At-home coffee recipes for finals


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salted caramel cold brew

Paige Mountain

Finals week is upon us, and what better way to rejuvenate then with a refreshing cup of coffee? Try out these recipes to get you re-energized before your next exam.

Salted caramel cold brew

Sweet and energizing.


  • Glass of cold brew
  • 2-3 tablespoons salted caramel flavoring
  • Heavy whipping cream for cold foam


  • Pour a glass of your favorite cold brew (leave room for milk and flavor)
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of salted caramel syrup
  • Top off with salted caramel cold foam
  • For the cold foam: froth a small amount of heavy whipping cream along with a tablespoon of salted caramel syrup until it reaches a foam-like consistency

Iced brown sugar shaken espresso

A dupe that is even better than Starbucks.


  • 2 shots of espresso
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Dash of cinnamon


  • Brew espresso over brown sugar
  • Pour over ice in a cup with a lid
  • Sprinkle cinnamon in cup
  • Put lid on and shake for 15-30 seconds
  • Top off with oat milk


A beloved classic.


  • 2 shots espresso
  • 1 cup milk or milk alternative
  • 1-2 tablespoons any coffee syrup (optional)


  • Froth milk or milk alternative until frothy and creamy
  • Pour milk over ice for an iced latte, heat up milk for a hot latte
  • Brew espresso and pour it over milk
  • Flavor with your favorite coffee syrup (optional)
  • Mix together and enjoy

Caramel macchiato

A delicious pick-me-up.


  • 1-2 tablespoons vanilla syrup
  • 2 shots espresso
  • 1 cup milk or milk alternative
  • Caramel sauce to taste


  • Brew espresso
  • Add vanilla syrup to milk/milk alternative and lightly froth
  • Drizzle caramel sauce around a glass/mug
  • Pour in milk and espresso
  • Top off with extra caramel for an extra sweet drink