Necessity IS the mother of invention. Or, it is the impetus behind a Google search to see if someone else has done the invention part. And, guess what: they had!
I am a latte aficionado, or maybe worse. More like a borderline addiction.
Starbucks over here is ridiculously expensive. And coming from me, you know it has to cost a lot if it stops me from getting a venti, sugar free vanilla, soy latte.
There is a chain of coffee houses here, Costa, that makes a decent latte at a much more reasonable price. However, you don't often find them in the rural communities the canal passes through.
I have been buying the individual packets of instant "latte" at an outrageous price. It made Michael nervous.
So, a recipe for make it yourself was located on Google. Instant coffee, dry milk, dry dry creamer, and instant pudding. Since I only had chocolate left from my last trip to the states we made a mocha latte mix.
It's good. It's not Starbucks, but I won't have to go through withdrawal either. :-)