Holiday Coffee Station & Maple Cinnamon "Latte"
I'm sharing my holiday-themed coffee station today, and a creamy festive "latte" recipe! The latte takes just moments to whip up using a blender, no espresso machine or special milk frother required. It's naturally dairy-free, and uses just a few ingredients and a blender! You'll end up with a dreamy warm "latte" topped with a dollop of foam and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I hope you enjoy it!
We've been in the midst of a kitchen renovation for the last couple months. I was recently asked about how I'd style a home coffee station and the timing couldn't have been better because in designing our kitchen, my intention has been for things to "make sense" in terms of how I like to move around the kitchen and use the space. It just totally makes sense for all my coffee gear to be close to the sink, for instance, so I'm not carrying a heavy kettle around. I also set up the blender near the fridge, because I tend to make my smoothies using lots of things straight from the crisper and freezer. I have plans for exactly how the drawers next to the oven will be laid out so that cooking is easy and things are in-reach, and we've even designed a recycling area that is out-of-sight but right by the side entrance to our house so that garbage day will be a bit easier. We ended up planning the kitchen renovation on our own, but there were definitely times when I felt like I could have used a professional's opinion. There were also certain items that took me ages to research and decide on (lighting and hardware were particularly challenging for me), and it would have been nice to have some help. I recently learned about an online interior design company called Havenly, and I kind of wish I knew about them sooner because it's so much more affordable than I guessed it might be. They have online interior designers and various packages available, so check them out if you guys are looking for some help too :) I'm excited to show more of the kitchen in the next little while. We're about half done right now, but still have upper cabinets and open shelving, windows, backsplash, hardware, toe-tick and lighting to install. We're taking a bit of a construction break for the holidays though, and it felt so good to be able to get in there and create this coffee station recently to share with you all. And of course, a recipe ;)
When it comes to my personal coffee station, I gathered all my basics first: a burr coffee grinder, a chemex and filters, the beautiful pour-over kettle my friend bought me a few years ago, a coffee scoop and some spoons, mugs and a tray. Then I added the little extras that have become a part of my personal coffee ritual - cinnamon and vanilla bean powder (at least one of these end up in all my warm drinks), maple syrup (my favourite liquid sweetener), a few adaptogenic powders and some raw cashews for adding creaminess. I made the garland you see around the window using greens from our garden and my local florist, and brought in some mini Christmas trees, wintery flowers, and some wooden elements to keep things cozy. I found these glass shaker bottles at the dollar store and filled one with cinnamon so I could sprinkle it over my drinks, I'm planning on filling another with cacao and maybe a third with a combination of lucuma, maca, vanilla bean and mesquite for a "superfood sprinkle". Eventually when we install the open shelving, I plan on storing mugs, the coffee maker and the pour-over kettle above my little station to keep things close but tidy. I have a bit of a collection of trays and find that they are the perfect way to corral ingredients but also so nice to serve with - this wooden one is the latest addition to my collection, and I love its size and shape. It was so much fun to create this coffee station out of a little corner of our kitchen, and I love how festive it feels.
Technically, a latte combines espresso with steamed milk but I've found that in just a few steps, you can make something similar at home with some basic ingredients and a blender. Similarly to how nut milks are made (combining water with raw nuts, blending, and straining), you can use hot coffee as your liquid base and raw cashews to make a super creamy latte. The bonus of using raw cashews is that you don't even need to use a strainer, because they break down almost completely. I use a high-speed blender and let it run for about 30 seconds on high, then slowly pour it into my mug which allows the creamy coffee to fill the mug first followed by a layer of foam reminiscent of an actual latte. The additions of maple and cinnamon make this my favourite festive drink of the moment.
I hope you guys enjoy this little peak into our new kitchen, our festive coffee corner, and this easy mini recipe! I have something extra indulgent and giftable coming up really soon too, so check back next week. Thank you so much for reading! xo
Maple Cinnamon Latte
Serves one but recipe can be doubled
9 oz hot brewed coffee
4-5 raw cashews (you can soak cashews ahead of time to help them break down if you aren't using a highspeed blender)
1-2 teaspoons maple syrup (to taste)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
a tiny pinch of sea salt (optional, but brings out the sweetness)
a pinch of vanilla bean powder (optional)
Combine all the ingredients in the pitcher of a blender. Cover with the lid and slowly increase the speed to high. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds - 1 minute. Remove pitcher from base and taste, adjusting for sweetness if you like. Allow the mixture to sit for a few moments to allow the creamy foam rise to the top of the coffee. Slowly pour the mixture into your mug, using a spoon to help scrap out the foam on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve!
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A special thank you to Havenly who asked me to create this home coffee station, and also to Neeto da Silva for the beautiful photograph of me in my kitchen.