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Making Coffee at Home: The Drink Recipes to Try Next

Making Coffee at Home: The Drink Recipes to Try Next

By California.com
December 11, 2020

We like big mugs and we cannot lie. Words can’t espresso how much we all love coffee; it’s one of the most highly traded commodities, after all. Making coffee at home is an everyday activity for everyone around the world—we sip on it in the morning, afternoon, and sometimes evening. Coffee has become an essential part of our lives.

While you may have found the best coffee shops in Los Angeles to go to on dates or have finally sought out the best roasters in San Francisco for the perfect morning cup of coffee, sometimes the coffee craving strikes but we don’t feel like going out. Luckily, it isn’t that hard to make your own coffee at home.

Delicious Recipes For Making Coffee At Home

Are you even doing your morning ritual right if cold brew isn't part of it? It's all about the brew and you.

Whether you want a classic cold brew, iced coffee, or delish espresso concoction topped with whipped cream, California bloggers and coffee companies have you covered. So, rise and grind and make these DIY coffee recipes; they’re mug-nificent. 

1. Cold Brew At Home

Everybody needs to know how to make iced coffee at home. What if there’s an emergency and you have to whip out your brewing skills to save the day? Eat the Love is here to help us so we don’t always have to go to the East Bay coffee shops for a decent cup of iced coffee. 

Ingredients

3 cups medium roast coffee beans, freshly ground into a fine powder 

3 cups room-temperature filtered or spring water 

2 sprigs fresh mint

Ice

Sugar, cream, sea salt (optional)


Directions

1. Place ground coffee, water, and mint in a pitcher. Cover with a plastic wrap, and let sit for 24 hours. Stir the mixture every now and then throughout the day.

2. Using a fine-mesh sieve, pour out the liquid and coffee grounds. Then, pour the remaining liquid through a paper coffee filter.

3. In a glass full of ice, pour in ¼ cup of the coffee concentrate and ¾ cup of water, and stir. If you like your coffee strong, add less water.

4. If desired, add sugar, cream, and a pinch of sea salt.

5. Place the rest of the coffee concentrate in the fridge to use later.

6. Indulge in your aromatic cold brew at home

We're not going to lie. We can't imagine living a life without iced coffee. It's just too divine.

2. Vietnamese Iced Coffee At Home

Making iced coffee at home is pretty simple, so why not jazz it up by adding a Vietnamese touch to it? Kitchen Confidante showed us the best way to make this coffee at home, and we're not going to lie—we like it a latte. 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons dark French roast coffee, ground

6 ounces boiling water

2–3 tablespoons condensed milk

1 cup coffee ice cubes


Directions

1. Select the strongest and darkest brew on your coffee maker’s steeping method. If you don’t have one, simply steep coffee in boiling water for about 4 minutes, then pour the filtered coffee into a glass.

2. Add condensed milk and coffee ice cubes. (Regular ice cubes will water it down.)

3. Enjoy the delightful iced coffee at home while reading a book. 

A touch of coconut yields the taste of paradise. Add coconut to your brew and attain nirvana.

3. Toasted Coconut Cold Brew At Home

Did someone say toasted coconut cold brew? We want to make this coffee with whatever means necessary. Thanks to Ketch-Up With Linda, we now know the best way to brew this coffee at home. (No more looking for coffee roasters by Lake Tahoe.)

Ingredients

For the toasted coconut syrup

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

¾ cup water

2 tablespoons honey

⅓ cup light brown sugar

For the drink

6 ounces cold brew (hot or cold)

Coconut milk


Directions

1. Add coconut to a small pan, and cook over low-medium heat for a few minutes, or until golden. Make sure the coconut doesn't burn.

2. Gradually add water to the pan, and turn the heat to low while continuously stirring for three more minutes.

3. Pour in honey and brown sugar, and stir until ingredients dissolve.

4. Remove from heat, and let sit for at least 30 minutes and up to four hours. Then, strain the syrup using a fine-mesh sieve into a glass container. 

5. Pour the hot or cold brew into a cup, and add about two tablespoons of the toasted coconut syrup.

6. Top it off with a splash of coconut milk, and voilà. You just made a delicious cold brew at home

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How To Make Espresso At Home

Regardless if it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner, does anything sound more appetizing than espresso and croissants?

Don’t be depresso, make espresso at home—it’s the classic breakfast drink. You don’t need to own a fancy machine to prepare it, either. It’s perfectly possible to make espresso at home with the equipment you already have.

One of the best ways to make espresso is by using a French press. First, grind a minimum of two tablespoons of coffee on a fine setting, and add the coffee grounds to the French press. Meanwhile, heat one cup of water, just below 200 degrees, in your kettle. Add a splash of water to your coffee, let it steep for about 30 seconds, and then pour the rest of the water into the French press. Close the lid and let the coffee soak for about five minutes. Slowly and steadily push the plunger halfway down. Then, raise the plunger to the top, before pressing it down completely using the same amount of pressure. Congratulations, you now know how to make espresso at home

There are so many ways to get creative with espresso. Here are a few delicious recipes to make any day, anytime.

Missing the flavors of fall? Make a pumpkin spice latte at home. One sip and you're in heaven.

4. Pumpkin Spice Latte At Home

Spice, spice, and everything nice, baby. Detoxinista gave us pumpkin to talk about with this tasty DIY coffee recipe. We already miss fall, so we’re definitely making this pumpkin spice latte at home. Don’t forget to pair it with California’s best pumpkin spice products

Ingredients

1 cup brewed coffee

1 tablespoon pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon almond butter

1 tablespoon maple syrup

¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice


Directions

1. Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.

2. Have a taste test and adjust seasonings if necessary.

3. Pour into a mug and enjoy your pumpkin spice latte at home along with your fall reading list

This season, it's all about making a rich, chocolatey mocha and getting cozy on the couch.

5. Make A Mocha At Home

How often do we have to go to San Diego’s coffee shops for a nice mocha? Now that you can make a mocha at home, not as often as you think. We have Baking Mischief to thank for this easy and simple DIY coffee recipe. Making coffee at home has never been better. 

Ingredients

1 cup hot coffee

¼ cup milk of your choice

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1–2 tablespoons granulated sugar (to taste)

1 tablespoon heavy cream

Whipped cream, for topping (optional)


Directions

1. Place all ingredients—except whipped cream—in a mason jar, cover with the lid, and give it a few good shakes. Make sure everything is mixed well and the milk is foamy.

2. Pour mixture into a mug, and microwave for 30 seconds (or until it’s steaming).

3. Remove from microwave and top with whipped cream (if using it). Now you can make a mocha at home when you’re having your friends over. 

This drink just looks so heavenly, we're already dreaming about taking the first sip. Photo courtesy of healthy happy life.

6. Walnut Cinnamon Mocha Coffee Shake

Walnut cinnamon mocha coffee shake, where have you been all my life? It's the perfect blend of love and deliciousness. Healthy Happy Life is keeping us grounded with this luscious DIY coffee recipe. Watch me sip, watch me nae nae while making this coffee at home

Ingredients

5 coffee ice cubes, sweetened 

5 non-dairy milk cubes 

2 water ice cubes (add 3 coffee cubes for a stronger coffee flavor)

1 large frozen banana

½ cup non-dairy milk 

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons chopped raw walnuts

1 teaspoon cacao powder


Directions

1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until thick and creamy. Add more non-dairy milk if it’s too thick for your liking. 

2. Pour it into a cup and sip, sip, hooray!

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