At Home Coffee Hacks: Be Your Own Barista

January 4, 2021
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Your morning demands a good stretch and an even better cup of brew, and honestly there’s nothing like waking up already knowing what morning beverage you're going to order. Recent events have left many in the house for days, weeks and even months which is a tragedy for us coffee lovers who like to grab-n-go on the commute to work, with morning errands or just because. Temporary closings of local café spots forced many to figure out that morning caffeine fix via the internet and for the most part it seems to be a success. If you have milk, cream, whipped cream, Tiktok, some kitchen creativity and of course Minas Coffee you’re one step away from becoming your very own barista.
Whip it
You know how coffee shops have that fancy machine that makes that super cool foam effect for your latte? Well, what if there was a way you could achieve the same outcome in just a few simple steps in the comfort of your own home? 

Some will say you need instant coffee. Instead, you can grind some Minas coffee and make a fine powder. (2 tablespoons)
Sugar (2 tablespoons)
Water (2 tablespoons, hot) 
Milk: (Fit for your glass, likely 1 cup)

Step 1: In a small bowl mix the ground coffee, sugar, and water together.
Step 2: Whip it! This works best with a hand mixer with a whisk attachment. If you don’t have a whisk attachment, use one beater. If you don’t have a hand mixer, you’ll have to whip it by hand. It’s possible, but will take a while. Whip until it’s thick and frothy. It’s ready if it sticks to the mixer without dripping.
Step 3: Pour milk and ice into a glass, then add the whipped coffee on top. Use a clear glass so it’s nice and Instagramable. Tag us! @minasespresso 
We’d love to see your beautiful creation.

Blend baby blend
Did someone say something about a frappe? Yes? Well, look no further if you want to master this beverage with the help of your blender of course. 
Crushed ice (2 cups)
Espresso (1 cup)
Whole milk (¾ cup, can be half and half, or milk substitute like almond, soy, etc.)
Sugar (2 tablespoons)
Bonus ingredients instead of or in addition to sugar can be 2 teaspoons of chocolate chips, a splash or chocolate syrup etc. to add different flavors)

Step 1: Blend ingredients in the blender
Step 2: Pour into a glass and serve. You can add whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate drizzle, or whatever else your heart desires for a fun at-home-café look.
Tiktok university
The App that was at first known for viral dance videos and now known as a space where you can learn how to do or make pretty much anything you heart desires. One thing Minas Expresso has been obsessing over are quick and easy coffee recipes and hacks that can be brought to life in no time. 

Hack: Here’s one trick that’s worth a shot, tag us @minasespresso when you try it! Coffee Ice - instead of using regular ice that melts and waters down your ice coffee by the time you get to your second sip, take your coffee and pour it into an ice tray, freeze & there you have it! 

Recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Latte
Step 1: Pour 2 cups of frozen coffee ice into a glass
Step 2: Fill the glass with oat milk (or milk of your choice)
Step 3: Sprinkle cinnamon on top and serve  
Recipe & hack cred: @katielopynski via Tiktok

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