A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

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A Latte a Day... a Delicious, Espresso Machine-Free Yummy Start to the Day | PepperDesignBlog.com

In love with good coffee I am. I go back and forth between a drip cup and a foamy latte in the morning, but lately I’ve been on a kick for the latter. It’s such a treat.

It saves me $ by making a latte at home and it’s actually very easy (even without a big espresso machine).

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I suppose it’s not really a latte because of that reason, it’s more of a very strongly dripped half cup of coffee + steamy, frothy milk. That would technically make it a cafe au lait?

It’s the ritual that really I love most. The smell of freshly ground beans, steaming the milk, the first sip… I used to drink coffee right out of bed and then I realized that I was always drinking a cold cup after the girls were ready for the day. Now I almost always wait until it’s time to sit down at my desk and start my work day. Weekends still get an early cup (preferably with a newspaper or book).

I stopped using my coffee maker years ago and finally gave it away last month. Hadn’t been touched in ages and was using up precious kitchen space. This basic plastic cone filter has made a perfect cup of coffee (one cup at a time) for as long as I can remember. My mom first turned me on to drip coffee and now I can’t imagine anything else. So easy to clean, to store and so easy use!

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Truly an awesome cup of coffee, too.

Step 1: heat a kettle of water (you can use a standard kettle or one made for pour over coffee like this Hario). Step 2: add a paper coffee filter to cone, fill with 2-4tb (I like it heavy) with your favorite roasted coffee grounds. Some swear by weighing out coffee grounds but I’m more of a can’t-have-too-much sort of scooper. Step 3: pour hot water over grounds slowly and evenly.

A Latte a Day... a Delicious, Espresso Machine-Free Yummy Start to the Day | PepperDesignBlog.com

That and a quick splash of half and half is perfect. If I’m making a morning latte though, I’ll follow the above steps and make a very strong half cup of dripped coffee and then add steamed milk and foam.

I experimented and researched for months before I found a tool that can steam milk and make rich foam sans microwave, sans burning and sans a massive machine. I have used the Capresso frothPRO for about two years now and it’s been the greatest find! Somewhere along the line my lid went missing, but I top it with a saucer and it does the trick.

A Latte a Day... a Delicious, Espresso Machine-Free Yummy Start to the Day | PepperDesignBlog.com

There are three settings: cold frothed milk, extra hot steamed milk and hot steamed milk. The milk foam for all three is so thick you could cut it with a knife.

I pour my steamed milk over my freshly brewed drip coffee and top it with several big scoops of foam. My morning latte is born. If you’re a flavor kind of person, a drizzle of vanilla or carmel is yummy. Or even a dash of half and half or creamer. Mostly I prefer mine as-is though.

 A Latte a Day... a Delicious, Espresso Machine-Free Yummy Start to the Day | PepperDesignBlog.com

A Latte a Day... a Delicious, Espresso Machine-Free Yummy Start to the Day | PepperDesignBlog.com

I really can’t think of a better way to start the day :).

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6 comments on “A Latte a Day…

  • Andrea

    Um, this looks amazing. I have my regular coffee pot (it’s what my mom always used) although I LOVE the minimalist idea of the pour over. Annnddd I think I need a Capresso frothPRO ASAP. I drink tea mostly but drink it with warm milk, so maybe tea lattes will be in my future. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Jennifer

    Haha, I was going to go with an iced coffee this morning but this post has made that impossible! Thanks for sharing the milk steamer — I’m still doing it the old-fashioned way, with a pan on the stove and a frother (sometimes a whisk) but now that I have 5 children under 5 in my home every day, I think this sounds like a safer option! Added to my cart!

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    • Morgan Post author

      This little device is so awesome and so much easier to clean up than stove top – but I’ve totally been there! Also, sort of fool proof around the little ones. Ha, you’d think this was a sponsored post ;), but love that Capresso!

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  • Leslie

    I would totally try to get the Husband to give up his coffee maker for a little contraption like that, but I know it would be a VERY hard sell. We do have a little milk warmer, but I haven’t used it in ages, and I don’t remember it making much froth. Maybe it’s time to pull it out and give it another go! BTW, do you have a favorite coffee blend for your ‘lattes’?

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    • Morgan Post author

      Oooh that’s a great question. I was thinking of putting a post together just on because small roaster coffee is so easily available these days!

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