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Everyday Essentials

Cardamom Café Au Lait

Cardamom Café Au Lait

Weekend breakfast…. One of the beautiful traditions that we get in our romantic relationships: sleeping in, leisure, and coffee. In our house, no weekend breakfast is complete without a coffee drink of some kind – usually a café au lait or cappuccino, thanks to our Keurig espresso maker.

As a yoga instructor and veggie head, you may be wondering… coffee? Is that part of the lifestyle? And the answer is an emphatic: yes! I like to consider coffee my one vice, and I often say that, however this is a bald-faced lie, because of… red wine. Well, nobody is perfect. And, furthermore, who wants to be? Without these simple pleasures, life would be a little less fun.

Anyway, back to the recipe. There is a Mediterranean restaurant that I love in San Francisco on Fillmore Street that has excellent Turkish coffee (and many other things). After one such visit, I started experimenting with Turkish coffee at home, and then my love of the café au lait met the Turkish coffee. A match made in heaven. All the creaminess of the whole milk makes friends with the spice of the cardamom. Think chai latte, but coffee.

CARDAMOM CAFÉ AU LAIT

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp. coffee, ground
  • 3-4 cardamom pods, freshly ground* (I used green)
  • ½ cup whole milk, steamed (per cup)
  • 32 oz. French press**
  • 4 cups water, boiling

Instructions

  1. Grind cardamom in spice grinder or blender.
  2. Measure the ground coffee and cardamom into your French press.
  3. Pour in boiling water, and let brew for 4 minutes (this will make a full pot).
  4. While coffee is brewing, prepare your steamed milk or warm some milk in a pan. If warming in a pan, whisk to get the milk to froth up a bit.
  5. Add sugar to your taste (I usually use ¼-½ Tbsp. brown sugar), coffee, and steamed milk to your favorite cup.

Notes

*I tested using cardamom powder and pods, and cardamom flavor did not come through as strongly with powder.

**I’ve written for a 32 oz. French press, so if you have a different coffee maker, you may need adapt accordingly.

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