Category Archives: Coffee Recipes

What are the coffee drinks the Nescafé Alegria 510 makes?

Nescafé AlegriaThe Nescafé Alegria 510 makes the following five coffee drinks:

  • Espresso
  • Americano
  • Lungo
  • Cappuccino
  • Latte Macchiato

But what exactly are they? Are they that difficult to make on my own?

Espresso

Espresso is coffee brewed by forcing a small, pressurized amount of hot water through finely ground coffee beans (espresso beans are essentially coffee beans roasted for brewing optimal espresso). As a result, espresso is thicker than traditional coffee and has a layer of creamy foam on top called crema.

Since espresso is so concentrated, it’s often consumed in small glasses that often resemble shot glasses with mug handles. Espresso is also the base for several coffee drinks, such as cappuccinos, lattes, and cafe mochas.

Brewing your own espresso is not difficult, but you must have an espresso machine or a Nescafé Alegria 510 to do it. Espresso cannot be brewed with a traditional coffee pot.

Americano

Americano or Caffé Americano is somewhat of a watered-down espresso. It’s prepared by adding hot water to espresso. By making espresso Americano, it has the strong, rich flavor of espresso, but the same strength as traditionally brewed coffee.

Making your own Americano once again requires an espresso machine, and once the espresso is brewed, you can add 1-16 fl. oz. of hot water to dilute it to an Americano. Or by touching a button on the Nescafé Alegria 510, it’s all done in one step.

Lungo

A Lungo (Italian for long) is very similar to an Americano in that it is espresso with more hot water than a traditional espresso. However, with an Americano, the hot water is added after brewing the espresso, and with a Lungo, the extra water is added for brewing. In other words, the Americano is diluted after the espresso is brewed, and the Lungo is brewed diluted.

A Lungo is not as strong as espresso, but it’s far more bitter because the extra hot water forced through the ground coffee extracts components from the beans that would normally stay undissolved.

Brewing a Lungo requires an espresso machine and careful measurements with water. But of course, the Nescafé Alegria 510 makes this process far easier.

Cappuccinos

A cappuccino is a coffee drink made of equal parts of espresso, steamed milk, and foam from the steamed milk. The espresso is added first, then the steamed milk, and then it is topped with the foam. To make a cappuccino of your own, you need a cappuccino machine, which brews espresso and has a special steamer to heat up the milk.

If you’ve ever used a cappuccino maker of your own, then you know it’s a tiresome process that requires lots of cleaning immediately after making your drink. The Nescafé Alegria 510 makes this process far easier.

Latte Macchiato

A Latte Macchiato should not be confused with a Café Latte. A Cafe Latte consists of one-third espresso and two-thirds steamed milk, with the milk added to the espresso. With a Latte Macchiato, the espresso is added to the milk. A Café Latte is a blended drink, and a Latte Macchiato is a layered drink. Less espresso is used with a Machiatto than a Café Latte, and if made correctly, it will sit on top of frothed milk with a perfect crema on top of the espresso.

In theory, a Latte Macchiato is easy to make with a cappuccino maker, but it’s not easy to make perfectly layered. In this instance, if it’s a Latte Macchiato you honestly crave, it’s easier to make one with a Nescafé Alegria 510.

The Nescafé Alegria 510 is so simple to use, anyone can be a barista in their own home or office. Whether you experiment with different flavors of cappuccinos or simply brew an Americano or two, you will love having the ability to make coffee house quality drinks with a press of one button. Be sure to check out our starter bundle to help you get your private coffee house off the ground!

More Fall-Flavored Coffee Recipes

Butterscotch LatteEmbrace the cooler weather and enjoy some comfort coffees. We’ve posted recipes for making delicious Fall-flavored coffee, including a soy pumpkin spice latte and a version of Harry Potter‘s butterbeer! Here are a few more recipes you can do at home to brew some tasty flavored coffee drinks without dropping the cash at a coffee house. Depending on how often you frequent coffee shops and buy specialty drinks, you could save as much as $500 a year by making them yourself.

Butterscotch Latte

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1-2 tsp Hazelnut Syrup
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup hot brewed espresso or really strongly brewed coffee

Combine the milk and sugar in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until steaming. Immediately remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour into a blender and process for 15 seconds or until the concoction is foamy.

