Before we get started on some rad options for your favorite regular coffees at home, we’ll go over a few technical skills like how to make syrups and how to foam some milk.
Syrups, Milk, and Espresso — Here are a few How-To’s
First off having the GREATEST coffee shop coffee at home means you got to have some of the tricks and ingredients…
How to Make Coffee Syrups
Coffee syrups are an easy one to make. Flavor + Water + Sugar, boil. Here’s a few of our favorite syrups.
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Sugar
- For flavoring options add one of the following:
- Caramel: 1/2 Cup caramel
- Maple: 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
- Vanilla: 3 Tbsp vanilla
- Lavender: Steep the 1 Cup of water from above in tulsi tea for 30 minutes, and strain. (You can do this with any tea, tulsi, rose, chai, etc.)
- Honey-Cinnamon: 1/3 Cup Honey, 3 Tsp Cinnamon
- Using a heavy-bottom pot, combine ingredients and bring to a gentle boil, stirring often.
- Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
- Let cool before putting in a container.
What is the Best Plant-Based Milk for Coffee
It really depends on what you’re going for. If you’re looking for a foam-y milk, you need to use soy, there’s no one way around it unfortunately. Although soy milk is totally not the healthiest milk and not my favorite, I’ll trade the downsides for the foam.
Full fat coconut milk (canned) is a great option for cold foam or if you want more of a fuller creamer option. I like using full fat coconut milk for flavored creamer options. Click here to head to our sister-website and learn how to make some vegan creamer options.
The Quick and Dirty on Espresso and Other Types of Coffee
Coffee is a type of roasted bean that we use to create a liquid that has tons of caffeine and deliciousness. Coffee. There are different grounds, different ways to roast, different ways to grow, and so many more things that impact the flavor of any coffee. We’ll go over those on our sister site. Here we’ll just break down a couple of things that’ll make it easier to make real coffee at home.
What the heck is espresso?… Well, espresso is technically coffee but not all coffee is espresso.
Espresso really isn’t about the beans—coffee beans can be roasted and ground to create a better cup of espresso when you go to brew it.
So what is espresso exactly? Espresso is about how coffee is brewed. Instead of hot water slowly dripping into ground coffee, espresso is when you have hot, boiling water shooting through coffee grounds.
This is why you can have espresso grounds and beans but you can’t make espresso with anything but an espresso machine.
Concentrated coffee is like that thing you HAVE TO HAVE in the kitchen in case of a May Day. This is the coffee I run to when I can’t see my face in the mirror or find my pants yet, but I desperately need coffee. #relatable. I also use it for coffee ice cubes. #bliss.
I often buy it but you can totally make concentrated coffee too.
- 4-4.5 Cups Water
- 1 Cup of Medium Coarse ground coffee
- Gallon Mason Jar
- Cold brew wide mouth filter
Place 1 cup of medium-coarse ground coffee into the filter in the mason jar. Add the cold water. Seal and shake. Place in the fridge for 12 hours (or more). Half of a cup is equal to about 1 cup of regular coffee. I use this for coffee ice cubes as well.
This is what comes out of that $14.95 coffee maker you got on Amazon. It’s the easy peasy stuff you get at the gas station that hopefully no one can screw up. However, you can totally make regular coffee different ways with a pour over versus a coffee machine, etc.
I love making iced coffee via coffee concentrate. 1 part coffee concentrate to 1 part milk. Add coffee ice cups + simple syrup, shake and serve (or add cold foam).