How to Make Great Coffee

10 Mar 2016
POSTED BY Y Magazine
Nearly all of us love a strong hit of caffeine to get us going in the morning, so why not learn how to make your own?

Millions of people drink at least one cup of coffee per day and many get their caffeine fix with a specialty coffee drink.

Dairy milk is a great complement for any cup of coffee; it’s both a tasty addition and a way to add essential nutrients to your mug. Every type of dairy milk, whether low-fat, fat-free or organic, contains nine essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, calcium, potassium and vitamin D.

If you enjoy coffee, here are a few ways to create gourmet drinks at home.

How to Make a Cafe au Lait


A cafe au lait is simply a strong-brewed coffee drink mixed with steamed milk. The best way to make one is to brew a dark-roast blend in a cafetiere and mix with equal parts steamed milk.

There are a few easy ways to froth milk at home. Use a milk frother or try this DIY tip: shake your favourite type of milk in a jar until it froths up. Remove the lid and microwave to desired temperature. Now you’ve got warm milk for your coffee and foam to top it off.

How to Make a Latte


Lattes are two parts milk to one part espresso. Starting your day with a morning latte is a wonderful way to enjoy the buzz of coffee, as well as milk’s nine essential nutrients, including eight grams of high-quality protein per 235ml.

How to Make a Cappuccino


A cappuccino is an Italian coffee drink made with equal parts espresso, steamed milk and foamed milk. A “dry” cappuccino has more foam, while a “wet” cappuccino is closer to a latte in consistency. Whether you prefer a cappuccino, latte or cafe au lait, adding milk is a delicious and nutritious complement to your coffee beverage of choice. From espresso to strong-brewed coffee – adding dairy milk only adds to the enjoyment. For more tips, tricks and recipes, visit

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Recipe: Spicy Latte


Servings: 1 


  • 2 tsp instant espresso powder or instant coffee granules
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ancho, chipotle or cayenne chilli pepper
  • 1 cup fat-free milk


  1. In a serving mug, stir together espresso, cocoa, sugar, cinnamon and pepper. Stir in two tbsp milk to make a paste.
  2. In a saucepan, heat remaining milk until very hot. Pour milk into mug and stir to blend with paste. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information per serving: 120 calories, 0.5g fat; 0g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 9g protein, 22g carbohydrates, 1g fibre, 105mg sodium, 309mg calcium (30 per cent of daily value). 

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