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6 Tasty Coffee Drinks You Can Make At Home
Coffee is an essential drink for many people. But when you’re at home, it can be hard to replicate the quality of what you get at your local barista. Luckily, with these simple tips, making delicious and professional-tasting coffee drinks is easy.
Make a cold brew coffee. Cold brewing is not only a delicious but refreshing way to have your daily caffeine fix—it’s also better for you than hot coffee. Scientifically speaking, hot-brewed coffee has higher levels of acidity and bitterness than cold-brewed coffee because heat releases compounds that give it those qualities.
Because of this, when you make cold brew at home using air roasted coffee, you end up with a cup with less acidity and bitterness than hot-brewed coffee. That means your drink will be smoother and less harsh on your stomach. For an even smoother cup, try adding milk or cream before drinking (and don’t forget the sweeteners).
Chocolate and coffee have always been a pair, and you can find mochas in any coffee shop. If you’re looking for a way to enjoy your favorite combo at home, try making this simple recipe:
- Brew a cup of hot coffee or espresso;
- Add chocolate syrup to taste (or 1/4 cup chocolate powder). Stir until combined, then add whipped cream if desired (1/4 cup per serving). You can also add cinnamon or nutmeg for an extra kick of flavor;
- Add vanilla extract if desired (a dash per serving). You can also add cayenne pepper for some extra pizazz—just be careful not to overdo it.
A latte is a coffee drink that originated in Italy. It’s made with steamed milk and espresso, so it has the same base as a regular cup of joe but with extra foam on top. It can be flavored with syrups or other ingredients like chocolate powder, caramel sauce, or cinnamon.
The cappuccino is a simple drink made at home with minimal equipment. The cappuccino recipe calls for espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk. The ratio of coffee to milk is usually one part espresso to three parts steamed milk and four parts foamed milk.
The temperature of the coffee and milk should be about 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius) when poured into the cup; if you don’t have a thermometer handy, just make sure it’s warm but not too hot. Once poured over ice into your drink, serve with chocolate sprinkles on top as well as cinnamon if desired.
A macchiato is an espresso drink with a small amount of frothed milk. It’s also known as a “stained” coffee because the crema on top is stained by adding steamed milk.
The best way to make your macchiato at home is to use an espresso machine and frother. You can purchase these items separately or in various packages, which often include all of the necessary accessories you’ll need (such as a tamper) along with instructions for use and care.
These products range in price from $20-$300 depending on what features they offer and where you buy them from; if you’re looking for something more affordable but still want high-quality results, try searching online for used models instead.
You’ll also need some sort of mixing pitcher so that when you pour hot water into it first before adding other ingredients like sugar cubes or vanilla extract packets.
The White Russian cocktail is made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream. It’s often served in a cocktail glass and is popular in the United States. The ingredients are usually shaken, not stirred.
A classic recipe calls for 1 part vodka to 3/4 parts Kahlúa or Tia Maria mixed with 2 parts milk or half-and-half (the more cream you use, the less of each other ingredient you need).
The drink was invented by “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski, where he orders it at a bar along with his bowling partner Walter Sobchak (John Goodman).
With these recipes, you can make various delicious coffee drinks at home. They’re easy to prepare and will help you feel like a pro barista.
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