Coffee, for most of us, is a godsend! Its sweet or bitter taste (depending on which blend you choose) can be relied upon to wake us up each and every morning with its aroma, taste and caffeine content. There are numerous blends to choose from, and they come from all corners of the world!
Thanks to barista-style coffee machines and companies offering to send beans across the globe, it’s increasingly possible to enjoy the magic of coffee from home.
How do you make good coffee at home?
There are three tips to take into consideration when it comes to making good coffee at home. Firstly, choose a quality blend and for best results, you should look to grind your own beans. This will ensure your coffee stays fresh for longer. On top of this, you will fill your home or office with that favourable coffee aroma.
Next, you’ll need the apparatus required to make good coffee. If you fancy yourself as a coffee connoisseur, this may be a fancy barista-style machine.
There are various machines to choose from, ranging from basic models to professional machines that even grind the beans for you. However, you can also use the likes of a cafetière, which can still enable you to make a great coffee – it just takes a little more effort than the touch of a button!
Next, you’ll need skill. By skill we mean, you’ll need to know how to grind coffee beans, how to operate your machine or cafetière and how to pour the coffee or froth the milk. These skills are all easily learnt and there are many coffee forums and YouTube videos available online to help you out.
10 of the best coffee beverages to make at home
1. Flat White
A favourite of many and a great option for those who have a coffee machine and prefer their coffee with milk, but not too much.
Who doesn’t love a creamy cappuccino topped with dashings of cocoa powder?
For those who like a very milky coffee as it’s basically just a glass of frothed milk with a shot or two of espresso. You can always add flavoured syrup such as caramel, vanilla or hazelnut too.
This style of coffee comes in the shape of an extremely frothy drink, but one that still promises a caffeine kick. Simply mix coffee powder, sugar and hot water until creamy, and then add to hot or cold milk.
If you’re a chocolate fan, yet still wish to get that caffeine high, a mocha is a perfect choice as it boasts equal measures of coffee and cocoa.
6. Iced Mocha
Similar to the traditional Mocha, only with ice. This combination is a mixture of rich chocolate milk, whipped cream and a hit of espresso – a little like a dessert in a glass.
7. Iced Latte
If you’re looking for a coffee fix that will also cool you down, a refreshing iced latte is just the ticket. This simple drink requires just a few ingredients and is extremely easy to make at home.
8. Caramel Macchiato
Heighten your coffee game in the summer with an iced caramel macchiato. This coffee boasts a combination of milk, espresso, vanilla syrup and caramel sauce.
Another great option for those that own a coffee machine, this small, simple coffee boasting one or two shots of espresso topped with a tablespoon or two of frothy milk is ideal as a quick pick-me-up at breakfast, brunch or post-dinner.
10. Coffee flapjacks
Looking to take your coffee obsession to the next level? Why not create coffee flapjacks? They’re both syrupy and sticky and are sure to satisfy those coffee cravings in an instance. You can even add the likes of walnuts or cocoa powder to the mix.
Frequently Asked Questions about Coffee Beverages
Q: Is there a trick to making good coffee at home?
A: You’ll need quality coffee beans and a suitable coffee machine to make good coffee.
Q: Do I need to invest in an expensive coffee machine?
A: This is entirely dependent on your needs. If you make coffee a few times every day, the usage could outweigh the cost. However, if you only make coffee once in a while as a treat, a good quality cafetière will suffice.
Q: Can I order coffee online?
A: Yes, you can! Coffee companies now deliver their beans all over the world, with many suppliers offering subscription packages.
Q: What is a coffee subscription?
A: It’s a little like a magazine subscription, in that you get sent a chosen blend (or a mixture) every month. The coffee beans will be delivered directly to your door, meaning you shouldn’t run out of coffee and you’ll also have the chance to try need blends.
Q: Can I add flavour to my coffee?
A: Yes, you can. Asides from picking blends that boast notes of chocolates, berries and nuts, you can also add flavoured syrups to your coffee. These can be an acquired taste though.