Ever feel like you’re perpetually living life on a bit of a budget? Me too! With work to be done on our first home, a kitten in need of pricey knee surgery and a trip to the US and Europe on the distant horizon, Kevin and I are working hard to keep our spending in check.
One of the first things to go when you tighten your budget is eating out – gone are takeaways on Friday nights and leisurely weekend morning brunches! But just because you can’t eat out as often doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy café-style dining at home – you can still have pancakes with berries for breakfast, you just need to grab the ingredients in your weekly shop. Then just invite a couple of friends over and you’re set…
Well, almost. The hardest part about cutting back on eating out is giving up the café coffees – you just can’t make them that good at home, right? Wrong.
When we first tightened our belts a few months back Kevin and I made the decision to invest in our very own Nespresso machine (a U Milk to be exact). We figured it would ultimately pay for itself – instead of spending $10 a day on coffees, we started making homemade flat whites using our Nespresso for less than $1.50 each. It totally paid off and not only do we love the coffees but we’ve been pocketing around $200 extra every month since!
Flat whites are one thing, but what about those fancy coffees you can get at cafes? You know the ones – beautifully layered creations, where the milk and coffee combine to make this incredible flavour before being topped with cream and other delicious things… it’s a bit of an art! Well, this weekend I decided to put my machine through its paces and come up with three delicious café-style coffees that you can make at home in less than five minutes.
Don’t have a Nespresso machine? Then you can try these recipes using a milk frother – I just can’t vouch for the results as I’ve never tried it! But if you love coffee I totally recommend investing in a Nespresso machine – they pay for themselves in a heartbeat.
This one looks a little fancy, right? While it looks impressive with those beautiful layers, it’s unbelievable easy to make – simply put frothed milk in a glass then add the coffee. Easy, huh?
- 250ml milk
- 110ml espresso (I used a Volluto Nespresso capsule)
- Ensure Aeroccino whisk is fitted with the spring attachment. Pour milk into Aeroccino milk frother to top line. Press button to warm. Pour prepared milk into a coffee glass.
- Extract 110ml of espresso and pour directly into coffee glass. Set aside and allow the milk and coffee to settle into three layers.
White Chocolate Mocha
I lived off white chocolate mochas while we were in New York a few years ago and it turns out they’re incredibly easy to make at home. The best part? You don’t need any fancy syrups – just a couple of squares of white chocolate!
- 15g (approx. 3 squares) white chocolate
- 250ml milk
- 40ml espresso (I used a Volluto Nespresso capsule)
- Grate white chocolate and place into coffee glass or mug
- Ensure Aeroccino whisk is fitted with the spring attachment. Pour milk into Aeroccino milk frother to top line. Press button to warm.
- Pour prepared milk on top of white chocolate and mix gently to combine.
- Extract 40ml of espresso and pour into milk. Swirl gently to combine.
Vanilla Iced Coffee
The grown up version of a milkshake, iced coffees are one of my favourite treats to order at cafes over the summer months – they’re delicious! They’re deceptively quick and easy to make at home too – I know we’ll be enjoying a lot of these come summer.
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 3 ice cubes
- 110ml espresso (I used a Vanilio Nespresso capsule)
- 120ml milk
- ¼ cup cream
- 1 tsp icing sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
- Strawberry (optional)
- Place ice cream and ice cubes in a pyrex jug. Extract 110ml espresso and pour over ice cream. Stir until ice cream is completely melted. Pour mixture into a coffee glass or mug.
- Ensure Aeroccino whisk is fitted with the spring attachment. Pour milk into Aeroccino milk frother to bottom line. Press and hold button until light goes blue (this means the milk will remain cold).
- Once milk has been frothed, pour into prepared glass along with coffee mixture.
- Place cream, icing sugar and vanilla bean paste in a bowl or shaker and whisk until thick. Spoon or pipe on to prepared coffee. Finish with sliced strawberry.
Don’t they look delicious? I still can’t get over how easy each of these recipes were to make – and each of them was just as wonderful as if we’d picked it up from our favourite café. Yum!
Want to lay your hands on a Nespresso machine of your own? Then pop over to the Nespresso New Zealand Facebook page and take part in the #Nespressocreations competition – simply upload a photo of your Nespresso creation for the chance to win a Nespresso prize pack including the new Lattissima+ Limited Edition machine and a selection of accessories. Let your imagination run wild!
Happy coffee making!
This post was made possible with thanks to Nespresso.