Craving for coffee? How about saving some money with some DIY Coffee Recipes?
Coffee is no doubt, the most popular drink in the world after water. Who can resist the aromatic scent of freshly grounded coffee beans that wakes you up in the morning and keeps you going? For some, ordering a cup from their local coffee shops is a daily routine. But what if you can save some money and DIY Coffee drinks that are super easy to make at home?
Not to worry, we will guide you on the best coffee recipes you can make without interrupting your daily flow.
1. French Press Coffee
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The french press coffee is the easiest coffee to make at home and it only takes 5 mins. You only need two ingredients: coffee beans, and water. The French press was first invented by French inventors, hence, the name, and later on, patented by Italians in the 1920s.
Here is what you need to make a quick French Press coffee:
- 350 ml of filtered water
- 30 g of coarsely ground coffee beans (1:12 ratio to water)
- French press
- Coffee grinder
- Start by pre-heating your french press and the plunger with hot water for 30 seconds. Grind your coffee beans during this time to a texture like coarse sea salt or bread crumbs. The neater its size, the better the flavor profile will be.
- Remove the water. Now, pour the coffee into the french press.
- Pour hot water in a circular motion up to half full so that it covers the beans equally. Set the timer for 4 minutes to let the coffee brew. Wait patiently. Don't put the plunger in just yet.
- 30 seconds before the 4 minutes is up, add the remaining water and the top lid.
- Once the timer is up, slowly push the plunger down. Voila! Coffee is ready to be poured and served.
2. Iced Coffee
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Making iced coffee is like a continuation process from the French press coffee: take any hot brewed coffee and leave it to chill for at least 1 to 12 hours, and then pour it over the ice in a glass. The fun thing about iced coffee is that there are no rules to what goes with it. You can add your favorite oat milk, honey syrup, or sugars to complete the drink.
As ice will water down the coffee, your brewed coffee must be made with a stronger concentrate and less water. You can also use instant coffee in this recipe.
Here is how to make iced coffee:
- 200 ml strong coffee (or instant coffee)
- 50 ml milk
- Sugar/honey (optional)
- Brew 200 ml of strong coffee (or instant coffee) according to the product's instructions.
- Leave the hot coffee alone until it is completely cold (takes at least an hour).
- Pour the coffee into a blender along with your 50 ml milk, ice, and sugar. Blend the mixture until it is frothy and smooth.
- Pour the mixture into a chilled glass and it is time to serve!
3. Cold Brew Coffee
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Cold Brew coffee should not be confused with iced coffee. Unlike iced coffee, cold brew is NEVER heated up, only brewed at room temperature or colder. The great thing about cold brew is that you can keep it up for a couple of weeks and the taste of caffeine will remain more concentrated and less bitter than an iced coffee. But to achieve a nice, smooth cold brew, you will need plenty of time (12 to 24 hours).
Once you have mastered it, there's no need for you to go to your local coffee shop! Here is how to make cold-brew coffee:
- 1,400 ml of filtered water
- 80 g of dark roasted coffee beans, coarse ground
- Pour over coffee set
- Coffee filter
- 64 oz (1.89 L) Mason jar
- Coffee grinder
- Grind 80 g of coffee beans and add it to the Mason jar.
- Add 1,400 ml of filtered water, stir it, and let it sit in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours.
- Once the time is up, remove it from the refrigerator and strained it through a filter over a pour-over coffee set. If you do not have a pour-over set, you can use a cheesecloth and a fine mesh strainer to filter out the residue in a bowl.
Recipe Source: Joshua Weissman's Cold Brew Recipe
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Cappuccino was first invented by Austrians and made with coffee, cream, and sugar. In the 20th century when espresso machines began to appear, Italy popularized it to what it is known today, steamed milk foam with a couple of shots of espresso. The cappuccino is made with even layers: first with the espresso, then the steamed milk, and lastly, the foam on top. If you have an espresso machine, you can make this in a heartbeat!
