How To Make Specialty Coffee Drinks At Home – The Ultimate Guide

How To Make Specialty Coffee Drinks At Home – The Ultimate Guide

Iced Cinnamon Frappe, Macchiato, Chococino; if you are anything like me, you are probably already salivating at the idea of these, let alone the idea of being able to make them in your own home (and subsequently make about 5 cups of this dreamy stuff for the same price you would have paid for only one, from any kind of well-known retailer). Take a tantalising moment to read through some of the Specialty Coffee Recipes below:

Specialty Coffee: Recipe #1 – Red Eye Fancy Coffee red eye fancy coffee

OhEmGee… As far back as I can remember, the main point of coffee is to wake us up. But also considering that our bodies build up natural defences against pretty much anything we consume frequently, the same can apply to coffee and its efficacy in increasing our alertness. It’s no shock that this little shot of crazy energy has been dubbed the “Red-Eye”, considering that in less than two minutes you could prepare the most powerful kick derived from Coffee. All it takes is 1 ounce (roughly 30 grams) of Espresso added to one cup of freshly brewed regular coffee. (It’s kind of like adding a shot of hard liquor to a pre-mixed alcoholic drink – beware the kick!)

Speciality Coffee: Recipe #2 – Dairy Free Iced Coffee and Vegan Friendly Iced Coffee vegan friendly coffee

The most basic tip I have picked up in making home-made iced coffee treats is to freeze your left over brewed coffee in ice-cube trays. These can be added to milk and allowed to dissolve to formulate a delicious, tailored-to-your-taste iced coffee. Add some sweetener, sugar or even flavoured syrup to give it that little bit extra. However, those of us who suffer at the hand of lactose intolerance can also enjoy these type of drinks by simply replacing cow’s milk with Almond Milk (thereby also making it suitable for vegans). Now we’re all happy, aren’t we? (Add a sliver of quality chocolate for that “cherry on top” effect)

Specialty Coffee: Recipe #3 – Mexican Iced Coffee (Caffé Mexicano) mexican coffee

This is strictly after-hours coffee, NOT one to start your day off with (unless you’re on holiday, of course). The ingredients include ounce Kahlua (about 30ml or a single shot), 1⁄2 ounce brandy (about half a shot), 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup and a dash of ground cinnamon, added to your hot, freshly brewed coffee. Sweeten it with whipped cream and even top it off with a sprinkle of finely ground cocoa.

Speciality Coffee: Recipe #4 – Black Magic Coffee – Sugar Free and Fat Free Coffee black magic coffee

Sugar free, fat free, but 100% full of and packed with pure magic! Simply add 10 ounces (about 250g) hot black coffee (freshly brewed), 1⁄4 teaspoon chocolate extract (or to taste), 1⁄4 teaspoon hazelnut extract (or to taste), 1⁄4 teaspoon rum extract (or to taste). Instead of extract, you may use the genuine alcohol – but beware the kick, and the fact it may be a bit overpowering.

Speciality Coffee: Recipe #5 – The Class Chocolate Coffee – Moccachino Latte with an Orange Twist  orange coffee

This is my personal favourite little concoction of happiness. Heat your milk (about 250ml) on the stove until it comes to the boil; add about 50g dark chocolate, roughly chopped up, and allow it to melt while continuously stirring. In the meantime, grate some orange zest (about half a teaspoon) into a side dish. Once the chocolate segments have melted, add some good quality, Freeze-Dried instant coffee (about two heaped teaspoons) and allow it to dissolve. Remove from heat, top with whipped cream and sprinkle some orange zest over.

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