My Favorite Homemade Latte
During college, I would often to go a local coffee shop to study. I loved going there for a change of scenery, but also because I loved their Caramel Latte’s. I ate spaghetti and Ramen noodles often so that I’d still have money left for latte’s at JP’s Coffee shop.
About 2 years ago, I won a Nespresso Machine (with a milk frother!) through a blogging group I was a part of. I never win anything, so this was especially exciting. It was just like having a coffee shop in my own house – latte’s whenever I wanted! My husband loved it for the shots of espresso he could make for a late afternoon pick-me-up. P.S. If you are looking for a nice Christmas gift for an espresso or latte-drinker in your family, this would be a perfect idea!
The machine came with a supply of their coffee pods which were fun to try, but I ran out and never bought more. Since I am a sucker for ethically-sourced and fair-trade options even for coffee “pods”, I had thoughts of looking for an option that fit that description.
Recently, I learned about Gourmesso.com. They fit the bill and align with the high value I place on sourcing and organic options. I’ve been enjoying my afternoon latte’s again, usually during a half-hour time where I tend to sit down and read, surf the internet or while pinning things on Pinterest.
Part of my challenge when trying to re-create the Caramel Latte’s from the coffee shop, was finding a replacement for the high-sugar caramel syrup that they used. I’m not a sweets sort of person, so even then I always asked for 1/2 the pumps of the caramel. BUT, I think I figured out the perfect solution and I think I actually love it more than the one from the coffee shop!
Because drinking milk doesn’t agree with my body very well, I used canned organic coconut milk and maple syrup as the sweetener.
I popped the coffee pod into the machine, flipped the switch and out came the aromatic and soothing “coffee shop smell”. Mmmm….
Then, I put about 3/4 cup of coconut milk into the milk frother, pushed the button and watched it zoom around until the milk was hot and frothy. I stirred that into the espresso, added just a bit of maple syrup to taste, and that was it!
Do you enjoy lattes? What are your favorite flavors and ingredients?
P.S. Coffee makes me think of breakfast and if you need some breakfast ideas you may want to check out my Convenient Real Food Breakfast ideas!