I love starting my day with a nice cup of coffee but sometimes I do the absolute most on the weekends, which I have to go easy on what I eat and drink during the week. I honestly don’t mind and some of my lighter recipes have actually become some of my favorites. I get to indulge without worry what’s going to happen to my waistline.
One of the first places I like to cut down (and save some money) is in my AM Cafecito. Before I gave in and acknowledged that I was Lactose-Sensitive (I still won’t claim Lactose-Intolerance… I’m stubborn. It’s a touchy subject but between me and you… I’m half a step away from being Lactose-Intolerant) I would make my morning coffee with Half-Half… or better yet, evaporated milk. I would also pile on the sugar and if I was really feeling myself, I’d use sweet condensed milk. Nowadays, I don’t do any of that unless I’m enjoying a Cortadito. Today, I skip all the sugar and dairy and use much lighter ingredients. I opt to use Almond Milk, Soy Milk, or even Skim Milk.
Now coffee is personal. Don’t believe me? Simply go to a Starbuck and see just how pissed someone gets when their order is messed up. See? … Coffee is personal. I love having fun with my coffee and adding fresh spices to it liven it up. I also like to save some money by doing it myself and you’d be surprised just easy it is. Before I share my recipe for Cafecito with Almond Milk, here are some quick tips to stepping your AM Cafe
Tip #1: Warm up the milk separately. This makes a HUGE difference and it was a step I used to skip all the time until I had coffee at a Cuban Cafe in Miami. I was reminded immediately, “Thou shall not cut corner with the milk!”
Tip #2: Use an Almond, Soy, or Skim Milk to make your AM Cafecito lighter. Start off with the sweetened king but eventually build up to having it unsweetened
Tip #3: Invest in a Milk Frother Wand and have your fancy coffee at home. My frother wand cost me $5 and saved me even more. I no longer have to leave my house to get gourmet coffeeshop coffee
Tip #4: Have fun with your coffee. Add spices to it so that you don’t get bored. My favorite is adding freshly grated Nutmeg, Cinnamon, or even Vanilla Extract.
Cafecito with Almond Milk | Made To Order | Chef Zee CooksPrint This
- 2 tbs Ground Espresso
- 1 1/2 cups Almond, Soy, or Skim Milk
- Prep coffee and set on stove to boil
- Warm up milk in a separate pot
- Once the milk comes up to temperature, place milk in a large cup & begin frothing
- Froth until milk foams up
- Add milk to coffee & enjoy!