I had cafe con miel for the first time as a senior in college. While I was no stranger to flavored coffees (mochas may as well be an extra food group) I’d never even considered mixing honey into my coffee. Honey, I was certain, was just for tea and nutmeg? Nutmeg was definitely not supposed to be in my morning coffee. Despite my prejudice, one fateful day a barista in Ann Arbor talked me into trying it. Let me tell you, I loved it so much that I immediately went home and started looking up how to make it. It’s surprisingly really easy to make! Honey is really the star of the show here, the nutmeg and cinnamon help it taste that much more special. If you have some local or even home made honey this coffee recipe may be the perfect way to enjoy it! I used my Nespresso on the “lungo” setting to make my espresso and a milk frother to make those fluffy clouds of foam. But I’ve made this with stove top coffee and warmed milk too and it’s still delicious!
- 1 cup Strong coffee or espresso
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- 2-3 TBSP Honey (depends on how sweet you like it)
- Pinch of Nutmeg
- Optional: Cinnamon and Sugar for Garnish
- Brew your coffee or espresso. I use the lungo setting on my Nespresso but you can make yours however you like! We’re totally coffee inclusive here. If it’s made from coffee beans it’s good!
- Add your honey. Let it sit for a moment, this will give it a moment to dissolve in your hot coffee.
- Warm your milk. If you have a milk warmer/frother combo device that’s great, but if you don’t, you can warm your milk up with a quick minute in the microwave or slowly on the stovetop. Tip: you can buy handheld milk frothers for $6 to satisfy those cappuccino cravings at home.
- Add the pinch of nutmeg to the coffee/honey mix, give it a good stir.
- Pour in your milk and if you have it, spoon in that foam. Sip, sip, enjoy!
One quick thing that I love on this particular coffee (and toast actually). I keep a 50/50 mix of cinnamon and sugar handy in this mason jar shaker I made. Sprinkle a bit on top of you Café con Miel and you’ll feel like you’re drinking a coffee straight out of Starbucks! This combo is also delicious on top of buttered toast, pies, tarts and pretty much anything you think could use a dash of sweet cinnamon!1