Learn how to make traditional drinks or try something new (including the occasional food recipe).
  • Holiday Drink Ideas!

    We've all heard of the egg nog latte or the peppermint mocha, but what about some other flavors fit for holiday cheer?

    Lots of Lattes!

    Lattes are one of the easiest drinks to influence the flavor of. By choosing the right coffee and the right syrup, there's no end to the combinations. Try frosted mint syrup for a peppermint kick in an eggnog latte or traditional mocha! Looking for something a little more rich and nutty? Monin's peanut butter syrup offers just that.

    Beyond syrups, there's loads of spices that you can add to bring your latte up a notch. Try some brown sugar and cardamom for an aromatic, delicious touch. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and simple syrup also make for a delectable addition to any holiday cup of coffee.


    No Espresso? No Problem!

    Maybe espresso just isn't your jam. Fear not! With a hint of heavy cream, spice, and fruity syrup or concentrate, you can add some holiday cheer to your favorite pourover or press brew as well. To really wow your family and friends, try experimenting with fruit and spice combinations that match up with the tasting notes on the coffee roasts you're using.

    Another fun way to bring a cooler twist to your holiday coffee offering is to stock up on cold brew! Cold brew mixes great with everything mentioned above, especially with some milk. Try cold frothing in a Breville Milk Café for an extra tasty holiday "notte!"

    We'll be back Monday with another batch of great holiday roasts to check out!

  • Pumpkin Pie Cold (and Hot!) Foam Coffee

    We're ready for fall this week, and we hope you are too! Whether you're feeling the Fall spirit or need a little something to get you into the season, we've got you covered! This Pumpkin Pie concoction puts a little spin on the classic formula. First, we'll make the spice, then we'll make cold and hot versions of this tasty drink!

    Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

    • 4 tbsp. ground cinnamon
    • 2 tbsp. ground ginger
    • 1 tbsp. ground nutmeg
    • 1 tbsp. ground cloves

    Combine all ingredients and stir!

    Pumpkin Pie Cappuccino

    • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
    • 4 oz. half & half
    • 2 shots of your favorite espresso
    • Whipped cream
    1. Combine half & half and spice in your Breville Milk Café and set for cappuccino foam
    2. Pull two shots of espresso
    3. Pour foam over espresso
    4. Add whipped cream to taste & garnish with a sprinkling of spice

    Pumpkin Pie Cold Foam Iced Coffee

    • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
    • 6 oz. iced coffee
    • 4 oz. of half & half cold foamed
    • whipped cream and/or simple syrup to taste (optional)
    1. Combine pumpkin pie spice and and half & half in your Breville Milk Café and set to cold foam
    2. Brew 6 oz. of coffee over ice
    3. Pour cold foam over iced coffee
    4. Add whipped cream/simple syrup to taste and garnish with sprinkling of spice mix (optional)

    We hope you enjoy this Fall flavored beverage!

    Products used to create this drink:


  • Video Roundup: 8/3/2018

    Happy Friday!

    It's time for yet another recap of some of the great video content from Gail and Co. from this week!

    First, John gave us some latte art tips!

    next, Heather showed us an interesting way to use coffee in the kitchen: On the grill!

    Finally we took a look at the Saeco Incanto Plus Vs. the Jura E6 in a Crew Comparison with Gail!

    Enjoy, and remember to make coffee you love!

  • Recipe Spotlight: Fat Americano

    This week we're diving into a quirky drink popularized in Seoul, South Korea, the Fat Americano!

    The Fat Americano is simple to make. First, you'll need a double shot of espresso, brewed over ice. Next, add the espresso to an iced glass of your favorite cola!

    This drink combines the sweetness of an ice cold cola with the chocolatey complexity of espresso. It won't be to everyone's taste, but it's also a great way to kick the caffeine content of your cola up too.

    If you want to add even more sweet decadence to this drink, consider adding a small amount of sweetened condensed milk! This will really round out the flavor profile and make for a cool, tasty treat!

  • Recipe Spotlight: Coffee Madeira Cake!

    Hey coffee lovers!

    It's time for another recipe spotlight! We've decided to celebrate England's stellar world cup performance this week with a Coffee Madeira Cake! (It's British!)


    • 2 sticks unsalted butter
    • 1 cup baker's sugar
    • 4 tablespoons instant freeze-dried coffee
    • 4 medium eggs
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking power


    1. Preheat oven to 325
    2. Line 10-inch baking pan with parchment paper
    3. Mix flour and baking powder
    4. dissolve instant coffee in 3 tablespoons of hot water
    5. Combine butter, sugar, and coffee and cream until light and fluffy using a hand mixer
    6. Add eggs two at a time, mix until incorporated
    7. Fold in flour/baking soda mixture
    8. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean
    9. Allow time to cool before removing the cake from the tin
    10. Consider serving with whipped cream and strawberries

    We hope you enjoy!

  • Video Roundup: 7/6/2018

    Hey coffee lovers!

    We're here for another video roundup!

    First up, Gail gave us a great Crew Review of both models of the Saeco Incanto!

    Next, we joined John for a Commercial Crew Review of the Baratza Forte BG:

    Finally, we welcomed the weekend with a White Russian cocktail with Heather!