Pour into two mugs and add the espresso. Add whipped cream and drizzle with hazelnut syrup and butterscotch chips. Continue reading

Jazz Up Your Recipes with Coffee

Cooking with CoffeeMany recipes call for a dash of wine to spruce up a sauce or enhance the flavor of meat and vegetables. Have you thought about doing something similar with coffee outside of dessert dishes?  Coffee, brewed or ground, can give your recipes a bit of zip and enhance the flavors as well as bring out a bit of new ones.

Here are some ideas, courtesy of Reader’s Digest.

Add coffee to a spice rub.

Add ground coffee to a spice rub, such as a barbecue rub, to jazz it up. Need a specific recipe? Try mixing together ground espresso, paprika, chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, and a touch of sugar. Use the rub the next time you grill beef or pork.

Add coffee to barbecue sauce.

Barbecue rubs shouldn’t have all the fun. Mix in a few tablespoons of strongly brewed coffee or espresso to homemade or bottled barbecue sauce. Continue reading

Iced Coffee Tips

Iced CoffeeWith the hot summer months upon us, it’s really hard to think of consuming coffee any other way aside from cold, no matter how much we love that first cup in the morning. (This is especially true if you reside in Texas or the South in general.)

We can satisfy this craving with a quick run to a neighborhood coffee shop, but if you want to brew your own delicious iced coffee, here are some quick tips to make the most of your cold brew.

Don’t brew iced coffee with hot water.

First thought may be to brew your coffee the traditional way and then pour the hot concoction over ice. While this will undoubtedly work, and you can do this in a jiffy, the hot coffee will melt the ice, which will then dilute it greatly.

You can brew coffee with cold water, and while doing so produces a far better tasting version of iced coffee, it takes far longer to make.

Here is a recipe from the Salisbury Post on how to concoct the perfect iced coffee:

Start to finish: 8 to 12 hours
Servings: 8

  • 4 cups spring water
  • 1 generous cup coarse ground coffee

In a glass jar slightly larger than 1 quart, combine the water and coffee. Stir well. Cover the jar and refrigerate overnight, or at least 8 to 12 hours.

When ready to strain, uncover the jar and stir. Line a mesh strainer with several layers of cheesecloth, then set it over a large bowl. Pour the coffee mixture into the strainer and let the coffee concentrate drip into the pitcher. Depending on the size of your strainer, you may need to do this in batches. Discard the coffee grounds.

Pour the coffee concentrate into a clean glass jar and refrigerate until ready to drink.

To serve, fill tall glasses with ice and any desired sweetener or cream. Pour 1/2 cup of the coffee concentrate into each glass. Stir and serve immediately.

Use a French Press.

By using a French Press, you can brew the coffee and filter it all in one go. In fact, Bodum sells a French Press model that is specifically for creating iced coffee.

Use a coarse grind of coffee.

If you use a fine grind, it’s difficult to strain the coffee grounds properly. As a result, your coffee could be filled with residual coffee grounds.

Freeze leftover coffee in ice cube trays.

No matter how you brew your coffee, hot or cold, if you have any left over, freeze it in ice cube trays. By using coffee ice cubes instead of water, you can prevent your iced coffee from getting diluted when the ice melts. If you must create your iced coffee with a hot water brewer, this is the only way to prevent dilution at all.

Now that you know the secrets to a delicious brew of iced coffee, it’s time to get brewing! Need to stock up on coffee for your iced escapades? We have plenty of brands of ground coffee to choose from! Not to mention, from now through September, with every case of Maxwell House Coffee purchased, we’ll toss in a free ice cube tray just for making your coffee ice cubes!

Create Coffee Granitas from Used Coffee Grounds

Coffee GranitaWe’ve discussed before interesting, green ways you can re-use your old coffee grounds before throwing them in the trash. But have you ever thought of re-using them for consumption?

Recently, the Food Network aired a special featuring Chef Jonathan Kallini, the pastry chef at Atlanta’s Floataway Cafe, and he offered a recipe he uses from time to time that uses used coffee grounds to make coffee granitas.

A coffee granita is essentially a snow cone made from milk, sugar, and espresso. After mixing the ingredients, the mixture is frozen to ice and repeatedly shaved. The shaved ice is then scooped into a mug or dessert dish and can be topped with ice cream, whipped cream, or even made into a cold parfait.

