We love our cups o’ joe in the morning. The kids wake us up and, right after filling their sippies, one of us heads straight to our coffee maker to get that liquid fuel brewin’. Anthony takes his black and I usually douse mine with more creamer than I probably should but a mom wants what a mom wants, right? My j-o-b definitely warrants it so I’m totally justified…or so I tell myself. Calories shmalories.
Coffee-mate’s Caramel Macchiato creamer is my favorite (not sugar-free or light; gimme all the calories and taste plz) and up until the beginning of the year, I’d just do the normal brew, pour, dump, and stir but then Anthony casually made himself a latte with said creamer one afternoon and it was so good that it’s now become a daily for me.
All you need is the coffee you normally brew, the creamer you love, and a frother (link heads to the one we bought years ago at Bed, Bath, & Beyond that’still running like a champ or here’s another that has great reviews and is under $7!! Both can be found on amazon so you won’t even have to leave the house!)*
I rolled out a little Instagram video last week to show you just how easy it is to make one of these lattes from the comfort of your own kitchen but I realized that the ‘half-inch’ instruction might’ve been a little silly so, after you watch the vid, read the six easy steps below and then go make yourself one (or three if that’s your jam…errr, joe).
Step 1: Brew your coffee. (If you go the k-cup route, skip to step 2 and brew your coffee after you’ve frothed your creamer.)
Step 2: Pour creamer into your empty cup. We have two sizes of mugs in our cupboard; these two:In our 12 oz. cups, I pour about six tablespoons of creamer and in the 16 oz. I pour about eight. You can adjust to taste but you just need to make sure you have enough to completely or almost completely submerge your frother.
Step 3: Microwave the creamer for 25 seconds. I *think* I read somewhere that, when making lattes, the milk (or creamer in this case) froths better when it’s warm vs. hot so, unless I completely made that up, you might want to run a few test rounds with your microwave to figure out what gets the creamer warm but not boiling.)
Step 4: Froth that warm creamer until it’s nice and fluffy.
Step 5: Pour in your coffee and give it a little stir. (Or stick your mug under your k-cup and press play if you’re going thatta way.)
Step 6 (optional): Add a little more creamer and give it another whirl.
And that’s it! Let me know if you try it!
Making your coffee this way probably doesn’t taste much different but, while it feels lighter and more coffeehouse-ish, it’s definitely a little more fun, and sometimes, a little more fun in the morning just makes the whole day better. ;)
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