Vanilla Cinnamon Coffee

Normally I take my coffee like my mom does.  Black.  Since I was little, I remember her telling me how she learned to drink coffee.  When she asked her grandfather for a cup, he said she could only have some if she promised, “Not to bastardize it.”  It was one of his expensive indulgences, he imported from New York.

Great Grandfather, I am sorry to say I have now tried bastardized coffee and, though I won’t be drinking it everyday, it was a treat.  My roommate has this really cool milk frother, which means I don’t have to spend $4 for a latte.  I can make it myself.

I wasn’t just finished with the milk though.  I added another delicious twist.  The other day Jujus added cinnamon to the coffee grounds and it was delicious.  My roommates name is Jujus by the way.  I don’t think I’ve told you all that yet.  She’s quite amazing.  Anyway, back to coffee, I took her cinnamon a step further and added vanilla extract too!

Vanilla Cinnamon Coffee
(For a 10 cup coffee pot)

Grounds to your liking
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Filtered water

Let your coffee pot do its thing.

Pour the desired milk into the bottom of a coffee mug.  With the frother (pictured right) froth the milk for about 10 seconds.  Microwave on high for 10-15 seconds.  Milk foam will rise.  Pour coffee into milk and there’s your homemade latte.

Notes on coffee:  There are two things you can do which won’t cost you any money and will make your coffee instantly better.  First, and most importantly, wash your coffee pot.  Second, use filtered water.  Just pull your Brita from the fridge to fill up the pot.  Easy as pie.

Pairs perfectly with my Peach Scones.

About Mikaela Cowles

I’m a food-gobbling, book-reading, aspiring photog. Born and raised in Seattle, I love dancing in the rain, bouquets of fresh basil and green grass between my toes. I like how kneading butter into flour makes my fingers soft. I’m passionate about all things sweet potato. I prefer my coffee black, my scotch on the rocks and my steak bloody. I hunt, when I have time; play basketball; and hike. I’ve been known to laugh so hard I hyperventilate. And, I’m the owner of Making Language Count, a boutique freelance writing business.

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