Soooo have I mentioned that I’m a hardcore coffee addict?
It’s a SERIOUS love of mine.
Maybe it’s because I was born and raised in Portland, maybe it was the years I spent working as a barista; whatever the reason, coffee is in my blood…..seriously, it probably makes up a significant portion of the life force that sustains me.
When I started working from home, I really missed my routine of stopping at the coffee shop on my way into the office.
I adore espresso (and drip, French press, pour over… yeah, pretty much all of it), but I don’t adore putting on real shoes to go out to get it. Now that I get to rock my slippers full time, brewing espresso at home is vital to my functionality.
When I finally decided to get my act together and start brewing espresso at home, I knew I had to get a Keurig Rivo.
My Rivo brews espresso AND steams my milk into velvety, frothy deliciousness.
Some days I drink just straight up espresso. I’m hardcore like that.
Most mornings, I like to make myself a classic latte or cappuccino and sit by the window as I try to wake up. I especially love entertaining my girlfriends at our new house by brewing up some warm lattes on a cold day!
Lately, I’ve been making my own simple syrups to sweeten my coffee, and my new favorite is Cinnamon Brown Sugar.
I just set a small pot on the stove, add equal parts brown sugar and water, then throw in a few cinnamon sticks. I let the mixture simmer for a few minutes until the sugar is dissolved and the smell of cinnamon wafts into the kitchen. The syrup goes into a mason jar and hangs out in the fridge.
I add a few spoonfuls to my cup before I pull the espresso shots into it. Frothy milk tops it off and makes a killer latte!
Here’s Your Recipe!
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon brown sugar simple syrup*
- 1 shot espresso (about 1 1/2 ounces)
- 6 ounces steamed milk
- Add the simple syrup to the bottom of a coffee mug. Pour the espresso shot into the glass, then top with steamed milk. Enjoy!
*Simmer equal parts brown sugar + water plus a few cinnamon sticks for 5 minutes over medium-low heat.