Try these fun coffee drinks at home for a twist on your usual
BY RUDY CARETTI
SPECIAL TO BARISTA MAGAZINE
Coffee is one drink enjoyed all year round by people of all walks of life. But we all have those days when we’re not able to pop over to our favorite café for one reason or another. That’s why we thought it would be fun to offer various do-it-yourself coffee ideas to practice in your own kitchen to bring your favorite café experience home.
French Press Gingerbread Coffee
Takes: 8 Minutes
Prep time: 4 Minutes
Cooking time: 4 Minutes
To make 1 12-ounce cup
- Hot water (Boiling)
- Hot milk
- 3 tablespoons of coarsely ground coffee beans
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
- 1â„4 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
- 1â„8 teaspoon allspice, ground
- 1â„2 teaspoon ginger, ground
- 1 tablespoon molasses
Combine the dry ingredients in your French press pot and pour in the boiling water. Whip gently with a chopstick then cover the pot. Switch the machine on and let it run for 4 minutes. Push down the plunger and empty the pot into your cup. Pour in your hot milk to the desired taste.
Orange and Cardamom Cold-Brewed Coffee
For 2 “4 servings use:
- 1 quart of water
- 1 cup of coffee (medium-grind)
- 1 orange
- A dozen of gently crushed cardamom pods
Use a citrus zester to scrape the outer cover of the orange into a jar. Add the crushed cardamom, coffee and water. Stir your mixture and allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 24 hours. Next, sieve using a coffee filter or any other fine mesh sieve and store in the fridge. You can serve over ice if you want to enjoy immediately. In case the proportions are too strong for you, increase water or pour in a properly whisked sweetened condensed milk.
Cinnamon Sweet Latte Coffee
1 cup of water (filtered)
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 cup hot coffee
2 tablespoon of milk froth (You can use 1/2 cup of milk)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- Cinnamon Syrup
Put cinnamon in a small saucepan and add water. Place in the stove and heat on a low temperature as you stir. Remove after 5 minutes and pour in a sealable glass jar. Keep sealed in the fridge while you prepare the other ingredients.
This involves mixing 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and a 1 tablespoon of cinnamon syrup in your mug. Pour in the rest of the ingredients. You can sweeten it more by adding extra maple syrup.
Peppermint Patty Coffee
- 8 ounces coffee (freshly brewed)
- 2 ounces milk (skimmed)
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa mix (powdered)
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1â„2 teaspoon extract of peppermint
Mix the dry ingredients in a mug and add the hot freshly brewed coffee. Whip gently till the cocoa mix and sugar dissolves. Put in the peppermint extract and continue whipping. Pour in the milk. Stir, then, serve.
For 3 Servings use;
- Ice cubes
- 1/3 cup of dark roast coffee (ground)
- 1/3 cup of honey
- 2 broken cinnamon sticks
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom (ground)
- 3 cups of water
In a pot, whip together the cinnamon sticks and coffee, then add water. Put on this mixture to brew, just like you would do with normal coffee. Remove and pour in honey and cardamom to the hot brew. Whip the mixture for honey to dissolve. Replace the lid and store it in the refrigerator to chill.
When serving, get tall glasses and put some ice cubes. Fill 2/3 of each glass with the chilled brew and pour in the milk. Enjoy!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rudy Caretti has more than 15 years of experience in the coffee industry, a passion that started in Italy within the family business and brought him to found Gimoka Coffee UK with a group of friends, who share the same passion. Since he roasted his first batch of coffee as a teenager, he was fascinated by the many ways it can be processed to get the many different distinctive flavors we all love. As a coffee connoisseur, Rudy has always been aware of the vital role played by coffee in most people’s social life and he is especially active through the company’s social media and blog. He loves sharing his knowledge with readers around the world, writing and posting articles that range from the coffee brewing techniques to raising awareness of the importance of responsible production to help protect the rights of farmers and protect the environment.