I love coffee. After years of experimenting with coffee on my own, including a brief stint as a barista many years ago, I’ve finally settled on my favorite way to prepare it. Coffee shop blends often include premade powders filled with corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and other nasty stuff, but this is an “all-natural” recipe that uses spices, milk, and optional blue agave syrup. It’s very simple and can be prepared quickly, unlike, say, Turkish coffee, which takes time to settle.
Optional: blue agave syrup (or a healthier sweetener, such as honey)
Low-fat (1%) milk (or milk substitute)
Brew coffee and pour it into a cup. If you’d like, add blue agave syrup (I use 1/4 teaspoon) or other sweetener. Sprinkle enough ground cinnamon to lightly cover the surface of the drink. Then, sprinkle enough ground cardamom so that the aroma of the cardamom comes through clearly without overpowering the cinnamon. Pour in as much milk as you prefer (I usually pour in half as much 1% low-fat milk as coffee). Stir.
The cafe latte version of this drink, using espresso, might be even more delicious!