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April 9, 2009 3:59:12 PM PDT
Get your morning kick with cheap, creative recipes to give you a boost.

Classic Cappuccino
Hot Latte Recipe
A very Italian, traditional, and classic hot beverage for only $0.35

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. of espresso or strong brewed coffee
  • 4 oz. of milk
Process:
  1. Begin by brewing your shot of espresso using either an espresso machine or a strong brewing method, such as a moka pot. Heat your milk by steaming it using your espresso machine, or by slowly heating it up on the stove over medium heat, and then whipping it using an electric hand frother until the desired amount of froth is created. Put espresso in the bottom of the cup and fill cup with heated milk.
by GOTMILK?/TOMA LECHE in collaboration with Heather Perry, 2007 and 2003 U.S. Barista Champion

Aztec Cocoa on the Rocks
Cold Latte Recipe
An ice-filled, exotic beverage with a hint of chocolate at $0.66

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. of strongly brewed coffee or espresso
  • 6-8 oz. of milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 pinch of ground, dried, red pepper
  • 2 tbsp. of chocolate
  • 12 ice cubes
  • 1 tbsp. of brown sugar
Process:
  1. Use the cinnamon stick to mix the 2 oz. of strong brewed coffee or espresso, 2 tbsp. of chocolate, a pinch of dried red pepper, and 1 tbsp. of brown sugar. After mixing the ingredients, add the milk and mix. Serve over ice and use cinnamon stick to garnish.
by GOTMILK?/TOMA LECHE in collaboration with Master Roaster Rafael Aguiar

Crème Brulee Latte
Sweet Latte Recipe
This decadent drink is a hit with dessert lovers at $0.97

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. espresso or choice of strong coffee
  • 8 oz. steamed milk
  • 1 oz. vanilla bean syrup
  • 2 tbsp. caramel topping
Process:
  1. Begin by brewing your 2 shots or 2 oz. of espresso using either an espresso machine or a strong brewing method, such as a moka pot. Take a 10 oz. cup and lace the sides of it with 1 tbsp. of caramel topping. Then place the syrup at the bottom of the cup and top with the espresso. Heat your milk by steaming it using your espresso machine, or by slowly heating it up on the stove over medium heat, and then whipping it using an electric hand frother until the desired amount of froth is created. Fill cup with heated milk and top with remaining caramel.
by GOTMILK?/TOMA LECHE in collaboration with Heather Perry, 2007 and 2003 U.S. Barista Champion

No Espresso Machine/No Problem
If you haven't invested in an espresso machine, don't despair. The following will assist you in making that perfect latte.

Moka Pot
A moka pot, stovetop coffee brewer, produces a dense concentrated cup of joe that's something between an espresso and Turkish coffee. Coffee is placed into a filter between the lower chamber (that you fill with water) and the upper chamber that will contain the finished beverage after brewing.

To Brew:

  • Fill the bottom with good fresh water up to the level of the valve or a little over it.

  • Fill the filter basket with coffee. The grind should be fine, but not powdery. Do not pack the coffee or tamp it down. As the coffee becomes wet, it wants to expand.

  • Drop the filter basket into the lower chamber, put the top on and place on stovetop to medium heat.

  • Brewing should take five minutes. Brewing is done when the water has percolated to the top.

    Milk Frother
    This device aerates the milk by rapidly mixing it to introduce as much air as possible. The result is a foamy texture well-loved by coffee enthusiasts.
    $1.99 at IKEA stores
    To buy: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10076320

    About Heather Perry
    Twenty-six-year-old Heather Perry discovered her love for java more than a decade ago. This renowned barista began her coffee career at the tender age of 11 by washing dishes and sweeping floors in her parent's coffeehouse. At 15, Heather worked behind the espresso machine and used her creativity to experiment with different drinks and make them her own.

    Years of dedication to her craft paid off. Perry has been named United States Barista Champion in 2007 and 2003, plus a Western Region Champion in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. She has also appeared on many TV shows including "What's Hot What's Cool" on the Food Network and BIG on the Discovery Channel where her name was put in the Guinness Book of World Records for building the worlds largest espresso machine.

    Perry is currently the Director of Training and Consulting at the Coffee Klatch. She also recently established the Heather Perry's Best Barista Training and General Manages Coffee Klatch's Southern California coffeehouses. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in International Business and Marketing.

    For more info and recipes: http://www.gotmilk.com


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