Making coffee at home is an art form. The busy baristas you see in cafes in the morning are in demand because they make heavenly coffee. Most people risk running late and angering their bosses or professors so that they can get a cup of that amazing espresso first thing in the morning.
But what can you do when you’re stuck at home and have to make your coffee yourself? Maybe you have to quarantine yourself after recently travelling, or you’ve been potentially exposed to a COVID-positive person.
If you can’t leave the house, how will you get your supply of the aromatic blends of coffee that the friendly barista handed you every morning?
It’s simple. You’ll make it yourself.
We’ll run through some scenarios on how you can make good coffee at home with what you have. So, let’s dive in!
Making Great Coffee At Home With Home Ingredients
Let’s be honest: we all spend hundreds of pounds every year buying coffee from expensive cafes because we cannot make it well ourselves. Sometimes, you end up spilling that cafe on yourself on the bus, or you end up getting a scolding from your boss because the line at the cafe was too long.
You can put an end to all of these pesky problems and save money if you learn to make good coffee at home with the ingredients you can find right from your kitchen.
Now, let’s see how you can do that.
1 – Iced Vanilla Latte
This is one of the simplest coffees you can make with ingredients you can find lying around at home. Since most people go to Starbucks and end up ordering some variation of this coffee, we’ve decided to break it down for you.
All you’re going to need are:
- Some good-quality coffee
- Milk or cream
- Vanilla syrup
Just brew your coffee as you like to (we won’t judge if you use instant coffee powder) and add a dash of milk or cream along with the vanilla syrup. Add some ice cubes to it. Ta-da! Your Iced Vanilla Latte is ready.
2 – Cappuccino
Are you in the mood for this Italian classic responsible for making a lot of people late to class every morning? We’ve got the perfect recipe for you with ingredients you’ll find in your kitchen cabinets.
You will need:
- Good quality coffee
- Cinnamon sticks
- Ground cinnamon
The recipe for a cappuccino is a tiny bit trickier than the previous one, but we’re all here to learn after all.
Take around 2 cups of milk if you wish to make a cup of cappuccino. Heat it in a saucepan along with a cinnamon stick until it starts boiling. Then let it simmer on low heat for around ten more minutes. Take the cinnamon stick out. In a separate cup, brew your favourite blend of coffee. Add sugar to taste (not recommended but not judging again). After that, add the steaming hot milk to the coffee, and top off with ground cinnamon.
Your cappuccino is ready!
Caramel Iced Coffee
This one is another cafe favourite among many people. Luckily for you, it’s very easy to make. If you’ve ever made a dessert in your kitchen, you’re likely to have these ingredients lying about.
So, what will you need for it?
- A strong coffee blend
- Caramel sauce
Just three ingredients? Yes! Brew your coffee the way you like, and then stick it in the refrigerator. Add ice to a glass. Pour a cup of coffee into the glass. After that, add a quarter cup of milk. Mix in some caramel sauce, and enjoy!
In addition, you can top your glass with some whipped cream for that extra cafe touch.
Coconut Milk Latte
This latte is great if you’re on a plant-based diet. With a few ingredients, you can replicate this coffee house classic in just a few minutes. So, what are you going to need for it?
Let’s find out.
- Coconut milk
- Maple syrup
- Vanilla extract
- Brown sugar
Prepare a shot of espresso. Mix the coconut milk with the maple syrup and vanilla extract in a separate cup, along with a teaspoon of sugar. Shake well. After doing these steps, microwave the mixture for half a minute. Pour this mixture over your espresso for this coconut extravaganza!
This one is a classic among people who don’t enjoy steaming cups of coffee. And the best thing?
You don’t need any special ingredients for it.
- Coffee filters
Steep the coffee grounds in cold water for half a day. Granted, this will require you to do some advanced planning. Filter out the grounds and add milk or water, depending on your preference. Your cold brew is ready!
So, these are some of our best recipes to make good coffee at home with ingredients you already have. Do you have a favourite among these? Let us know!
Tips To Make Barista-style Coffee At Home
- Store your coffee beans in an airtight container.
- When you’re making coffee, measure your coffee by its weight and not by its volume.
- Make sure that your water temperature is between 90°C to 94°C. If you’re boiling water, let it sit for a minute before pouring it over your coffee grounds, as water that is too hot tends to make coffee too bitter.
- Don’t grind all your coffee beans at the same time. Only grind what you need.
- Always use filtered water to make coffee. If you’re a fan of cold coffee, keep a filtered water bottle in your refrigerator.
So, are you ready to make the best coffee with supplies that you already have at home? Follow these tips and let us know.
Making good coffee at home has less to do with ingredients and more to do with your technique. Using some simple ingredients with the right technique can lead to barista-style coffee. I hope you liked these simple coffee recipes with ingredients you can find at home.
I am an Italian coffee lover that pushed for the love of this “amazing drug” decided to come to London to study about coffee and its different extraction procedures and tastes.