This is the time of year where I always have a pang of envy as I drop off my s0n at school and see the other moms standing around with their fancy coffee drink cups talking about pumpkin lattes and such. Not that I actually want to put dead milk, pesticide filled coffee, high fructose corn syrup, colorings and flavorings into my body – but it always sounds so cool.
The picture shows the “coffee” I will walk up drinking (although it’s usually in a travel mug as I have a tendency to wear almost everything I eat or drink).
Coffee Drinks – Mine Vs. Theirs
But here’s what I’ve truly learned over the years regarding the various coffee type drinks. I can make a coffee type drink at home that is cheaper, faster, tastier, and healthier. Amazingly, every time someone trys my coffee, they want the recipe – which changes on a whim. Even more amazing is the lack of stress making my own morning coffee type drink creates. I’m not rushing around in the morning to get through a coffee stand drive thru. My kids aren’t in the back seat yelling or complaining (well sometimes, but not while I wait for a barista to hand over a cup of coffee). My hands are nicely wrapped around my warm coffee cup as I walk to my car in the crisp autumn morning. The festive spices play on my tongue just like pumpkin pie, or mexican mocha, or whatever I feel like – there are no boundaries with coffee in my own kitchen. Lovely – it’s all just lovely! And peaceful, which is very necessary after a morning of making breakfasts and lunches, feeding the dogs, making sure everyone’s dressed, school work is in hand, dinner’s prepped, gym bag is packed, etc. By 8:00 a.m. I want and need to be holding lovely and peaceful in my hands!
CoffeeType Drink Recipe
So let me walk you through how you too can have a little piece of heaven made specially for you in the form of a coffee drink.
1. Make two shots of espresso – regular or decaf coffee, or half and half (a great start if you’re trying to remove coffee from your diet).
2. Mix up your milk alternatives for the best flavor and texture. Try about 3/4 cup almond and 3/4 cup coconut milk (boxed). Or about 1 1/4 cup almond milk with 1/4 cup coconut milk from a can (this will be creamier). If you can tolerate milk, use raw milk, just make sure you don’t overheat it. The best part of making your own coffee is you decide how you like it. Once in a while, in the summer, I like an iced coffee version and will use all almond milk so there is a thinner consistency (I don’t like coffee clots in my bendy straw).
3. Depending on your taste desire for sweeteners add a spoonful of raw honey, a pinch of stevia, or if you’re early in your transition away from sweeteners try the liquid stevia with vanilla (I don’t recommend staying with liquid stevia permanently as it is in a glucose base, but it’s a good transition step). Again, coffee made by you means sweetened perfectly.
4. If you want a mocha you can either add cocoa and more sweetener or, when I’m in a rush, a spoonful of Wax Orchard fantasy fudge topping. It’s cocoa sweetened with fruit, melts quickly, is super chocolately, and I don’t have to measure as much. A fun addition during the holidays, but you will most likely find you don’t need this added sweetness to your coffee permanently.
5. Here’s where you get to have some stylish fun with your coffee – spices. Start with a little and increase until you know the amounts you like best. Here’s my list: about 1/8 tsp. vanilla, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, a good sized pinch of cayenne, a pinch of ground cloves, a pinch of ground ginger, a pinch of turmeric, and a smaller pinch of nutmeg. Of course on any given day one or more many be omitted. My coffee matches my mood (today is extra cayenne – I’m feeling spicy!).
6. Place all the items into a small pan, blend and heat until just warm enough to drink. To had froth, use a small hand blender, whipping and adding air will give you the perfect coffee shop type drink.
7. Pour into mug, hollar out some version of your name, and enjoy your personalized special coffee shop type drink.
Feel free to drop $5 into a jar and save up for something really cool or fun.