Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Chai Latte With A French Press {Using Coffee}

So traditionally chai lattes are made with a spiced black tea...."Chai TEA latte" but we're getting crazy here with this recipe and using coffee instead! I made this yesterday and it was marvelous -- so much flavor! What a special treat to start your day off right!

Serves 2

1 cup coffee grounds
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
4 thin slices of fresh ginger
3 aniseed stars
1 tbsp. cinnamon + extra for sprinkling 
1 tbsp. cardamom
1 tsp. whole allspice
1/8 tsp. ground clove {whole clove optional}
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper

4 cups hot water
1/2 cup evaporated milk {=1/4 cup into each mug}
1/4 cup condensed milk  {=2 tbsp. into each mug}

Whipped cream

Combine coffee grounds and spices in a French press. Add hot water and give it a good stir. Let steep for 5 minutes. Then place the lid on the French press and gently push the sifter making sure the spices and coffee grounds stay below the seal. Pour the spiced coffee into drinking cups or mugs. Now add evaporated and condensed milk among the cups.

Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

* Honestly I like both chai {coffee or tea}...if you're looking for a bold flavor, you'll love this coffee version. If you prefer a smoother taste I suggest substituting 6 black tea bags in replace of the 1 cup of coffee grounds for a tradition chai tea latte.

Picture:French press with spoon

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