The Chai Latte You Need to Make Now

Chai Coffee Latte recipe

Can I let you in on a little secret? Don't start with the hate mail, but I'm not the biggest fan of a certain super-popular (rhymes with 'tarbucks') chain's coffee, so I've been experimenting with different coffees and lattes at home. A few weeks ago I was watching Giada At Home and she made an amazing looking (let's be real, all her recipes look amazing) chai latte... with coffee! I have had chai tea lattes before, but never with coffee so I just had to try it out. As in, I went out and bought a French press that day.

The spicy sweet flavor, the aromatic espresso, the foamy milk; trust me, it was as delicious as it looked! The perfect afternoon pick-me-up and treat.

If you don't have a French press or espresso maker, you can just as easily make this using a standard coffee maker by adding the coffee and spices to a filter.

Chai Coffee Latte adapted from Giada de Laurentis
1 cup coarsely ground Coffee (I use French roast, darker roasts are best)
1 tbsp. Cardamom
1 tbsp. Cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. Ginger
1 tsp. Allspice
1/2 tsp. Freshly Grated Ginger
1/4 tsp. ground Black Pepper
1/8 tsp. ground Cloves
1/8 tsp. Salt
4 cups Hot Water
1/2 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 1/2 cups Non-fat Milk (or full fat if you prefer... I won't tell)

In your French press, combine the coffee with the next 8 ingredients and then add the water. Place the lid on (plunger up!) and let the coffee brew for 4 minutes. Note: Set a timer to help you know when time is up. Press the plunger slowly down.

In a saucepan, heat the non-fat milk on medium-high heat, whisking or using a milk frother (those are the best!) to make it thick and foamy.

Pour the coffee into another saucepan over medium heat to rewarm, stirring in the sweetened condensed milk. Divide the chai coffee into coffee cups and spoon the frothy milk over the top. Garnish with cinnamon sugar and enjoy!

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