Coffee could have its own branch of knowledge, not only because it has a deep history and economic importance, but because there are endless ways to brew it and endless coffee drinks to try!
Coffee sustains our energy and it’s a cornerstone in our social lives, but you don’t have to be a coffee scholar to make delicious coffee drinks at home.
These days we can all be our own barista. Espresso machines used to cost a small fortune, but now consumers can buy all sorts of affordable coffee making machines, tools, and accessories for making coffee at home.
The cost of buying coffee at cafes and coffee shops has a lot of us wondering; how to make fancy coffee drinks at home?
How Do You Make Good Coffee at Home?
National Coffee Day is this month so we’re sharing simple coffee drinks to make at home so you can learn how to make a few of those Starbucks coffee drinks from the comfort of home.
In the U.S. National Coffee Day is celebrated on September 29th, while International Coffee Day is celebrated around the world on October 1st. Celebrate one or both days by learning how to make coffee at home. Whether you prefer hot coffee or iced coffee—we’ve got you covered.
Some people invest in a lot of coffee equipment, but chances are you can whip up delicious coffee drinks with what you already have at home.
Some Common Coffee Equipment and Tools:
- Drip Coffee Makers
- French Press
- Espresso Machine
- Pour Over Coffee Maker
- Stovetop Espresso and Moka Pots
- Coffee Grinders
- Fancy Barista Spoons
- Espresso Tampers
- Frothing Pitchers
How many types of coffee drinks are there? Well…there really are endless types of coffee drinks. Your imagination can brew up infinite iterations of blended coffee drinks—don’t be afraid to get creative!
Some Common Types of Coffee Drinks Are:
- Black Coffee
- Nitro Coffee
- Turkish Coffee
- Cafe Au Lait
- Flat White
Prepare Iced Coffee at Home
Want to know how to make the best iced coffee drinks at home? Well, there are different schools of thought on the best method to prepare iced coffee at home. Some believe the best iced coffee is cold brewed iced coffee, while others swear by the brew-a-pot-and-let-it-cool method.
Don’t worry—we’re sharing how to brew iced coffee both ways.
Big Batch Cold Brew
Not only does making coffee at home save you money, but it can save you a ton of time—especially if you are making a big batch of coffee to get you through the work week.
Cold brewed coffee is less acidic, quite smooth, and perfect for iced coffee.
To Make Cold Brew You Will Need:
- Coarsely ground coffee or
- Whole coffee beans and a coffee grinder or spice grinder
- Large container with a lid
How to Make Cold Brew:
Gently stir 1 part coarsely ground coffee beans into 3 parts filtered water to make a concentrate that you can later add water and/or milk to serve. We like to make our cold brew in a giant half gallon mason jar with a lid. You might start with1 cup of coffee to 3 or 4 cups of water depending on how strong you want your concentrate.
Alternatively, you can brew a ready to drink cold brew by mixing 1 part coarsely ground coffee to 8 parts water. You may have to play around with the ratio to find the perfect cold brew for your taste. If you like it stronger, add a little less water, if you like your cold brew on the mild side, you may want to add a little more water. Find what works best for you.
Let the coffee steep on the counter or in the fridge for 12-16 hours depending on how strong you prefer your cold brew. The longer it steeps the stronger it will taste, but you risk it becoming a little more acidic.
Once it’s done brewing, filter the mixture using a mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth or a tea towel. That’s it. It’s simple, fast to put together,
Now that you have your cold brew, you can make easy iced coffee drinks with it all week long. Of course, you can make fresh cold brew everyday if you prefer—but we’re all about the big batch here.
Brew-and-Chill Easy Iced Coffee
The easiest iced coffee you can make is to simply brew coffee using your preferred method—electric drip coffee maker, percolator, pour over coffee, mako stovetop coffee maker—or any other method you prefer.
Then let the hot coffee come to room temperature, pour over ice, add milk or cream of choice and you’re off. This is another simple coffee drink you can make in large batches and keep covered in the fridge for the week.
At Home Iced Coffee Tips:
- Use simple syrup to sweeten your iced coffee instead of trying to get granule sugar to dissolve in cold coffee.
- Make coffee ice cubes with leftover coffee if you don’t want your iced coffee to get watery as the ice melts.
- Add a swirl of your favorites sauce—like caramel sauce or chocolate sauce—around the inside rim of your iced coffee cup
- Top with whipped cream (and another drizzle of caramel sauce, of course)
- Add a scoop of your favorite ice cream for a frosty treat
How to Make an Iced Latte at Home
You don’t need a big fancy espresso maker to make lattes at home—but if you have one…great! If not, you can use a stove top espresso maker or Moka pot.
Make two shots of espresso, pour it over ice, and add your sweetener of choice. Next, froth your milk by using a frothing wand or by shaking the milk in a mason jar with a lid until frothy, then simply pour it over your espresso.
Sweeten Your Iced Latte With:
- Simple Syrup
- Maple Syrup
- Flavored Syrup
- Flavored Coffee Creamer
How to Make a Hot Latte at Home
Making a hot latte at home will only take a few minutes. Simply make 1-2 espresso shots using your preferred method.
Next you’ll want to steam some milk. If you’re not using an espresso maker with a heating/frothing wand, you can heat your milk on the stovetop or in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds.
Next, you can use a frothing wand, or a whisk to create a little microfoam on the top of the milk. Alternatively, some people choose to shake their milk in a sealed mason jar to create foam and then heat the milk in the microwave.
Pour your espresso in your favorite coffee cup, add your sweetener of choice, then pour your warm milk on top and then you can spoon a little of the frothed milk on top. Easy peasy—you have a hot latte!
How to Make Flavored Coffee Drinks
The easiest way to flavor your coffee, iced coffee, and lattes is to use a flavor infused simple syrup.
You can buy ready-made coffee flavor syrups at the supermarket or you can infuse simple syrup with your favorite flavors for a diy coffee syrup that you can whip up in batches.
As we mentioned above, there are endless flavor combinations to make your coffee drinks at home.
Some Delicious Coffee Syrup Flavors to Try (or DIY):
- Pumpkin Spice
- Cake Batter
- Brown Sugar
- Vanilla Bean
- Toasted Coconut
If you can dream up a flavor combination for your at home coffee drinks, you can make it. Don’t be intimidated by making your own fancy coffee drinks. You can always try again tomorrow. Be creative and enjoy the process!
Make Your Coffee Drinks at Home
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