- 7 g fine-ground coffee
- 60 ml cold milk
- Small pinch of cocoa (optional)
- Espresso machine
- Stainless steel pitcher
- Put the finely ground coffee in the portafilter and tamp it down with a tamper and secure the portafilter below the brew head.
- Place a 6 oz (177 ml cup) under the brew head.
- Brew the coffee until it pours out 33 ml of espresso into the cup and switched the machine off before the espresso turns watery.
- Turn on your steamer. Depending on the size of your stainless steel pitcher, pour the milk in so it is slightly close to 3/4 full. The tip of your steam wand should be at least half an inch below the milk surface.
- Turn on the steam switch. If it begins to foam, lower the pitcher while keeping the tip slightly below the surface. Swirl the milk and steam it until the pitcher handle becomes too hot. Turn off the steam switch.
- It is time to pour the milk. Pour it slowly (with a thinly-lined steady stream of milk) into the coffee cup until it is to the brim. It is ready to be served.
Recipe Source: Leite's Culinaria Cappuccino recipe
5. Dalgona Coffee
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Remember how Dalgona Coffee was all the craze in 2020? Everyone, including your neighbors, was attempting to make this viral TikTok recipe during the lockdown. It is not too late to jog your memory to make this sweet and creamy Korean coffee.
Ingredients (serves two):
- 28 g of Instant Coffee powder (it only works with instant coffee)
- 28 ml of hot water
- 28 g of sugar
- Ice cubes
- 300 ml of milk
- Whisk or hand mixer
- Start with boiling the water. In the meantime, make the Dalgona coffee fluff by combining instant coffee powder and sugar in a bowl. Mix well.
- With the boiling hot water, carefully pour it into the coffee mixture in a bowl.
- Using a hand mixer or whisk, whip the mixture until it is frothy and light. (it should make a light peak)
- Take out two glasses and fill them with ice. Pour equal amounts of milk into both cups, leaving about 3/4 of the space for the Dalgona mixture.
- Finally, top the glass with the frothy coffee and enjoy!
6. Pumpkin Spice Latte
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You don't have to wait until the fall season to get your hands on a cup of pumpkin spice latte! Fondly known as PSL, this seasonal drink is easy to make and you only need 10 minutes.
Ingredients (serves two):
- 473 ml of milk
- 28 g of pumpkin puree
- 15 ml of vanilla extract
- 15 to 45 g of sugar
- 4.2 g of pumpkin pie spice
- 118 ml of hot strong coffee
- Whipped cream
- With a saucepan over medium heat, add the 473 ml of milk, 28 g of pumpkin puree, and 15 g of sugar (you may add more if you prefer it sweeter). Heat it but do not let it reach its boiling point.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract, coffee, and pumpkin pie spice.
- Pour the mixture into two glasses. Add whip cream with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, and serve.
7. White Chocolate Mocha
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White Chocolate Mocha for the holidays! Did you know you can DIY Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha as well? If you have a sweet tooth, you will love this!
- 56.7 g of chopped white chocolate or chocolate chips
- 45 ml (1 shot) of espresso
- 236 ml of frothed milk
- Whipped cream
- In a saucepan, heat up the 56.7 g of white chocolate over medium fire until they soften.
- Combine espresso and softened white chocolate and stir.
- Froth the milk either with a steamer or an electric milk frother. Pour it into the coffee and add whipped cream on top.
Recipe Source: Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha
How Much Caffeine Is In A Cup Of Coffee?
A normal coffee (8 oz) consists of around 95 mg of caffeine, mainly in brewed coffee. Most adults can drink up to 400 mg of caffeine per day. However, there are some branded coffee shops like Starbucks that serve caffeinated beverages that can go beyond 400 mg of caffeine per cup, so watch what you are drinking!
With that, we wrap up our list of favorite easy-to-make DIY Coffee Drinks recipes! Do you have a coffee hack you will like to share to speed up our coffee-making process? Or a favorite go-to coffee recipe for all your daily needs? Let us know in the comments below. Happy brewing!
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