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I will never understand how someone can actually be a morning person. Are you all from another planet?
Don’t get me wrong. I get the appeal of the early morning hours. They are quiet, with birds chirping and soft light with long shadows. Mornings glow, as the sunlight catches the dew on the grass. Sunrises burn off the haze. It’s all very stunning and picturesque.
But where I get stuck is learning to enjoy the waking up and getting out of bed part. Maybe my bed is too cozy, or my blackout curtains just don’t bring that morning glow in. My sister always jokes that the best way to get me out of bed is to put a cup of hot coffee in front of my face. I literally will “wake up and smell the coffee.”
My morning coffee is a pretty big deal, but not for the reasons you may think. I have a bad reaction to caffeine — we’re talking heart racing and panic attacks eight hours later — but I enjoy the ritual and the taste, especially of a smooth foamy latte.
I like to froth the milk with a standalone frother and use a kettle to heat the water. I use a drip coffee system which is what slowly creates the beautiful layers in my Irish coffee mug. I drink decaf, so really I can make one any time of the day. I don’t add any sugar or flavoring most days, but you can. Add it after frothing the milk. I don’t skim any foam off the top, because I froth just enough to my liking.
It’s a joy that couldn’t turn me into a morning person, but it’s about as close as I’ll ever get.
Quick At-Home Latte
- 1/3 cup Milk
- 1 tbsp Ground coffee heaping
- 8 oz Boiling water
- Sugar or sweetener of choice optional
- Bring the water to a boil in a kettle. Meanwhile add the milk to a large mug and microwave for 45 seconds, until hot but not bubbling.
- Using your milk frother, begin at the bottom and froth slowly moving the wand in circles and lifting as the milk expands, about 30 seconds total. Mix in any sweetener or flavors if desired.
- Add the coffee to the drip filter and place on top of mug of milk. Pour the boiling water over the coffee and let it drip, adding more water as needed, into the mug.
- Admire the layers if you used a glass coffee mug. Stir and enjoy!