Mason Jar Instant Latte
When I was in college I worked at Starbucks for a few years. It was a lot of fun, I learned a lot about coffee, and I loved the people I worked with. It also was the first time I drank coffee on a daily basis, and I became addicted! I don't drink coffee daily anymore because of health reasons, at least not a whole carafe black like I used to. When I'm craving a little coffee treat though this is my new go-to. I have never really liked the taste of instant coffee but it's gotten so much better over the years! It's important to use a high quality instant coffee in this recipe so it won't taste as bitter, I will list a few brands in the notes. Funny story about instant coffee, I used to be so addicted to caffeine and strong black coffee that I would bring Starbucks instant coffee packs with me to restaurants, hotels, and even when I stayed at someone's home to add to their weak coffee! I'm glad I'm not quite as addicted as I used to be, but this latte is so good I could see it happening again!
1 TBSP good instant coffee or 1 packet of Starbucks Via instant coffee
1 TBSP water
1 Cup milk of choice, I use Coconut
1 TBSP maple syrup or sweetener of choice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract ( optional )
1 cup of ice or ice to the top of the mason jar
1) In a 16 oz. mason jar add the instant coffee and 1 TBSP of water, swirl to mix until coffee is somewhat dissolved.
2) Add the milk, sweetener, vanilla extract, and ice.
3) Place the lid tightly on the mason jar and shake! This is optional, you can stir if you don't have a lid, but it helps to dissolve the instant coffee and crates a slight froth at the top of the latte.
4) Top with whip cream or dairy free whip cream!
Note on instant coffee
I like Mount Hagen Organic Fair-trade Instant Coffee, they are one of the only decaf instant coffee brands I have found that is Organic and also tastes good!
Starbucks VIA instant coffee is really good, it is strong and finely ground so you will only need one tiny pouch of the instant coffee instead of a TBSP if you use Starbucks VIA.
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