Whenever I write about my love of coffee that admittedly has turned me into a coffee snob, reader feedback is as enthusiastic as it is voluminous. I’m happy to know I’m not alone in my snobbery.

 

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Many of you bring up interesting points—questions, too. Like what to do with brewed coffee that is no longer ideally fresh but too good to throw down the drain. Others want to know how to make your own cappuccino, lattes and even the “steamer,” made popular by Starbucks—surprisingly containing no coffee at all.

Short of purchasing an espresso machine that uses high pressure steam to make espresso and has a gizmo that steams the milk as well, there are ways we can improvise to create reasonable facsimiles of our favorite coffee drinks. 

READ: How to Store Raw, Roasted, and Ground Coffee to Keep it Fresh 

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POPULAR COFFEE DRINK HACKS

ESPRESSO

Both cappuccinos and lattes are typically made with espresso. You can fake that by making very strong brewed coffee. 

LATTE

Your very strong coffee mixed about 50/50 with hot milk and then topped with foam makes for a very tasty latte. Experiment as necessary to find your ideal proportion of coffee to milk.

CAPPUCCINO

Making an authentic cappuccino is a somewhat complicated process. But you can cut through all of that by simply making a mix that you store in the pantry, adding just 3 teaspoons of it to a very strong cup of coffee. You’ll be amazed by just how good this is.

Cappuccino Mix

Mix well, store in airtight container. To use, stir about 3 teaspoons of mix into a cup of hot freshly brewed strong coffee. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

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