Friday, August 21, 2009

Specialty Coffee

I love drinking coffee. The smell of freshly brewing coffee reminds me of happy childhood memories, of waking up Saturday mornings the smell of fresh coffee, bacon and pancakes.

Today we have many choices for specialty coffees, some which are sure to break the bank! Since I do not like to spend those high prices I have come up with some easy and frugal recipes for my favorites.

Iced Cappuccino

1 cup ice
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp espresso powder
1 squeeze of chocolate syrup (or you can use cocoa powder and honey)

Blend together in your blender till well mixed and frothy. If it is too thick just add a splash of milk or cream.

Mexican Coffee

Sprinkle a teaspoon or so of cinnamon over your coffee grounds in your coffee maker and brew your coffee as normal. Serve with some honey and cream.

To make this extra special, whip some cream and dollop some fresh cream on the top and sprinkle with cinnamon.

French Vanilla

I know you can buy cream for this, but how healthy is a "dairy product" that has a shelf life of months? Here is a healthier versions...

Mix 1 tsp of vanilla into a half a cup of cream, use a bit of sugar or honey to sweeten your coffee to your preference.

For more frugal tips and recipes check out Recipe Swap, Food on Fridays, Foodie Fridays, The Finer Things and Frugal Fridays.



  1. Thanks for the ideas! I'm going to try the Mexican coffee in the morning. Sounds yummy!

  2. Thank you for this excellent reminder that we don't have to use those unhealthy options. I have the stuff to make French vanilla your way!

  3. What great ideas. Thanks for sharing them and your recipes with us. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  4. I too love coffee, strong and black in the morning and smooth lattes in the afternoon. Oh yes and a Caramel Machiatto for a hang over. Lol.
    Condensed milk is also a low calorie option for the creamy drinks.

  5. Great ideas!! I LOVE coffee and try to avoid the artificial things in life.

  6. Yay. Coffee drinks! I just did a post on a new coffee drink I created for myself yesterday!

  7. I love the smell, but not the taste, of coffee. But a cold cappuccino? Yummy! Will have to try that out!

  8. I didn't drink coffee until I married. My husband is a coffee addict...

    Your recipes sound delicious...

    God bless...Betty @ Country Charm

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