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Easy (and Fancy) Coffee Drinks You Can Make at Home

three cups of different types of coffee on the table

With the latest wave of coffee drinks popping up in your nearest coffee chain and on the internet (Dalgona coffee, anyone?), there are more than just a few ways to get creative at home. It seems that anyone can be their own barista with just a few ingredients and basic kitchen tools!

For those who crave a cafe-style brew but prefer to stay in, here are some easy and impressive coffee drinks to spice up your day at home. 

Dirty Matcha Latte

a cup of matcha latte

Add a shot of espresso to your matcha latte to enjoy the perfect matcha-coffee blend. Photo from Sarah Gualtieri

Contrary to its name, a dirty matcha latte is not only safe for consumption but irresistibly delish. The “dirty” in this beverage is that tasty shot of espresso added into the matcha latte you are used to.

With the smooth creaminess of matcha matched with a dark nutty flavour from the espresso, this recipe presents a perfect marriage of both ingredients.

What you need:

  • 1 shot of freshly brewed espresso
  • 1 cup of milk of choice
  • 2 teaspoons of matcha powder

Instructions:

  1. Heat up the milk into a milk frother and let it sit for a minute.
  2. Stir the espresso and matcha powder in a mug, until powder dissolves.
  3. Slowly add the milk into the matcha mixture and stir well.
  4. Gently scoop the milk froth onto the top layer of the drink, enjoy!

Tip: For this recipe, we prefer using soy milk as its natural flavour pairs well with matcha. Not sure which plant-based milk will suit your coffee better? Here’s a guide.

Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino

a tall glass of coffee frappuccino

Make a healthier version of your favourite caffe vanilla frappuccino at home. Photo from Thimo van Leeuwen

A frappuccino is definitely an indulgence. But when you make it at home, you can opt for healthier alternatives and control the calorie content. In this version, we’ve substituted the usual vanilla ice cream with greek frozen yoghurt.

What you need:

  • 2 shots of freshly brewed espresso
  • 1½ scoops of Greek frozen yoghurt
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of ice

Instructions:

  1. Combine ice with frozen yoghurt. Blend until completely mixed.
  2. Pour in espresso and vanilla extract. Blend again for a few seconds.
  3. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

Dalgona Coffee

a glass of dalgona coffee

Ingredients for Dalgona coffee are inexpensive and readily available at home. Photo from Claudiu Hegedus

All over social media, this drink has taken the world by storm. Dalgona Coffee is a milk-based beverage that is topped with a foamy whipped cream, named after a South Korean candy called dalgona.

It’s not only made with just four simple ingredients but highly customisable based on your taste preferences. For an exciting flavour-burst, we’ve added a dash of cinnamon powder in this recipe.

What you need:

  • 2 tablespoons of instant coffee
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of hot water
  • 1 cup of milk
  • A dash of cinnamon powder (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Combine instant coffee, sugar, and hot water in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Using a hand mixer, beat the mixture for 3 to 5 minutes until the colour turns golden brown and has a thick consistency.
  3. Pour the milk into a tall glass with a few ice cubes.
  4. Slowly pour the mixture on top of the milk and add a dash of cinnamon powder.
  5. Mix thoroughly, and enjoy!

Tip: Hand-whisking the mixture can take longer than expected and may result in a runny consistency. For effortless whisking, we prefer using an electric hand mixer.

Frozen Mochaccino

a tall glass of frozen mocha on the table

For extra guilty pleasure, top the frozen Mochaccino with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Photo from topntp26

Love chocolate? This one’s for you. Made from a blend of coffee, chocolate, and milk, this frozen Mochaccino is perfect for our tropical climate.

Although this recipe is more time-consuming as it requires freezing coffee in an ice cube tray, it ensures that your tasty beverage remains ice cold as long as possible.

What you need:

  • 2 shots of freshly brewed espresso
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • ⅛ teaspoon of vanilla essence

Instructions:

  1. Pour the espresso in an ice cube tray and freeze overnight.
  2. Add all ingredients in a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth. You can add more ice cubes to make the blend thicker, or milk if you want it thinner.
  4. Dust some cocoa powder for garnishing, and enjoy!

Affogato

affogato in a fancy glass

Whip up a delicious Affogato for a light yet creamy after-meal treat. Photo from flockine

The classic, creamy Affogato is a traditional favourite. It’s not only one of the simplest drinks to make but possibly one of the tastiest.

Tip: Add a splash of Frangelico hazelnut liqueur to your Affogato for a nuttier and fun alternative. Here are 6 other recommended liqueurs that add an interesting dimension to your coffee.

What you need:

  • A scoop of Vanilla gelato
  • 1 shot of freshly brewed espresso
  • 1 shot of Frangelico (or more if desired)

Instructions:

  1. Chill glass in the freezer for a few minutes.
  2. Place the gelato into the chilled glass.
  3. Pour espresso and Frangelico on top of the gelato.

The Machine That Does It All

the prima donna elite coffee machine

From fancy coffee beverages to caffeinated cocktails, the Prima Donna Elite presents versatility with elegance. Photo from De’Longhi

Create your own unique beverage with the Prima Donna Elite, a modern technology bean-to-cup coffee machine that impresses all. The smart machine doesn’t only boast an expansive list of drink recipes but allows you to experiment beyond espresso shots.

Here are more reasons why the Prima Donna Elite is worth every penny.

Customise recipes and save them under multiple profiles – perfect for family members who enjoy different strengths or amounts of milk in their coffee. With a chocolate function, those who prefer non-caffeinated drinks aren’t left out. Indulge in a decadent hot chocolate or mochaccino in every way you like.

Shop here for the Prima Donna Elite.