A homemade cup of coffee is the perfect complement to a light breakfast. In between getting your last minute outfit details together, I’d say it fits right in between catching up on morning email notifications and getting some morning readings done. Although I’ll admit that I’m a tea lover at heart, coffee is the nuts and bolts of what make for the perfect serene and unperturbed morning.
I’m no expert in coffees, but I do love a good latte. (For a quick lesson in espresso-based drinks, click here). The generous combination of steamed milk and milk foam are to me the elements that enrich the whole coffee experience. The good news is, no need for fancy shmancy steaming machinery. A Magic Bullet, a tablespoon and a good old stove top will do just fine.
- 1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee (Espresso component)
- 3/4 cup 2% Milk (steamed milk and milk foam component)
- Hot chocolate or cocoa powder (to sprinkle)
These amounts can be adjusted to your liking.
1: Create your strongly brewed coffee using either a regular coffee machine or some kind of a Nespresso machine. What has worked for me using a regular coffee machine is adding in 1-2 extra tablespoons of coffee powder than the recommended amount. (ie. if two cups of coffee calls for 2 tablespoons of coffee powder, add in 3-4 instead, depending on your liking). Pour espresso into a coffee cup.
2: To create the steamed milk component, warm up approximately 3/4 of a cup of milk and heat in a little pot over medium heat until it starts to boil slightly. Pour into a jar, close the lid and shake for about a minute. Pour the warm milk into a Magic Bullet or blender and blend for a couple of seconds until you see some froth forming. Stop blending and separate the foam which has formed on top into another little glass using a tablespoon.
3: Pour the steamed milk on top of your espresso.
4: Spoon the milk foam onto the top of the steamed milk.
5: Sprinkle some hot chocolate or cocoa powder on top of the milk foam.