It’s that time of year again when café locations across the country have implemented the pumpkin spice craze to ring in the most popular autumn coffee trend. You may not realize that it’s not necessary to spend so many of your hard earned dollars on the café versions of the autumn coffee classics and instead you can make them with your own home machine. You can even create unique sensations and impress your friends and family with original autumn recipes that carry your signature. Learn how to mix and match familiar flavors and have fun with your coffee drinks without having to wait in line with everyone else.
- Gather Ingredients
One trip to the grocery store should be all you need to stock up on all the ingredients you’ll need to make all kinds of autumn spice drinks until snow starts to fall and you’re headed back for candy canes and marshmallows. There are some specialty ingredients that you’ll have to decide on before you choose your recipes and that will be entirely up to you. You’ll want to research and tweak them according to your liking before you make your shopping lists. Generally speaking, you’ll want to have cinnamon, pumpkin puree, ground ginger, sugar, caramel syrup, and vanilla extract on hand to make most of the drinks you’re probably thinking about. If you purchase canned pumpkin puree, you can transfer it to a freezer-safe container and freeze what you don’t think you’ll use within a few days.
The most popular autumn sensation is the pumpkin spice latte and you can make this at home if you have an espresso machine and milk steamers in addition to the ingredients needed. If you don’t have the right equipment, there are alternative recipes available that will simply take a little more time and effort to whip up. The difference will be between a more professional look to the finished product. Either way, you’ll be able to adjust the recipe to be exactly the way you want it…including calories and level of sweetness!
- Branch Out
As the season changes from summer, the hot beverage in general becomes a staple for so many of us trying to chase away the chill. While the classics will ring true as favorites for most of the people you know, there are other coffee drinks you can make with your home machine that are unique and probably won’t be found at the average chain café down the street. Try adding different syrup combinations to your coffee or brewing grounds spiced with various quantities of ground ginger, cinnamon, and even finely ground hazelnuts or almonds. Add chocolate syrup or vanilla extract to the finished product or try something really interesting and see if you can find hazelnut syrup. The possibilities are endless. You can add spice combinations to coffee grounds before brewing, to coffee or espresso after brewing, to the foam or steamed milk that tops off your beverage, or any mix of these options. Try them all to discover drink recipes you never imagined.
- Share Your Creations
You’re probably not going to get famous from the signature café creation you make using your home machine, but that shouldn’t stop you from sharing your recipes and ideas with friends and family. Use social media to share pictures of your finished creations and include recipes along with the images to give others a chance to try them out for themselves. Invite friends over for an autumn themed café party where everyone brings their own ingredients and recipes so you can try each other’s ideas. Make this a fun experience and be proud of your creations!
- Trial and Error
The best autumn coffee drink you make with your home machine will very likely not be your first. The ideas that are available to create your own are enticing but it might be a better idea to start out with tried and true recipes before you get into the experimentation part of this adventure. Learn about how the flavors mix and which ones combine best and then use your imagination to alter the recipes you find and make something unique. It will be a process of trial and error that shouldn’t discourage you if you come out with a few duds. Note the mistakes you made and use them to make the next batch better.
- Make it Healthier
A common issue with enjoying the sweet treats that come with cooler weather is the added calories and sugar that come with them. You can combat this problem by making healthier versions of your favorites using your home machine. When you’re the one putting the recipes together, you can better control the amounts of things like syrups and flavorings that go into each drink. You may also want to try milk alternatives like almond milk or coconut milk for lattes that are not always readily available at chain cafes and other places that serve seasonal lattes. By controlling the calories and sweetener that goes into your coffee treats, you’ll be able to enjoy more of them every day without guilt.
The Added Benefits of DIY Autumn Coffee
If you can learn to make your seasonal favorites in your home machine, one of the biggest benefits is that you’ll never have to wait for them to be in season again. You can make and enjoy them all year round instead of hoping for that date when they’re in the stores. This is a good reason to make sure that your machine is up to the challenge and perhaps even consider purchasing something new. Ring in the cool breezes with your own autumn creations or replications of the ones you love and then keep making them well after snow covers the fallen leaves.