3 Coffee Drinks You Can Make in Under 3 minutes
Coffee lovers know there's nothing worse than showing up to work late because it took too long to get their morning cup. Skipping your coffee obviously isn't an option just because you forgot to set your programmable coffee maker the night before or showed up to the cafe to see a line snaking out the door. Fortunately, there are plenty of coffee drinks that you can make on your own for a fraction of the time - and money - that they would take to get at the coffee shop. From the simple to the extravagant, plenty of beverages can be made at home in less time than it takes to toast a bagel.
1. Mocha Coffee
You're probably familiar with the mocha latte, which can be delicious, but might be a little heavy for the first thing in the morning. If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard, try a mocha coffee. It uses regular brewed coffee instead of espresso and just a touch of cocoa and milk so you'll get out the door quicker and cut back on the calories.
Just add 1 tablespoon each of unsweetened cocoa powder and sugar, and 2 tablespoons of milk to a cup of coffee. If you're using a single cup brewer, you can make this drink right in the mug. Otherwise, divide up the ingredients among the number of cups you need and pour the coffee on top.
2. Cafe Bombon
When you're really in a hurry, you can use a home espresso machine and get a great-tasting drink in less time. Some people might be turned off by the bitterness of this concentrated coffee, but the cafe bombon solves that problem with a small portion of condensed milk.
Simply add 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk to the bottom of a small cup, then brew your espresso on top. Stir to mix in the condensed milk just before you drink it and you're ready to try what just might be your new morning routine.
3. Cafe Latte
If you're a coffee shop regular, you've probably spent plenty of time waiting for a latte to make its way to your table. However, when you're the only one who needs to be served, making this coffee staple with a home latte maker shouldn't take more than a minute or two.
Start steaming your milk just before you brew the espresso and they should both be ready at about the same time. The pros at Intelligentsia Coffee recommend heating milk to between 135 and 160 degrees for the best results. When both ingredients are ready, pour the espresso into a cup and top it with steamed milk. An ideal ratio is about 1 part espresso to 3 parts milk.