Around the holidays, customers are seeking the gift of nostalgic flavors that bring them comfort through the months of giving. All throughout New York coffee shops, the signage is filled with seasonal specials – peppermint mochas, gingerbread lattes, and their twist on the classic hot chocolate. Recently, I’ve been getting overwhelmed with the sweetness that comes with the holiday season, which is something my young sugar-loving self would scoff at if they heard me now.
Jumpstarting our new initiative of recipes of the month, I wanted to bring a specialty coffee beverage that can cater to those that are looking for cozy holiday flavors without an overload of flavored coffee syrup. Without further ado, I present you with the cups recipe for a cinnamon maple latte featuring products on our dashboard.
Cinnamon Maple Latte
2 shots of espresso
3/4 cup milk
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Whipped cream (optional)
Start with pulling 2 shots of espresso of your choice – we recommend Caffe Vita’s Organic Medium Roast Espresso due to the blend of chocolate, dark plum, and candied almond being a delicious pairing with the maple and cinnamon.
Meanwhile, steam 3/4 cups of milk – we’re using Minor Figures Barista Series Oat Milk because of the way it blends perfectly with espresso. Bonus points for its latte art capabilities!
Add as much maple syrup that matches the desired sweetness level your customer is craving (about 1 tablespoon as a reference point) to the espresso shots along with 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon. Stir the ingredients until well mixed then add your steamed milk. Top the latte with whipped cream if your customer wants extra sweetness, garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon, then stay behind the bar to make yourself a second cinnamon maple latte after serving this one to your lucky customer.