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Nespresso Aeroccino Recipes

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Nespresso Aeroccino Recipes

This post has been sponsored by Nespresso. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Coffee. It tells a story all its own. Yet, the story is always in a language we all understand. It’s a start to the day, a mid-afternoon treat to break up the day, a cap to the evening. It can be enjoyed in a quiet moment alone, savored with a loved one, laughed over with a group of friends, from the comfort of home or in a cozy café corner as you watch the world go by outside. Some rush to grab their coffee while simultaneously eating breakfast, getting dressed and running out the door to work. Others savor it over a good read. It may be prepared differently, the beans may have a different roast, the accruements may change, and yet we all still understand a cup of coffee wherever we venture.

I think it’s why I am so passionate about my own coffee. In a country where I might not know the language, I’ve never struggled to connect over coffee. In cities that are overwhelming, I’ve never struggled to feel cozy and at home from a coffee shop seat. In my morning routine at home, there is nothing that relaxes me more than process of brewing my coffee and being enveloped in dark and sultry scents that flood me with happy memories of coffee with my grandma over her kitchen table, or my cousin in Italy while he showed us around Milan, or my favorite café in Paris on my birthday, or even the endless pots of (terrible tasting) coffee I’d drink to survive college exams. Coffee has been, and will always be, incredibly special to me, which is why it is so exciting to me to be able to partner with Nespresso, a company that takes their pursuit of great coffee just as seriously and as passionately as I do.

I mentioned coffee being a part of my morning routine up above, but I should clarify that I don’t just mean any old cup of coffee. I’m very particular about savoring my first cup, not just in drinking it, but in how I make it. It is a methodical process in which I have come to find joy and relaxation. After all, life’s too short for a bad cup of coffee, right?

One of my favorite drinks to make is a latte or cappuccino. However, steaming and frothing milk by hand can be just a bit tedious, especially on a weekday. Unless you have an Aeroccino, in which case there’s no excuse NOT to heat and froth your milk in the morning. This Aeroccino 4 machine has elevated my morning coffee routine in a way I can’t even begin to put into words. It also has me drinking an extra latte (or two), but with milk that froths to perfection in a mere 80 seconds at the simple touch of a button, can you really blame me? It offers two types of hot foam, or you can simply heat your milk, and it even has a cold foam option, which will be a dream for iced lattes come summertime. And did I mention that it’s dishwasher safe, too? My only problem is that I never bought one of these sooner. Please do not make that same mistake, and run, don’t walk, to pick one up for yourself (or someone else, as these would most certainly make a perfect gift for any occasion).

And as if foamed milk in less than 2 minutes isn’t perfect enough, I’ve even created a few specialty lattes for you, to truly elevate your coffee experience in all the ways possible. One is a Cinnamon Sugar Latte made with the Nespresso Ristretto capsule, a personal favorite that I make almost daily. It’s incredibly simple, but I love the added warmth and flavor that the cinnamon gives my drink. It’s really a lovely way to start your day. The other Nespresso recipe is a Black and White Cookie Latte using the Arpeggio capsules. While cookies are only involved in the garnish, it’s a fun ode to our previous home (NYC) and slightly more exciting take on a mocha (but without a ton of extra work). For the espresso for both recipes, I adore using my Essenza Mini machine, as it’s super compact, barely taking up a sliver of the valuable real-estate that is our small kitchen counters, and yet the flavor is as rich and bold as you would hope to find in your espresso cup. For additional Aeroccino recipes, as well as more information about the capsules, the products (such as the TOUCH Nomad Dispenser and VIEW Cappuccino Cups & Saucers, both seen in the photos) and the machines, take a peek at Nespresso's site.

 

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CINNAMON SUGAR LATTE

serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 Ristretto capsule
  • Cinnamon and sugar, for topping
  • Cinnamon sticks, for garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place the cinnamon in the bottom of a serving mug.
  2. Add the milk to the Aeroccino and select your choice of froth. Pour on top of the cinnamon. Then brew Ristretto espresso directly into the mug.
  3. Dust the top generously with cinnamon and sugar. Serve with a cinnamon stick (optional) and stir to combine (The cinnamon can be used to stir.) the latte just before drinking.

Nutrition (based on 1 drink prepared with 2% milk)

Calories: 73 Sugar: 6.8g Sodium: 72.6g Fat: 2.5g Saturated Fat: 1.5g Carbohydrates: 7.8g Fiber: 0.3g Protein: 4.9g Cholesterol: 10mg


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BLACK + WHITE COOKIE LATTE

serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon chopped dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 Arpeggio capsule
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
  • Black and white cookies, for garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a small pan set over low heat, combine the chocolate, milk and vanilla. Stir continuously until melted and combined. Spoon into a serving mug and set aside.

2. Add the milk to the Aeroccino and select your choice of froth. Pour on top of the chocolate. Then brew Arpeggio espresso directly into the mug.

3. Dust half of the top with cocoa powder (to resemble a Black and White cookie) and serve with a Black and White cookie on the side (if desired). Stir to combine before drinking.

Nutrition (based on 1 drink prepared with 2% milk)

Calories: 146 Sugar: 13.3g Sodium: 77.9g Fat: 7.1g Saturated Fat: 4.6g Carbohydrates: 16.6g Fiber: 1.4g Protein: 5.1g Cholesterol: 10mg