As many of us are social distancing, we have been perfecting our crafts or learning new techniques at home. One thing that I have been exploring A LOT is: caffeine. Just recently, I began to diversify my caffeine options. It’s unbelievable how I crave something different every morning. Since I am working from home, I have swapped my boring k-cup office coffee days for indulgent homemade beverages. From iced matcha lattes to a warm cafecitos, I feel like I have become a caffeine connoisseur, but definitely not an expert… YET.
So what is the secret to making the best caffeinated beverage? It is all about pairing caffeine with the right beverage base. Choosing the right beverage pairing can make a huge difference in taste!
What about sweetener? Honey, agave, sugar, or simple syrup will do! I prefer to use honey in my water-based teas and matcha lattes. I’m not huge on putting sweeteners in my coffee, but I do put a teaspoon of sugar in my chai.
Whether it’s black or kashmiri chai, I always pair it with oat or 2% milk. These teas make a very strong, aromatic concentrate and need a less watery beverage to complement the flavor. Add 1 teaspoon (or no teaspoon) of sugar and a couple of cardamom seeds to your chai and you will feel warm, full, and energetic.
While matcha contains a high level of caffeine, the concentrate needs a flavorful beverage to offset the bland taste of matcha. Matcha latte’s can be paired nicely iced or hot with almond, oat, or 2% milk. I tend to refrain from using coconut milk in chai and matcha lattes because the consistency separates. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and you’ll match-any challenge you face during the day!
Coffee or Espresso
Honestly, java pairs so well with any beverage! Steamed or Iced almond, coconut, macadamia nut, oat, soy, or 2% milk and a shot of a nice liquor, you really can’t taste the difference! Personally, I love the taste of coffee so I don’t bother adding any sugar, but for you sugar fanatics, a tablespoon of sugar, mocha, caramel, or vanilla flavor and serve!
Tea (without milk)
I typically drink these when I’m not looking to be full and want something light on the tummy. I usually pair my teas with with fresh herbs or fruit (mint or lemon). I also add a tablespoon of honey or agave for some sweetness. If those don’t add enough sweetness for you, then add some simple syrup! Simple syrup is super easy to make (boil 1 cup water + 1 cup sugar, until thick) and it’s a great sweetener for iced teas.
I hope you all found this post helpful!
Until next time,