I’m a big latte drinker, note I said latte and not coffee. There’s something so yummy about a delicious latte. My favorite lattes ever are vanilla lattes or just a plain latte. Whenever I get a latte from Starbucks plain or vanilla, and I find myself adding nutmeg, cinnamon or vanilla sprinkles to my latte. I just love the extra flavor it adds, and now that Fall has arrived it's almost a requirement for me to enjoy my latte. During the 9-5 work week i’m almost always getting a latte to go, on weekends and especially Friday evenings I enjoy making lattes at home. The key to making a good latte at home is investing in a milk frother, it makes a huge difference! Steaming the milk and make pouring it into your espresso takes it to another level. Trust me. If you love drinker cold drinks when the temps are hot, look for a milk frother for hot and cold drinks, mine does both, I love have that option! Last weekend, I decided to try something new and try making a Cinnamon Vanilla Latte.
The cinnamon vanilla latte I made was incredible! The cinnamon flavor combined with the vanilla was so so good, the cinnamon didn’t overpower my drink at all just added another level of character. I’ve made several since then; it's the perfect fall drink without all the extra syrups and drizzles and whips that make up most coffeehouse menus in fall.
To make a latte at home you need an espresso maker, I have a Nespresso U and love it, mine came with a milk frother, here's a similar version of the Nespresso machine I have. Buying an espresso maker can be an investment compared to a traditional coffee maker. I purchase my pods online through Nespresso; they last me a long time. Plus its more affordable buying pods compared to a buying a tall plain latte daily. Keurig has a Cappuccino and Latte system as does Mr. Coffee (links below) I love my Nespresso and its sleek design plus the small footprint it has on my counter tops.
Cinnamon Vanilla Latte
Make your Espresso like you usually would. In your frother use, half milk and half vanilla creamer (this combination is magic!) Add one teaspoon of cinnamon and vanilla sprinkle powder (optional) then froth. Adding the cinnamon and vanilla powder directly to your milk/creamer combination takes the flavors to the next level. Do a long pour or the milk into your cup and then enjoy!
Make Lattes at Home
By far is my new favorite drink for Fall and I love that, I’m skipping all the extra calories that are in most fall drinks and not missing out on in the flavor. How do you make coffee/latte at home and what’s your favorite drink of the fall season?