Do you love waking up to the sweet aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the kitchen? For some, there is no better way to start the morning. Coffee has long been one of America’s favorite beverages, but it’s not just for breakfast anymore. From creamy lattes and cappuccinos, to frozen blended treats, coffee can be enjoyed at any time of the day (although it’s smart to switch to decaf the closer you get to bedtime)! Best of all, you don’t need to spend a fortune at your local coffee house to sip a specialty drink. If you want to learn how to be a barista in your own kitchen, read on.
Creating A Coffee Station
Start by designating an area in your kitchen as a coffee station. Whether it’s a corner of your kitchen island countertop, a portable cart, or as part of your home bar cabinet, having a space reserved for brewing is essential. This is where you will keep your drip coffee maker, single-serve pod maker, and/or espresso machine. Install a utility tray in a nearby drawer for holding spoons or stirrers, beverage napkins, filters, reusable straws, and a coffee scoop. A pull out trash can is also a nice addition below a kitchen island. Keep a grinder for whole beans in your kitchen or bar cabinet, as well as mugs, tall glasses, a cream pitcher and a thermal carafe. Then, designate a portion of your kitchen pantry cabinet for storing non-dairy or shelf-stable creamer, canisters of white and raw sugar, honey, stevia packets, and simple syrup or agave nectar for iced coffee. If you love specialty drinks, you’ll also need flavored syrups, a blender, and spices like cinnamon, cocoa powder, and nutmeg. Last but definitely not least, you’ll need a variety of coffee beans or bags of ground coffee, and a basket or carousel for holding pods.
Specialty Coffee Drinks To Make At Home
Channel your inner coffee barista and try one of these three recipes at home, right in your very own kitchen!
Iced Vanilla Latte: With just three simple ingredients from your refrigerator and kitchen pantry cabinet, this Iced Vanilla Latte recipe from Snacks and Sips is easy to make and perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.
Frozen Mocha Frappe: This refreshing blended beverage from The Chunky Chef is a great way to use leftover coffee. Freeze your favorite brew into cubes using an ice cube tray for whenever you need a pick-me-up.
Boozy Iced Coffee: You won’t find this iced specialty drink at your local coffee house! You can use your favorite warm-weather libation from your bar cabinet to spike this recipe from The Wanderlust Kitchen, whether it’s coconut rum, hazelnut liqueur, or whipped cream vodka.
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