning!

Macmillan Coffee morning is an amazing opportunity to do your part in the search for a cure for cancer. It’s also a great way to remember those who have lost their fight or those that are currently doing battle with this unrelenting disease. So get together, open your hearts and do your part for cancer research!

For millions of us, getting through the day without our coffee is just impossible. Whether you’re genuinely addicted to the caffeine kick that many coffee lovers crave, or you just love the beautiful flavours of your favourite handcrafted drink, this ubiquitous beverage is only growing in popularity (if that’s even possible!). The coffee industry is worth over $100billion worldwide. As a sought after commodity it comes second, only being beaten by crude oil. That puts it ahead of gas, gold, silver, sugar and corn!

Coffee Guide

Each year over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed around the world, so it’s not surprise that it’s the second most traded item. In the US alone 350 million cups are consumed everyday with 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drinking coffee daily. Interestingly, the same percentage of coffee drinkers say that coffee makes them feel more like themselves. Although this is probably a statement that many of us can relate to (I know I do) it is actually a sign of caffeine addiction!

In America the aromatic, freshly brewed varieties are more popular compared to the UK where 77% favour instant coffee at home. In recent years however, coffee shops have popped up on just about every high street everywhere which means freshly made bean to cup beverages are more popular than ever. In January 2014 it was reported that the UK coffee shop market had a staggering £6.2billion turnover with an expected £8.7billion by 2018.

This incredible growth means that great coffee is accessible just about everywhere you go and has encouraged a nation of coffee enthusiasts with many of us opting for modern coffee making machines to create our favourite drinks at home. And of course, the possibilities are endless! All of the lattes, espressos, cappuccinos, frappuccinos, freddos, traditional coffees and the endless concoctions that are being invented everyday mean that there is a drink to suit all tastes. Summer is over so unfortunately that means no more of the tasty iced coffees that we love so much. But in honour of the return of the ever popular Pumpkin Spice Latte, check out this recipe over at The Kitchn so you can make your very own!

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Because we LOVE coffee, we’ve been working on some exciting coffee related content to share with you. There is so much to learn and this infographic is only a part of what we’ve been up to. Enjoy and stay tuned for something even more exciting!


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