10 Easy-to-Make Home Specialty Coffee Recipes


Create These 10 Fun Specialty Coffee Recipes at Home With Your Coffee Maker


Want to impress your friends and family? Here’s a tip - You don’t need to go to a Starbucks or be trained as a barista to make quality coffee at home. With minimal effort and a countertop coffee machine or espresso machine, you can make a coffee drink for any taste.

It’s easy enough to brew a cup of coffee with a kettle and a french press, but many of these drinks require an espresso base. Brentwood coffee makers and Miele coffee makers, both available on our online coffee maker store, allow you to make a quality cup of coffee or espresso in a pinch, and many models include the milk frothers you’ll need to make some of the recipes below. 

Regardless of what countertop coffee system you’re rocking, you’ll find a drink below that’s bound to become your new favorite and rival any found at a coffee shop.


How to Make Speciality Coffee at Home - Our Top 10 Recipes


1. Cafe au Lait

By The Spruce Eats



  • 1 part hot strong coffee (French roast)
  • 1 part steamed milk


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Into a large cup, pour equal parts of strong hot coffee and steamed milk, reserving the foam.
  3. Stir.
  4. Spoon reserved foam on top and serve hot.


2. Cappuccino

By Taste of Home



  • ½ cup of milk
  • ? cup of espresso



  1. Place milk in a 1-cup microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1 minute or until milk is hot and small bubbles form around the edge of the cup.
  2. Place a metal whisk in a cup; whisk vigorously by holding the whisk handle loosely between palms and quickly rubbing hands back and forth. Remove foam to a small measuring cup as it forms. Continue whisking until foam measures 1/3 cup; set aside.
  3. Pour Easy Espresso into a mug; pour in remaining hot milk. Spoon foam over top and serve immediately.


3. Cold Brew

By Simply Recipes



  • Coarsely ground coffee beans



  1. Combine coarse coffee grounds with water, then let it steep overnight, or for around 12 hours.
  2. Strain the next morning using a cheesecloth or paper coffee filter, and keep refrigerated until serving.


4. Frappuccino

By Add a Pinch



  • Ice, crushed is recommended
  • Espresso or strong coffee
  • Milk, or favorite half-and-half, milk or milk alternative (soy, almond, oat milk, etc)
  • Sweetener of choice (granulated sugar, stevia, honey, etc.)
  • Optional toppings such as whipped cream and chocolate syrup



  1. Blend together ice, espresso (or strong coffee), milk, and sweetener until well blended.
  2. Pour into a tall glass and top with optional toppings of whipped cream and chocolate syrup, if using.
  3. Serve immediately and enjoy every sip!


5. Vanilla Latte

By a Sweet Pea Chef



  • espresso or strongly brewed coffee
  • unsweetened almond milk
  • full-fat coconut milk
  • pure maple syrup
  • pure vanilla extract


  1. Make the espresso or strongly brewed coffee.
  2. Combine the coffee with vanilla and the rest of the vanilla latte ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer the liquid to a blender and blend until foamy.
  4. pour the vanilla latte into mugs and enjoy!


6. Gingerbread Latte

By Hunger Thirst Play


Ingredients (Gingerbread Syrup):

  • ¼ cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup of water
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Directions (Gingerbread Syrup):

  1. In a medium-size saucepan, combine the ingredients. Heat over medium heat, stirring until combined.
  2. Bring to a slow boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes – stirring occasionally.
  3. Transfer to a heat proof storage container.  Shake well before each use to redistribute the spices.


Ingredients (Latte):

  • 3 tablespoons Gingerbread Syrup
  • 2 shots espresso
  • ¾ cup 2% milk
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • whipped cream optional


Directions (Latte):

  1. In a large coffee cup, add two shots of espresso.  Stir in 3 tablespoons of Gingerbread Syrup and top with frothed milk.
  2. Scoop the foam of the frothed milk onto the top of the latte.  Freshly grate nutmeg over the foam.
  3. Optional: Add whipped cream to the top of the milk foam before freshly grating the nutmeg.


7. Pumpkin-Spice Latte (PSL)

By Inspired Taste



  • 2 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons sugar, depending on how sweet you like it
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 cup strong hot coffee
  • Whipped cream, for serving


  1. Add milk, pumpkin puree, and sugar to a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until hot, but do not boil. 
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and coffee.
  3. Divide the mixture between two mugs. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.


8. Cafe Mocha

By Allrecipes



  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk



  1. Pour hot coffee into a mug. 
  2. Stir in cocoa, sugar, and milk.


9. White Chocolate Mocha

By CopyKat



  • 3 tablespoons white chocolate chips or white chocolate sauce
  • 1.5 ounces espresso or 1 tablespoon instant espresso plus 3 tablespoons of hot water to dissolve
  • 1 cup milk whole, half and half, or skim
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream



  1. If you are using the white chocolate sauce - add the sauce to a coffee mug.
  2. Heat the milk, and use a milk frother to make the milk frothy.
  3. Layer the espresso and milk (frothed if you prefer) on top and stir.
  4. Top with whipped cream. If you are using white chocolate chips - in a double boiler melt the white chocolate chips with the milk. Pour the milk mixture over the espresso and top with whipped cream.


10. Frozen Mocha

By Chocolate, Chocolate and More



  • 1 cup strong coffee, frozen into cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream
  • 1-3 tablespoons sugar, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • Optional-whipped cream, mini chocolate chips, more chocolate syrup



  1. Place milk in a blender and add coffee cubes. 
  2. Blend until crushed, add chocolate syrup and sugar to taste. 
  3. Blend again. 
  4. Pour into glass and top with whipped cream, drizzle with more chocolate syrup and garnish with sprinkles or mini chocolate chips.

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