Today I want to share how I do coffee. No one in my immediate family drinks coffee, so don’t blame me for hopping on the caffeine train late! I started drinking coffee in college when I discovered my go-to drink, a caramel iced coffee from Starbucks (Norman needs a Dunkin’!). My senior year of college, I tried espresso for the first time and I have never looked back.
I am definitely an espresso person more than a drip coffee person. About this time last year I really started getting into trying different espresso drinks and learning more about the art of coffee. I got an espresso machine (not a Nespresso or Keurig) for my birthday, and I’ve been obsessed with making my own iced “lattes” ever since. My ultimate goal is to get a fully automatic espresso machine where all I have to do is press a button to brew the espresso. That would be so convenient in the mornings!
The caramel iced coffee “recipe” below is highly customizable. You can swap my creamer and milk for the kind you prefer, or you can drink it hot. Either way, you need a cute tumbler to drink it in. You can shop my favorites in the widget below! So give this recipe a try, and let me know what you think. Cheers!
Step 1: Choose your basic ingredients
You can see in the photo above the ingredients I use: ground Peet’s Coffee, International Delight caramel creamer and Silk or Almond Breeze unsweet almond milk. I make sure to have decaf coffee as well, just in case I want a refreshing iced latte in the afternoon. Also, the machine I use is a Mr. Coffee Café Barista. It’s super easy to use and clean!
Step 2: Choose single or double shot
If I’m making a small glass, which is probably equivalent to a tall at Starbucks, I will do one double shot. If I’m wanting enough iced latte to fill a tumbler, I’ll do two double shots. The espresso machine I use comes with removable single and double shot cups that you attach to the espresso handle.
Step 3: Fill espresso handle and put ice in your cup
Once you scoop the grounds into the espresso handle and pack them down, you want to attach it to the machine and put your glass with ice underneath. The ice will cool the espresso on contact so that it doesn’t water down the latte. I tend to put in more ice than necessary just to make sure it cools it quickly.
Step 4: Brew the espresso!
On my machine, all you have to do is make sure the back is filled with water and press the double shot button. The espresso will brew for about 10 seconds. If you are doing two double shots, you’ll want to take out the espresso handle, rinse it out and repeat the process.
Step 5: Add milk and creamer
I tend to do equal parts almond milk and creamer because I like a nice caramel-y taste. This is where you can customize based on your preference. I know some people don’t like almond milk in their coffee, but I can’t taste a difference from regular milk. It helps that it’s better than regular milk, and it does not curdle all weird like some people have said.
Step 6: Enjoy!
Mix the espresso with the milk and creamer and enjoy your delicious, inexpensive and easy iced latte.
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.