    Enjoy your weekend, and remember to make coffee you love!

  • Recipe Spotlight: Ice Cream Coffee

    Iced coffee and cold brew are delicious, chilled ways to get some caffeine, but can go even colder! For a frozen treat on a hot Summer day, check out this great collection of ice cream and coffee recipes!

    Vanilla Ice Cream Mocha

    • 1/2 cup iced coffee or cold brew
    • 1/2 cup ice cubes
    • 1/2 cup milke
    • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
    • 2 Tbsp chocolate syrup
    • Whipped Cream


    Combine coffee, ice cubes, milk, ice cream, and chocolate syrup in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into large glasses and garnish with whipped cream. Makes 2 servings.

    Affogato al caffé

    • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
    • 2 shots hot espresso


    A few hours in advance of serving, place scoops of ice cream on a freezer proof tray and place tray in freezer. When serving, place ice cream in bowls or glasses, pour hot shots over them. Serve immediately. Makes two servings.

    Coffee Float

    • 3/4 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
    • 1/2 cup ice cream (we recommend vanilla or coffee flavored, but try it with your favorite!)


    Simply top fresh, hot cup of coffee with ice cream. Add ice cream carefully to avoid splashing hot coffee!

    We love these creamy Summer treats, what have you been enjoying to beat the heat?


  • Recipe Spotlight: Cold Brew

    Summer can only mean one thing! Cold brew!

    We thought you might enjoy a couple of interesting cold brew recipes to beat the Summer heat with!

    Vanilla Almond Swirl

    What you'll need:

    • 3oz Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
    • Almond Milk
    • 2-3 Drops of Vanilla Extract
    • Pinch of Cinnamon
    • Ice

    First add almond milk to taste, being careful not to overpower your coffee! From there, simply drop in the vanilla and stir, then either stir it in, or sprinkle your cinnamon on top! This should create a creamy, slightly spicey twist on your normal cold brew!

    Honey Coffee Blender

    What you'll need

    • 3oz Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
    • 3/4 Cup Frozen Yogurt (We Recommend Classic Flavor, Nonfat)
    • 1/2 Cup of Ice Cubes
    • 1 1/2 Tbsp Honey

    Throw everything into a blender, then blend until you get a smooth, creamy consistency! Blend a few extra servings for an interesting, tasty dessert for your Summer barbecue!

    What's your method of choice for enjoying a cold brew this Summer?


  • Fresca Coffee Recipe

    Are you as ready for summer as we are? We thought we’d start off the week with a tall glass of—Fresca coffee? Trust us, you have to try it before you write it off. We’re using Fresca but our coffee pal Ricardo sent in the original recipe using Sprite, which he called the “AeroSprite.” Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

    As Ricardo’s recipe name suggests, we’re brewing our coffee in the AeroPress. We picked up a fresh bag of 49th Parallel’s Longitude 123 W for those sweet, dried fruit notes to complement the lime and Fresca—oh, by the way, there’s some lime in this recipe. We thought that might get your attention. We turned to our trusty Breville Smart Grinder Pro to grind our coffee into consistent table salt-sized grounds.


    Brew Method: Inverted AeroPress


    • 30 grams coffee
    • 200 grams Fresca or Sprite
    • 100 grams ice
    • 100 grams water
    • 2 lime wedges
    1. Heat water to 195 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. Grind coffee into table salt-sized or medium fine grounds. Turn the AeroPress upside down with the plunger in and add 30 grams of coffee.
    3. Add water to AeroPress and brew for one minute.
    4. While you’re brewing, add 100 grams of ice to your glass and then pour cold Fresca on top.
    5. Squeeze two lime wedges into the glass and if you’re feeling fancy, stick a couple of wedges to the side of the glass.
    6. Plunge the AeroPress over the glass with Fresca—don’t miss the show! The coffee creates beautiful swirls.
    7. Stir the coffee into the Fresca and take a big sip—I told you to trust us! It’s perfect for summer.
  • Adult Mexican Coffee Affogato

    Once in a while you need a little extra humph with your coffee. What’s better than a little tequila and coffee liquor to get the engines revving? Quick answer: Adding ice cream to your booze! Drink up this deliciously creamy Adult Mexican Coffee Affogato that’s just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Thank you, Jane for taking all of our favorite things into one yummy drink!

    We used the trusty Breville Barista Express so we could grind and brew our espresso in one go. The easy programmability is nice after a couple of espresso shots, too, and you can be sure you’ll have a line out the door for this drink! We picked Victrola’s Streamline Espresso for the smooth chocolate and fruit flavor that's robust in an espresso.

    Pro Tip: We recommend a robust coffee blend for this drink, but it's not necessary with the coffee liquor to get a well-rounded flavor.



    • 16 grams coffee
    • 1/2 ounce tequila
    • 1/2 ounce coffee liquor
    • 1 BIG scoop vanilla ice cream
    1. Prep your espresso machine ahead of time. (If you're using the Breville Barista Express, we clocked it at 70 seconds)
    2. Add one big scoop of ice cream, tequila and coffee liquor into your glass.
    3. Grind 16-ounces of coffee to make two shots of espresso. Brew straight onto your glass!
    4. Stir it up and take a big bite of your Mexican Coffee Affogato. ¡Delicioso!

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