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I love coffee! Especially gourmet coffee! Haven’t I said that like a million times on Faith Filled Food for Moms!? I sip on coffee all day long, but my most favorite cups of coffee of the day are my first cup and my last cup. I can’t afford to go out everyday and buy myself specialty coffee drinks. So I’ve learned how to make espresso at home and enjoy homemade gourmet coffee drinks, like Lattes or Icy Coffee Milkshakes!
Years ago my daughter gave me a coffee maker that has a timer..brilliant! HA! So every morning when I get up..there it is..awww smelling so good and ready for me. Just waiting for me sip and relax for my very short time in the morning. How I love that!
The second time of the day I love to enjoy my coffee is in the late afternoon. I make myself a special cup, a little different than the rest of the day. Many don’t like to drink coffee that late, but for me it’s the beginning of busy evenings with teens in sports, drama, church and so on. So I NEED a little pick me up…a special one!
Moms need to do something special for themselves in the midst of taking care of everyone else, don’t you think?!
My love of coffee goes waaay back. My Mom and Grandmother LOVED there coffee too! Now I know why…I guess they needed a little pick me up too! LOL
With the hectic, crazy dis function of my young life, coffee seemed to be something that could be enjoyed over kindness, quietness…peacefulness. Unlike the wild fighting and abusive craziness that came with the alcoholism that haunted my family.
Coffee was served at every family gathering. Coffee was used in special old fashion yummy recipes and one of my favorite memories of coffee was dipping my toast in coffee…my Grandmother used to let me do that. Oh I just loved that! The smell, the taste, the fellowship that surrounded the coffee…well it just seemed like something good. It was #CookinComfort at it’s best.
I’ve tried tons of coffee over the years and one of my faves is Gevalia! Gevalia has several different kinds of Roast and Grind flavors these days too. Gevalia Single Serve K-Cups are also available in many flavors for the Keurig! I love that, but honestly..I drink so much coffee it’s not really practical for me to use my Keurig ALL the time. I also know that many of you may not have a Keurig and so I wanted to show you how you can make your own tasty Gourmet Coffee Drinks with an espresso machine!
Now don’t be intimidated…it really is so easy as you will see…This is made with just an old Espresso Machine that we have had for years nothing fancy..but deelish!
How to Make Espresso at Home and Enjoy Homemade Gourmet Coffee Drinks
- Espresso Coffee (Gevalia is a Yummy choice ) I use already ground
- Milk (I just use 2%)
- Vanilla Syrup Flavoring (with or without sugar)
Start by filling your Coffee Filter/Container with coffee. Half is plenty for one large cup..that will make a strong 2 shots.
Now replace that back into the Espresso Machine. Then add water. For one cup add up to the 2 line. However much coffee you put into the filter (i.e.. 1 shot/1 water, 2 shots/2 water) is the same amount of water as you use.
Make sure and replace lid tightly. Then turn the handle to little cup.
Fill your Milk to about 1/3 of a small coffee mug or carafe. Usually one comes with a machine unless you bought it at a second hand store.
When the espresso reaches the 1 line..see that funny steam symbol? Then turn the “on” knob (you know the one with the little cup) the other way (all the way) and place the steamer into the milk..be careful..it’s steam!
When done steaming..just add your flavoring to cup, then espresso, then steamed milk.
That’s it! You can do this…you deserve it and really it only takes just a couple times to get the hang of it…It’s totally worth it!
Nowwww….. My super deluxe EASY way to make…
Icy Coffee Milkshake
- Espresso Coffee
- any flavoring you like
My favorite part about this recipe is that I can make it up ahead of time so I can throw it together anytime without any muss and fuss. First make Espresso as shown above but don’t do the milk part..just the coffee. Then pour coffee into an ice cube tray and freeze.
Then when you are ready to make a yummy Icy Coffee Milkshake you just get out your Espresso Cubes.
Toss into any kind of blender and add flavoring and milk. You can add as much of little as you want of each to your liking. (those white cubes are frozen milk)
Now blend it all up and pour into a mug or into a fancy cup with a straw and pretend you went out and bought yourself a special coffee drink from a real live coffee shop!
You can also add whipping cream, sauces…anything you want to make pretty and tasty! The skies the limit!!
Valentines Day is just around the corner…make one for your Honey!
By the way… I purchased my Gevalia Roast and Grind Espresso at Walmart for $5.85! EXCELLENT deal. I found it in the Coffee section..
Let me know if you like to make YOUR own specialty coffee drink. If you don’t… I hope you will take the time to learn how to make espresso and make YOUR OWN gourmet coffee drinks.
You deserve it!!