Be Your Own Barista: Homemade Lattes, Cappuccinos and Mochas

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I’m an inveterate coffee drinker and I am not ashamed to say it. I love everything about coffee. I love the smell of it, the taste of it, the warm ritual of sipping that first cup every morning. And as much as I love my regular drip coffee, I love all the specialty coffee drinks too. I am well versed in coffee culture, having spent many years serving up creamy lattes, frothy cappuccinos and sweet mochas to customers. I was an experienced barista in my time.

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These days I am on the other side of the counter, paying a pretty penny for my beloved coffee drinks. I don’t own an espresso machine and I don’t have the time (or the money) to head to my local coffee bar every day. I despaired of making truly good specialty coffees at home until I discovered the frother attachment on my KitchenAid® 5-Speed Hand Blender. It’s perfect for whipping air into hot milk, so you can make your favorite coffee drinks right in your own kitchen.

Pour your milk of choice into a saucepan over medium heat. Keep in mind that liquids with a higher fat content will foam up more easily than lower fat choices. I use whole milk or a combination of almond milk and some heavy cream, but coconut milk makes a great dairy-free alternative.

Heat the milk until steam rises from the surface and it just begins to bubble around the edges.

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I like to transfer the hot milk to the blending pitcher for frothing, as I am less likely to splatter it everywhere. However, you can also froth it directly in the pan. Just be sure to use the pan guard that comes with your KitchenAid® 5-Speed Hand Blender to protect your good cookware.

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Attach the frother/beater blade to the blending arm of your KitchenAid® 5-Speed Hand Blender and lower it into the milk. Move it up and down in the pitcher, bringing it to the surface and then back down to the bottom. This will drive air bubbles into the liquid and create thicker foam. It only takes a minute or two.

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Once the milk is foamy, fill a mug about two-thirds full, add a few tablespoons of foam to the top and then add some strongly-brewed coffee or espresso.

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If you want to get fancy about it, you can layer your latte by holding an inverted spoon between the milk and the foam and pouring the coffee slowly over the back of the spoon.

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Use a small mug for a cappuccino and fill it one-third full with espresso, one-third with hot milk and one-third with foam. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

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For mochas, add about a tablespoon of your favorite chocolate syrup to the frothed milk before adding the coffee.

Classic Latte

INGREDIENTS

1 cup whole milk

1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee or 1 ounce espresso

DIRECTIONS

Pour milk into a saucepan set over medium heat. Cook until steam rises from the surface and milk just begins to bubble around the edges. Do not boil.

Transfer milk to blender pitcher and use the frother/beater blade of your KitchenAid® 5-Speed Hand Blender to create foam. Keep the blade toward the surface of the milk and move it up and down for thicker foam.

Pour milk into a mug and top with foam. Pour coffee or espresso into mug and enjoy.

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Classic Cappuccino

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee or 1 ounce espresso

1 cup whole milk

Cinnamon for sprinkling

DIRECTIONS

Pour milk into a saucepan set over medium heat. Cook until steam rises from the surface and milk just begins to bubble around the edges. Do not boil.

Transfer milk to blender pitcher and use the frother/beater blade of your KitchenAid® 5-Speed Hand Blender to create foam. Keep the blade toward the surface of the milk and move it up and down for thicker foam. Continue to beat until at least half of the milk has become foam.

Fill a small coffee cup 1/3 full with coffee or espresso, 1/3 full with milk and the remaining 1/3 with foam.

Sprinkle with cinnamon.

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Classic Mocha

INGREDIENTS

1 cup whole milk

1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee or 1 ounce espresso

DIRECTIONS

Pour milk into a saucepan set over medium heat. Cook until steam rises from the surface and milk just begins to bubble around the edges. Do not boil.

Transfer milk to blender pitcher and use the frother/beater blade of your KitchenAid® 5-Speed Hand Blender to create foam. Keep the blade toward the surface of the milk and move it up and down for thicker foam.

Pour milk into a mug and top with foam. Add chocolate syrup to the mug.

Pour coffee or espresso into the mug, stir and enjoy.

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