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Apps have made it a lot easier to order delicious coffee drinks, but the cost and time for morning coffee commutes can add up quickly.
With these 6 coffee recipes, you can save yourself some time and money by being your own barista!
Starting off the day by sitting in a long line of cars, anxiously watching the clock as the minutes tick by is a great way to pave the way for a stressful day. It’s important to establish relaxing and constructive routines to support your brain and body throughout your day, and that starts the moment you wake up. For a lot of people, having time to center themselves while sipping a delectable cup of coffee is the perfect way to prepare for the day ahead.
“But I can’t make coffee at home that tastes as good as Starbucks or Dunkin!” With the right ingredients and know-how, you can. We have created a list of 6 barista-approved coffee recipes to make at home, including how to get the perfect frothy cream to top off your homemade cup o’ Joe. Take a look and soon you’ll be saving yourself time and money while enjoying a relaxing and energizing morning at home.
Making Coffee at Home Like a Pro
Whether you like it hot or iced, sweetened or bold, it is easy to make delicious coffee drinks in the comfort of your home. It may be helpful to get your hands on a few handy tools depending on the type of coffee drinks you prefer if you don’t have them already. For example, if you are a fan of cold-brewed coffee, a french press is a must-have kitchen essential. Or, if you love sweet and creamy coffee, a milk frothing wand works magic! You don’t need an espresso machine with any of these recipes, but if you find yourself missing that style of drink, a trusty mini espresso machine may be a good investment for your home. We have shared a guide with more general tips for making quality coffee at home, so if you’re interested in becoming a certified self-taught barista, take a look at our Energize Your Mornings with Gourmet Coffee at Home article.
1. Coffee Foam
Depending on how you take your coffee, adding a smooth foam can take your drink to the next level of deliciousness.
- 1-2 Tablespoons of simple or maple syrup
- ¼ - ½ cup of milk*
For Hot Drinks:
- Add the syrup and milk to a microwave-safe glass and warm the milk slowly in the microwave.
- Use the milk frother to whip the warm milk into a foam.
- OR, pour the syrup and milk into a microwave-safe, lidded jar and shake vigorously until a foam develops. Microwave the jar (without the lid) in small increments of 10-15 seconds and continue to shake between cook times. Once the milk has created a layer of foam, microwave for a few additional seconds and use a spoon to scoop out the foam for your coffee.
For Cold Drinks:
- Pour the syrup and milk into a jar or glass.
- Tilt the glass and place the frothing wand into the deepest part of the milk. Then, lift the wand so that it is just below the surface of the milk and begin frothing.
- Froth until the foam reaches your desired consistency.
*Any milk, dairy or not, will work, but some will do better than others. A good rule of thumb to remember is that milk with a lower fat content will foam better for hot drinks, and milk with a higher fat content will foam better for cold drinks.
2. Cold Brew Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 frozen milk cube (about 1-2 Tablespoons)
- 1 date
- ½ cup cold brew*
- 2 teaspoons cacao nibs
- 6-7 ice cubes
- Put all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.
*Cold brew can be made easily using a french press coffee maker. Simply stick to a coffee-to-water ratio of 2:1 (similar to most coffee). Opt for coarsely ground coffee beans and fill the french press with cold, filtered water before letting it brew. Bold and full-bodied cold brew can take up to 24 hours to brew at room temperature, but placing it in the fridge can speed up brew time significantly. If you place to refrigerate your cold brew, shoot for at least 10-12 hours.
3. Irish Coffee
- 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
- 4 ounces of coffee
- 1.5 ounces of Irish whisky
- 1 ounce of heavy whipping cream
- Put the brown sugar into a cup. Top with hot coffee, and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the whisky.
- In a separate glass, mix the whipping cream lightly. Once thickened, pour it over the back of the spoon onto the coffee mixture.
- Do not stir! The best way to enjoy it is to sip the coffee through the cream.
3. Sweetened Condensed Coffee
- Brewed coffee
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Put about one teaspoon (or to taste) of sweetened condensed milk into your coffee. Stir until the milk and coffee are completely combined. Enjoy!
5. Whipped Coffee
- Whipping cream
- Maple syrup
- Make a cup of coffee however you like.
- Add maple syrup to taste in a microwaveable glass. Add about 3-4 Tablespoons of whipping cream to the glass, then microwave for around 20 seconds. Once the milk is warmed through, froth for 30 seconds.
- Top your coffee with the milk froth. Add a dash of cinnamon for a little something extra.
6. Whipped Cream Cold Brew
- Whipping cream
- Maple syrup
- Fill a glass with ice, then add your cold brew. Leave room at the top to add your cream.
- In a small glass, add a teaspoon of maple syrup, a dash of cinnamon, and 3 tablespoons of whipping cream. Blend with a frother until mixed well, about 30 seconds.
- Top your coffee with the cream, and enjoy!
Make Your Morning Coffee Magical with Table & Thyme’s Mesa House Blend
When it comes to making quality coffee drinks at home, starting out with quality beans is a must. Table & Thyme offers gourmet coffee beans with notes of almond and cocoa via our Mesa House Blend for the perfect cup every time.
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