For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed an occasional cup of coffee in the morning. There’s just something about a piping hot cup of joe that sets the mood for my entire day.
I’m not the person who reaches for a mug as soon as the sun rises, but I understand why people find it just as normal as brushing their teeth when they wake up!
While I prefer mine brewed with a frothy foam topping, some people get super creative with unique coffee recipes. Whether you’re a cream and sugar person or one that drinks it black, there’s really no single way you can enjoy your morning brew.
This brings me to the reason behind this whole article — tomorrow is International Coffee Day! That’s right. An entire day celebrating the drink that oils the gears of early-morning commuters, brings people together in local cafés, and even sparks some debate (iced or hot?).
So to properly celebrate, I wanted to share some of the best coffee recipes I found on the web. I also found a few products that will help you bring the coffee shop to your own kitchen.
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Best Coffee Recipes
You know the name, but what is this popular drink? An americano is a drink made with water and espresso — that’s it! To nail this recipe, finely grind coffee beans (about 14-18 grams), brew them in an espresso machine, and mix 1 part espresso to 2 parts water.
If you’re in need of an espresso machine, I highly recommend the Nespresso brand! I have the Aerocinno but they have multiple models that are designed to fit your brewing needs.
This autumn-inspired drink sounds absolutely delicious. It’s also perfect for those wanting to make the transition to fall while the weather is still warm. After creating a strong cold brew coffee, you’ll need to create a homemade brown sugar syrup by heating brown sugar and water on the stove.
Next, add your cold brew, syrup, milk and ice to create a tasty, chilled drink!
For anyone who prefers tea over coffee, I have the perfect recipe for you. This chai tea latte is bound to add some warmth and coziness to your morning.
In only 10 minutes, you can create this tasty blended frappe for two. Just blend ice cubes, cooled espresso, milk, sugar and vanilla extract for a drink that’s sure to impress.
Celebrity chef Cat Cora knows what she’s doing when it comes to whipped coffee — and if you haven’t tried this trendy drink, now’s your chance!
Create a foam by whisking instant coffee, sugar and hot water together. Next, spoon it on the top of a glass of milk. It’s a must-try recipe!
Here’s another one if you’re looking for an alternative to your cup of morning joe. With earl grey tea as the standout ingredient, you’ll still get that caffeine kick to start your day!
Must-Have Coffee Accessories
I adore my Nespresso Aeroccino. In fact, I just made their limited-edition pumpkin spice blend this morning and made me want to dive head first into fall!
I haven’t tried this one myself, but one of my friends raves about this french press from Coffee Gator. It’s affordable, easy to use and will help you brew strong, tasty coffee in less than 10 minutes.
They also sell neat canisters to keep your coffee beans fresh.
You didn’t think I would leave you hanging without some fun and festive mugs, did you? This “Happy Fall” one brings back memories of picking out pumpkins as a child. Plus, the colors are just perfect for this time of year.
I also love this one from Anthropologie. Decorated with spices, it’s made for everyone from coffee drinkers to tea drinkers!
However you choose to celebrate, I hope you find these recipes and coffee essentials helpful. Me? I think I’ll spend the day enjoying my cup of joe while watching the leaves change color.
From my home to yours,
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