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French Press Spiced Vanilla Latte

This spiced vanilla latte recipe is a shop that has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CoffeehouseBlend #CollectiveBias

With lots of vanilla and a hint of cardamom and cinnamon, it’s a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press!

This spiced vanilla latte with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon is a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press! #CoffeehouseBlend #ad

This spiced vanilla latte with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon is a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press! #CoffeehouseBlend #ad



I’m excited to be partnering today with Folgers coffee and Publix (one of my favorite grocery stores!) to bring you a delicious new coffeehouse-style beverage!

You know how much I love making fancy coffees at home, and now I’ve got the perfect excuse to make lots of them: a cute and comfy new morning coffee spot on our front porch.

This spiced vanilla latte with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon is a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press! #CoffeehouseBlend #ad

My coworker has these awesome porch chairs with cushions on the seat and the back that I’ve been coveting for about a year, and they finally went on sale this month, so I jumped on the chance and bought a pair! They are perfect and sooo comfy. 

We’ve been in this house about three years with no furniture on the front porch and nowhere to sit but the stairs, but now?

Now, I never want to go back inside.

I added a cute little mosaic end table between them and now it’s the perfect little coffee spot for Mike and me to enjoy a nice latte on one of the absolutely beautiful weekend mornings we’ve been having.

This spiced vanilla latte with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon is a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press! #CoffeehouseBlend #ad

Most days I’m a tea drinker, but on weekends I like to indulge in fancy coffee drinks, whether they’re at a coffee shop or made at home.

So when Mike and I swung by the super-awesome Publix that’s right by my office for our weekend grocery trip, we picked up a can of Folgersยฎ Coffeehouse Blend coffee. It’s a medium-dark roast with a bold, smooth flavor that seemed just right for making my own coffeehouse-style drink at home.

You can find a digital coupon for $1.00 off any Folgersยฎ Coffee Product (excluding Instant) here! 

This spiced vanilla latte with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon is a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press! #CoffeehouseBlend #ad

We found it very easily right with the rest of the coffee, in the same aisle as the tea and cereal.

This spiced vanilla latte with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon is a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press! #CoffeehouseBlend #ad

Over the years my sweet tooth has diminished, and I always have to order my drinks at a coffee shop with half the usual amount of syrup. I like the more European-style subtlety of a nice mocha or latte where it’s just sweet enough to cut any bitterness without leaving your throat feeling sticky.

A homemade, barely-sweetened spiced vanilla latte with a thick layer of foam seemed like just the thing I wanted to drink while relaxing in our new chairs.

This spiced vanilla latte with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon is a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press! #CoffeehouseBlend #ad

I wanted to make a simple and sophisticated drink with a strong vanilla flavor and just a touch of spice โ€” enough to add interest, but not so much that it tasted like a fall beverage.

I will admit – it took me three attempts to strike what I thought was the right balance for the perfect spiced vanilla latte.

This spiced vanilla latte with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon is a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press! #CoffeehouseBlend #ad

The first time through, I pretty much put everything but the kitchen sink in my milk – cardamom, allspice, cloves, orange peel, fresh ginger root, nutmeg, brown sugar, a whole vanilla bean, and a cinnamon stick. 

Wow. Too much. 

This spiced vanilla latte with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon is a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press! #CoffeehouseBlend #ad

Namely, too much cardamom. But also, too much everything.

I couldn’t taste the coffee. I could barely taste the vanilla. All I could taste was cardamom. And while I love cardamom, boy, does a little go a long way!

This spiced vanilla latte with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon is a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press! #CoffeehouseBlend #ad

And you know what else? Vanilla beans are expensive, and those are a lot of ingredients.

Spending a hundred years (and dollars) adding peels and spices to my milk might be okay now and then, but I wanted something simple to put together that I could make with no fuss for an easy and relaxing morning treat. 

This spiced vanilla latte with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon is a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press! #CoffeehouseBlend #ad

My second attempt at making the spiced vanilla latte was much better. But it was the third attempt that really hit the nail on the head. 

I brewed the coffee extra-strong in my French press, which makes a great substitute for espresso for drinks like these.

This spiced vanilla latte with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon is a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press! #CoffeehouseBlend #ad

I added just a little sugar, a lot of vanilla extract, and only a couple dashes each of cardamom and cinnamon.

Simplicity. Subtlety. Sophistication. I could taste the vanilla. Just a hint of spice.

And that bold, rich coffeehouse blend coffee flavor came through just like I wanted it to.

This spiced vanilla latte with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon is a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press! #CoffeehouseBlend #ad

I even made this spiced vanilla latte again this weekend for my mom and stepdad when they came by and they really enjoyed it. 

I was really impressed at the quality of the Folgers coffeehouse blend and am looking forward to using it again for coffee-shop-style homemade drinks in the future.

And I’ll definitely be enjoying this simple, sophisticated latte on our porch chairs many times this spring!

This spiced vanilla latte with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon is a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press! #CoffeehouseBlend #ad

If you want to try this latte and Folgers’ new Coffeehouse Blend yourself (and really, I’d highly recommend it!), you can find a digital coupon for $1.00 off any Folgersยฎ Coffee Product (excluding Instant) here along with some other great Publix coupons! 

Want to follow along with what else Folgers is up to? You can follow them here on Facebook or Twitter!

This spiced vanilla latte with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon is a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press!

This spiced vanilla latte with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon is a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press! #CoffeehouseBlend #ad

French Press Spiced Vanilla Latte

Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 lattes
Author: Caroline Lindsey

This spiced vanilla latte with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon is a simple, sophisticated coffeehouse style drink you can make at home using your French press!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 dashes cardamom
  • 2 dashes cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp Folgers Coffeehouse Blend coffee
  • 2 cups water near-boiling

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine milk, vanilla, sugar, cardamom, and cinnamon. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar is dissolved and milk is hot, but do not boil.

  2. Meanwhile, add Folgers Coffeehouse Blend coffee to a French press and pour over about 2 cups of near-boiling water. I heat water in my tea kettle for this. Stir, and steep for 6 minutes before pushing down the plunger.

  3. Pour about 3/4 cup coffee each into two mugs.

  4. Using a handheld milk frother, froth the milk mixture until there is a thick layer of foam on top. Give your saucepan a couple of firm whacks on a hard surface like your counter to break any of the larger bubbles and make a denser foam.

  5. Using a wooden spoon to hold back the foam, divide the milk between the two mugs. Spoon the foam on top. Add a small dash of cardamom on top for garnish, if desired. 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Heidi
    March 1, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Looks great! I’m not a coffee drinker, but my husband is. I bet he’d love this.

  • Reply
    Cathy McInnes
    March 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    What a delicious way to relax in your new chairs over the weekend! This is the perfect coffee drink that makes you want to linger and enjoy the outdoors! {client}

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      March 16, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks Cathy! It got cold again but hopefully I’ll be drinking many more coffees on the porch in a week or so!

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