What’s in Your Cup? National Gourmet Coffee Day is Coming

Written by Chris

Tall White Chocolate Caramel Latte Recipe

To kick off National Gourmet Coffee Day on January 18, I thought I would share two of my favorite coffeehouse-inspired recipes and introduce you to my all-time favorite espresso machine.

The Café Latte

This is the drink that Seattle made famous. It’s similar to the cappuccino with less foam and more steamed milk. Think one-third espresso, one-third steamed milk and one-third foam. I like mine with a touch of ground cinnamon!

The Cappuccino

This drink is basically equal parts espresso and steamed frothy milk. It’s typically topped with a dusting of cinnamon or cocoa.

The Espresso Machine

Nespresso is my favorite espresso machine, hands down! I have tried many.

Nespresso Citiz Machine

I own the CitiZ Nespresso machine and our Nestle Kitchens has the CitiZ machine with Aeroccino Frother pictured above (if you haven’t checked out this frother, put this on your list!). I ended up purchasing it separately since I loved it so much.

All of the Nespresso machines make a mean latte and cappuccino. Seriously! I use the Ristretto capsules since these are the strongest. The best espresso has strong caramel-colored foam on top, which is the crema. And that is exactly what you get with Ristretto.

Coffee-Mate: Smooth Latte Taste

I recently did some experimenting with Coffee-mate’s new Café Collections line, shown above. Flavors include White Chocolate Caramel Latte, Caramel Macchiato and Café Latte. I started by adding them to my morning latte. So tasty! I usually don’t add sweeteners or syrups to my lattes, so this was a big step. A step in the right direction. A little goes a long way.  Start with 1 tablespoon Coffee-mate creamer and add more to your liking.

In these recipes, I paired The Café Latte with White Chocolate Caramel and The Cappuccino with Caramel Macchiato. Below is The Café Latte, pictured at the top of this post. Check out that foam! It’s why I love the Nespresso Aeroccino Frother (and Blogger friends, this works really well for food styling).

Tall White Chocolate Caramel Café Latte

Ingredients for 1 serving:


Steam milk and Coffee-mate until 150° to 160° F. Brew espresso into tall coffee mug; pour in milk mixture, holding back foam. Spoon foam over the top.

If you don’t have a milk steamer/frother, you can simply heat the milk and Coffee-mate on the stove or in a microwave until it just barely reaches a boil. Whisk briskly with a wire whisk to create foam.

Caramel Macchiato Cappuccino Recipe

Caramel Macchiato Cappuccino (pictured above)

Ingredients for 1 serving:


Brew a single shot of espresso into cappuccino cup. Steam milk and Coffee-mate together until 150° to 160° F. Pour over espresso, holding back foam with spoon. Spoon foam over the top. Dust with cinnamon.

Again, if you don’t have a milk steamer/frother, you can simply heat the milk and Coffee-mate on the stove or in a microwave until it just barely reaches a boil. Whisk briskly with a wire whisk to create foam.

For both café latte and cappuccino recipes, if you don’t have an espresso machine, use a dark roast espresso coffee. If your beans are pre-ground, grind them again before you brew. This will release oils and flavor, making it stronger and taste fresher.

So, what’s in your cup? Have you tried Nespresso or used Coffee-mate Creamer in your coffee? I am currently working on several recipes and always like to hear how you take your coffee. Let me know in the comments section and have a great coffee day.


More coffee drink recipes:

Peppermint Mocha Cappuccino Recipe
Peppermint Mocha Cappuccino
Rocky Road Cappuccino Recipe
Rocky Road Cappuccino
Pick-Me-Up Pumpkin Latte Recipe
Pick-Me-Up Pumpkin Latte
Caramel Latte Macchiato Recipe
Caramel Latte Macchiato


  1. Brandie
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

    mmm those look so yummy wish I could afford to do them. but I have to stick to my leaky coffee pot 🙂

  2. Posted January 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Brandie,
    I hear you! The Nespresso machines are worth every penny. I never visit coffeehouses anymore – with that cost savings, I feel (over time) I have justified the expense. The Coffee-mate creamers are inexpensive, so that is a good thing! We have another new line coming out soon – can’t wait to share those! 🙂

  3. Posted January 16, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Chris – all of these coffees look absolutely delicious. I’m a coffee fanatic and can’t wait to try these!

  4. Posted January 17, 2011 at 4:25 am | Permalink | Reply


    My post today is about Skinny lattes, I linked to this post as well!!

    • Posted January 17, 2011 at 8:37 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for linking to our blog, and for sharing your great recipe too! Love Skinny Lattes!

  5. Posted January 17, 2011 at 8:30 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oooh, that Caramel Macchiato Cappuccino looks so delicious, as I sit here with my drip coffee and cream:) Beautiful photos too.

    • Posted January 17, 2011 at 8:40 am | Permalink | Reply

      Heather, thank you so much for your nice comments! You can make a latte or cap out of drip coffee — make your coffee a lot stronger and use the range or micro to heat your milk. Then use a whisk to get it frothy. Happy Monday to you!

  6. Posted March 5, 2011 at 7:55 am | Permalink | Reply

    Chris, the pictures look great! I am into french press for my favorite way to have coffee as it is an easy way for me to have my ground beans in the morning. However, my room mate broke the glass vessel so looks like I will try the Nespresso.

  7. Posted May 19, 2011 at 7:59 am | Permalink | Reply

    I don’t like adding creamers to coffee, if I can help it…but your photo has inspired me to make a healthier version on my site! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. judy jordan
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink | Reply

    if i could just find the Cafe Latte in the market or anywhere i would be very very happy.The one store they gave me in my area does not have it. can i order from coffee mate cause My Brands does not show it on their web site either. i am upset!!

    • Posted October 16, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Judy! I asked our Consumer Services team to contact you about this.


  9. Posted May 6, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Very energetic article, I enjoyed that bit. Will there be
    a part 2?

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