Vanilla Soy Latte

Vanilla Soy Latte_Insta I’m not sure what happened to spring, but today had a distinct crisp chill to it reminiscent of fall, which had me craving a warming beverage and roasted vegetables. As it was only 9:30 in the morning, I decided to wait on the veggies until a more respectable 11:00am at least. But, it was prime coffee time and a latte was just what the doctor ordered. Not every chilly day calls for a latte. In fact, most days I prefer my coffee black or with a touch of milk. Nothing more. If you have great coffee, you don’t need anything else. But, today definitely called for a latte – maybe even two! I am lucky enough to live in a very walkable area of Los Angeles and so have no fewer than three coffee shops within a few block radius. But, it is cold outside and the idea of walking in the cold with wet hair was very not appealing. In fact, it completely contradicted the whole reason to have the coffee: to curl up on the sofa with a good book and sip and read the gloom away. Plus, I didn’t feel like shelling out $4+ for a cup of joe. Don’t get me wrong, I love my specialty coffee and am more than willing to pay for it when I am a) out and about and have no choice or b) I love the coffee and the atmosphere and plan to stay for a while. Today fit into neither of those categories. I digress. Home I stayed and in less than five minutes I was curled up on the sofa enjoying a beautiful and delicious latte that clocked in at a meager 35 calories. Some things just taste better homemade. Now, there are a million ways to make a latte at home without tons of special equipment and I have tried many, if not most, of them. Based upon my incredibly non-scientific experiments, I believe the following method to be the quickest and easiest path to a latte that both looks and tastes delicious. Here’s how I did it:
  1. Brew coffee.
  2. Heat roughly ½ cup of Light Vanilla Soy Milk in the microwave on high for about 1 minute.
  3. Using a handheld milk frother (average $20), whip the warmed milk until it has your desired amount of foam. I usually froth for about 30 seconds.
  4. Gently pour the coffee into the cup with the milk.
  5. Dust with cinnamon.
  6. Curl up on the sofa with a good book or magazine.
  7. Enjoy!
Cinnamon on the Latte
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