Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Cost Saving Make at Home Specialty Coffee Recipes

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Last week I was invited to the wonderful Got Milk? event in downtown San Diego where Heather Perry (two time United States Barista Champion) showed us some wonderful make at home specialty coffees.  Here are the wonderful recipes:

First up is the make at home Mocha.  You may or may not know that I am obsessed with Mochas.  I love them and can't get enough, but lately I've decided to cut back on purchasing them (i.e. I did the math and was horrified when I saw the total cost... $3.75 x 30 = well, let's just not go there again...). 

Classic Mocha
Hot Latte Recipe
This recipe mixes three ingredients resulting in a chocolatey treat for $.90!

Ingredients:
1 tbsp. of your favorite chocolate syrup or powder
2 oz. espresso or choice of strong coffee
10 oz. steamed milk

Begin by brewing your 2 shots or 2 oz. of espresso using either an espresso machine or strong brewing method, such as a moka pot.  Take a 12 oz. cup and place your espresso at the bottom.  Then add your favorite chocolate and mix well.  Heat your milk by steaming it using your espresso machine, or heat the milk separately and use a hand frother until the desired amount of froth is created.  Fill cup with the heathed milk and top with whipped cream, if desired.

Spiced Latte
Hot Latte Recipe
A unique beverage with a zing for $1

Ingredients:
1 Star Anise
3 Cloves
1/2 Cinnamon Stick
1/2 Vanilla Bean
8 oz. Milk
2 oz. Espresso or Strong Coffee

Begin by brewing your 2 shots or 2 oz. of espresso using either an espresso machine or a strong brewing method, such as a moka pot. Combine spices and milk and heat together by either steaming or by slowly heating it up on the stove over medium heat, and then whipping it using an electric hand frother until the desired amount of forth is created.  This will not only heat the milk but also gently infuse the flavors of the spices into the milk.  Place your espresso at the bottom of the cup and top with spiced milk.

Classic Cappuccino
Hot Latte Recipe
A very Italian, traditional, and classic hot beverage for only $.35

Ingredients:
1 oz. of espresso or strong brewed coffee
4 oz. of milk

Begin by brewing your shot of espresso using either an espresso machine or a strong brewing method, such as a moka pot.  Heat your milk by steaming it using your espresso machine, or by slowly heating it up on the stove over medium heat, and then whipping it using an electric hand frother until the desired amount of froth is created.  Put espresso in the bottomw of the cup and fill cup with heated milk.

Breve Blast
Cold Latte Recipe
A refreshingly delicious "morning-pick-me-up" that alerts the senses for $.60

Ingredients:
2 oz. espresso or choice of strong coffee
1 oz. vanilla syrup
4 oz. milk

Begin by brewing your 2 shots or 2 oz. of espresso using either an espresso machine or a strong brewing methos, such as a moka pot.  Place at the bottom of a 16 oz. cup and add your syrup.  Top with 8 oz. cold milk.  Gulp down for a quick jumpstart.

Creme Brulee Latte
Sweet Latte Recipe
This decadent drink is a hit with dessert lovers at $.97

Ingredients:
2 oz. espresso or choice of strong coffee
8 oz. steamed milk
1 oz. vanilla bean syrup
2 tbsp. caramel topping

Begin by brewing your 2 shots or 2 oz. of espresso using either and espresso machine or a strong brewing method, such as a moka pot.  Take a 10 oz. cup and lace the sides with 1 tbsp. of caramel topping.  Then place the syrup at the bottom of the cup and top with the espresso.  Heat your milk by steaming it using your espresso machine, or by slowly heating it up on the stove over medium heat, and then whipping it using an electric hand frother until the desired amount of froth is created.  Fill cup with heated milk and top with remaining caramel.

5 comments:

Kat @ www.TodaysCliche.com February 3, 2010 at 1:03 AM  

Your blog is so informative and clever. Can't wait to try most of your recent posts. I intend to stop by again!
Our blogs are semi-similar; I'd love your feedback about mine, if you have a sec!
www.TodaysCliche.com. Thanks!!

Condo Blues February 9, 2010 at 11:52 AM  

You are so lucky to be invited to such a cool event! I'm a total coffee drinker and will be trying these out on my own.

Julie August 18, 2010 at 7:06 PM  

I would inject caffeine into my veins in the morning if I could!
Julie

CSeppala September 22, 2010 at 2:56 PM  

OK...these coffee recipes look way too good to pass up. I am going to print them out now!

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