There’s nothing quite like a cozy and comforting fall beverage in October. It’s easy to head to a coffee shop for a pumpkin-spice latte, but that $5 a day can add up quickly. The solution: Create your own. Lattes and other fancy beverages aren’t as hard to make as you would think, and with the right coffee accessories and gadgets you can become your own personal barista. Here’s what you’ll need to make your favorite fall drinks at home.
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For all your lattes and cold brews, it’s best to buy some quality coffee beans. These Costa Rican coffee beans from Café Britt are robust and rich in flavor, making them the perfect choice for all your at-home brews.
The key to a perfect pumpkin spice latte is the pumpkin flavor, of course. This syrup from Sur La Table uses real pumpkin puree, so whether you incorporate it into your latte or throw it into a regular cup of coffee, you’ll feel like you’re basically drinking a slice of pumpkin pie. What could be more delicious?
Prepare your coffee with this grinder from Cuisinart, one of the best brands for coffee gadgets. You can select up to 18 different grind consistencies for whatever recipe you’re making. It can grind up to 14 cups of coffee beans, so you can prepare a lot at once and put them aside for another day.
Cold-brew coffee is quite popular since it brings out all the flavor of your beans. The KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker couldn’t be easier to use: Just add your coffee and water, and let it steep. It also fits perfectly in your fridge, so you can enjoy cold brew whenever you want.
Create your own favorite fall lattes with this De’Longhi espresso machine. It’s simple to use and brews delicious espresso! This machine also comes with its own milk frother, which is crucial for silky, frothy, rich lattes. You can even make the cold foam you find at popular coffee shops using the milk frother — another great way to elevate your latte or cold brew.
Sometimes, despite your best intentions, you don’t get a chance to drink your coffee when it’s piping hot. If you’re busy in the morning and don’t have time to drink your entire pumpkin-spice latte, then consider a battery-powered Ember mug, which allows you to maintain its temperature with a mobile app. The mug can also charge itself with its own charging coaster.
Instead of using regular old sugar, spice things up with these delectable coffee sugars from Milk Street. This four-pack, which includes Turkish Cardamom Spice, Burnt Sugar Orange Spice, Caramel Brulé and Mexican Mocha sugars, can transform your morning coffee into something much more flavorful and unique. Better yet, you can also add the sugars to beverages and snacks other than coffee, such as your morning cereal, the butter for your toast, or even your smoothie. If you can dream it, you can do it.
If you want a smooth and creamy latte or hot chocolate, one step you can’t skip is frothed milk. Not only can the Smeg Milk Frother froth both hot and cold milk to perfection — we see you, iced-coffee-all-year-round people! — but it’s also beautifully designed and looks like a work of art on your countertop.
If you’re not a PSL fan, maybe tea is more your style. A chai latte fulfills all the fall flavor requirements with its hints of vanilla, cinnamon and cardamom. The Chai Concentrate from Republic of Tea essentially does all the work for you. Combine a small amount of concentrate with your favorite milk — frothed, if possible! — and you’ll have the coziest beverage to start your day.
As you can see, making delicious coffee at home is not as difficult as it looks — as long as you have the essentials. All the items above can be found at stores on Rakuten, so you can be your own barista and a savvy shopper at the same time. Take a sip of your delicious fall beverage and have a spooky good time this October.