Coffee Recipes

Below is our collection of gourmet coffee recipes. Some are basic, some exotic, some hot and some cold. Some of our coffee recipes have been also published in books.

Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is an excellent summer refresher but it has not received the attention as its cousin Iced Tea primarily because of careless preparation. Many coffee shops and restaurants use yesterday's leftover coffee that is simply chilled and poured over ice. When coffee is left to stand and cool down slowly, its aromatics are lost and it becomes flat and bitter, unlike iced tea.

To make a great tasting glass of iced coffee you need to take the same care as you would with hot coffee. Don't try to use leftover coffee for iced coffee but brew it as a delicious drink on its own.


There are two easy methods of preparing iced coffee:

Iced Coffee over Ice Cubes

  • Brew extra strength coffee using 2 tablespoon to 4 oz. of water
  • Pour over ice cubes
  • Add sugar or cream if desired

Note: The extra strength coffee is important so that when the iced melts it does not dilute the coffee.

Iced Coffee with Ice Coffee Cubes

  • Brew regular strength coffee and freeze it in ice cube trays
  • Fill glasses with the coffee cubes and pour regular strength coffee over them
  • Add sugar or cream if desired

Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte
8 oz of Coffee
1/2 cup 2% Milk
1 1/2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Puree
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
Combine ingredients in a high powered blender, and blend on medium speed for a good minute or two. Taste and feel free to add additional maple syrup for some extra sweetness. Feel free to top with whipped cream!

Mocha Cinnamon Shake


1 cup brewed gourmet coffee at room temperature
1 cup chocolate ice cream
1 cup milk
1 cup crushed ice
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine the gourmet coffee, ice cream, milk and crushed ice in a blender. Blend it until it is all combined and serve. Pour into two mugs and add cinnamon sticks. Makes 2 servings

Mexican Coffee


1 ½ cups double strength hot gourmet coffee (use 4 tablespoons coffee to 12 oz. of water)
¾ teaspoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons chocolate syrup
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup heavy cream
1 table spoon sugar

Combine cream, nutmeg, sugar and cinnamon then whip. Using four demitasse cups, put 1 teaspoon of chocolate syrup in each. Stir the remaining ½ teaspoon of cinnamon into the the hot gourmet coffee. Pour the coffee in the cups and stir. Top with spiced whipped cream. Makes 4 servings.

Café au Lait or Café con Leche


1 cup strong dark roast gourmet coffee or espresso
1 cup hot milk

No, Starbucks was not the first to serve a Lait in the U.S. in the 1980’s. Cubans have been serving “café con leche” for decades down in Miami. Anyway, this traditional Spanish and French drink is prepared by simultaneously pouring equal amounts of hot, strong dark roast gourmet coffee and hot milk into a large cup. The milk can either be heated in the microwave or stovetop. The heated milk adds a special sweetness to this delicious drink. The Cuban version is actually prepared with a cup of hot milk and a shot of Cuban coffee poured into it. Sugar is a must to fully appreciate this drink. Makes 2 servings.

Coffee Breakfast Drink


1 tablespoon instant espresso or instant coffee
2 cups of milk
2 tablespoons of protein powder
1 teaspoon of honey
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the milk, instant espresso or coffee, protein powder, vanilla and honey in an electric blender until uniform. Serve in tall glasses. Makes 2 servings.



Authentic espresso needs to be brewed in an espresso machine which forces steam and boiling water through finely ground Italian roast coffee. The professional machines found in fine restaurants use a complicated system of steam pipes and springs which produces a brew that is hard to replicate with home kitchen espresso machines.



Cappuccino is espresso served with steamed frothy milk. Like espresso this is best enjoyed with a professional machine which are expensive. On the home machines most espresso makers have a milk steaming attachment to froth up and heat the milk. Combine equal amounts of Italian espresso and hot milk. Top with cinnamon or nutmeg.

Cuban Coffee


This rocket fuel will light you up with just one little shot thanks to the large amount of sugar and caffeine. Like espresso, this is best made with a professional machine which is essentially an espresso maker. Best used with our Cuban coffee. The secret to great Cuban coffee is to pour a little coffee into a cup and whip it with a spoon using one teaspoon of sugar for each serving which forms a caramel paste. Then pour the remaining espresso from the machine into the paste. Serve into a small demitasse cups.

Coffee Frappe


1 tablespoon instant espresso
3-5 ice cubes
½ cup of cold water
¼ cup of milk
3 teaspoons maple syrup

Combine in an electric blender the cold water and instant espresso at a high speed until a frothy consistency is achieved. Pour into a glass with ice cubes then stir in the maple syrup to your taste. Makes 1 serving.

Thai Iced Coffee


1/3 cup whole gourmet coffee beans, dark roast or ¼ cup ground dark roast gourmet coffee
2 cups of water
3 cardamom pods (this adds the unique Thai flavor)
1 tablespoon of sugar or maple syrup
Ice cubes
¼ cup of half-and-half or evaporated milk

In your coffee bean grinder, grind the cardamom pods with coffee beans or if you are using ground coffee just mix them together. Now brew this mixture with 2 cups of water. Add sugar or maple syrup and let it cool. Pour this into two glasses filled to the top with ice. Add half-and-half or evaporated milk. Makes 2 servings.

Jamaican Coffee


1 cup of hot gourmet coffee
¼ shot of Tia Maria
¼ shot of Myers Rum
¼ shot of Dark Creme de Cacao

Combine your hot gourmet coffee, Tia Maria, Myers Rum, and Dark Creme de Cacao. Mix together the top with whipped cream. Makes 1 serving.

Irish Coffee


1 cup of hot gourmet coffee
1 shot of Irish Whiskey

Mix your Irish Whiskey and hot gourmet Coffee. Top with whipped cream. Makes 1 serving.

Eggnog Coffee


1 cup hot gourmet coffee
1 ounce eggnog
½ tablespoon grated nutmeg

Mix your hot gourmet coffee with your eggnog. Sprinkle nutmeg on top. Makes 1 serving.

Calypso Island Coffee


1 cup of hot Gourmet Coffee
½ shot of Frangelico Liqueur
½ shot of Malibu Rum

Combine your Frangelico, gourmet coffee and Malibu Rum. Add chocolate then top with whipped cream. Makes 1 serving.

Keoke Coffee


½ shot of Kahlua
1 cup of hot gourmet coffee
½ shot of Courvoisier
½ shot of Dark Cream de Cacao

Combine your Kahlua coffee liqueur, gourmet coffee, Dark Cream de Cacao, and Courvoisier. Top with whipped cream and serve. Makes 1 serving.

Bailey's Irish Coffee


1 cup hot gourmet coffee
1 shot of Bailey's Irish Cream

Combine your gourmet coffee and Bailey's Irish Cream. Top with whipped cream and serve. Makes 1 serving.



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