Instead of buying new, potentially pricey espresso beans for this dessert, Chef Kallini recommends taking 1/2 cup of your used coffee grounds (preferably from a very strong coffee) and resteeping them in 2 cups boiling water. Cover them, and steep for 8 minutes. Strain the grounds and water through a coffee filter into a bowl. Add 1/4 cup sugar and a pinch of salt to the bowl, and then whisk the ingredients together. Pour the mixture into a metal baking dish and freeze. Once the concoction is thoroughly frozen, scrape it with a fork to create the shaved ice. Now you can throw your coffee grounds, which have been used twice, into the trash or your compost pile.

Scoop the shaved coffee ice into a mug of your choice and top it with lightly sweetened whipped cream.

The extra steeping of the grounds makes the coffee granitas taste as good as they would if you used freshly brewed coffee or espresso. In addition, you have squeezed out a bit more mileage out of your coffee beans, which is a bit easier on your wallet than buying more coffee or espresso beans.

Add a Little Coffee to Your Thanksgiving Day Recipes

Coffee in Thanksgiving Day recipes? You’d be surprised how great a little coffee in your turkey glaze, your yams, and (of course) your dessert can be. If you were looking for ways to jive up your traditional Thanksgiving menu, then try out one of these. You’re already a coffee lover, correct, or why else would you be here?


Slow-Smoked Turkey with Cane Syrup-Coffee Glaze

Thanksgiving Turkey2 gallons water
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup coffee
1 large onion, halved
12 large thyme sprigs, tied together
1/4 cup kosher salt
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
2 cups light brown sugar or 3 cups cane syrup
One 11-pound turkey
About 3 cups hickory chips
Vegetable oil, for brushing

In a large saucepan, bring 1 gallon of the water to a boil; keep warm.
In a large stockpot, combine the cider vinegar, coffee, onion, thyme, salt and peppercorns with 1 3/4 cups of the brown sugar and the remaining gallon of water.
Bring to a boil.
Holding the turkey by the legs, carefully ease the bird into the hot brine, neck end down.
Add enough of the hot water to the stockpot to cover the turkey and bring to a simmer.
Simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
Carefully remove the turkey from the stockpot.
Strain 2 cups of the braising liquid into a heatproof bowl and stir in the remaining 1/4 cup of brown sugar.
Discard the remaining braising liquid.
Meanwhile, light a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill.
A few minutes before the turkey has finished simmering, add 2 cups of the hickory chips to the coals.
When the chips start smoking, brush the turkey breast with oil. Set the turkey, breast side down, on the grill.
Cover and smoke over a low fire or flame for 15 minutes.
Baste the turkey with the reserved braising liquid; turn it breast side up and baste again.
Cover the grill and continue smoking the turkey for about 40 minutes longer, basting occasionally with the braising liquid and adding more coals or hickory chips to the grill as necessary.
The turkey is done when an instant-read thermometer inserted in the inner thigh registers 165°.
Transfer the turkey to a cutting board and let rest 20 minutes before carving.


Coffee Orange Whipped Yams

originally from Diana Rosen’s The Coffee Lover’s Companion
1/4 cup raisins for garnish
1/4 cup French vanilla coffee
4 large yams baked
4 tablespoons fresh orange juice
Dash cinnamon & cardamom
1/4 cup butter

Soak raisins in coffee, strain, and remove.
Whip all other ingredients thoroughly; adjust seasonings to taste and serve hot.
Can be served in scooped-out orange halves or carve-out small pumpkin gourds.
Garnish with coffee-soaked raisins.


Coffee Pecan Pie

3 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup unsulfured molasses
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup mocha-flavored coffee
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 tablespoons flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell

Preheat oven to 375 F.
Combine first 7 ingredients and mix well.
Combine flour and pecans and add to egg mixture.
Pour pecan pie mixture into unbaked pie shell.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes, until firm.
Cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate 2 hours before serving.


Coffee Punch Recipe

4 cups coffee (French Vanilla or mocha-flavored)
2 cups whole milk
 or 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
Ground cinnamon
In a large container, combine coffee, milk and sugar; stir until sugar is dissolved. 
Spoon ice cream into a punch bowl; pour coffee mixture over the top. 
Sprinkle with cinnamon. 
Serve immediately. 
Yield: 2-1/2 quarts.


And remember, nothing fights against the lull of tryptophan from the turkey like coffee! Be sure to serve coffee with dessert this Thanksgiving.